Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Making everlasting and omnipotent

another week full of miracles and still no snow! 

The Dream Team👊
unfortunately, we still have no investigators.  But life is still good.  We taught a few lessons to potentials, but mostly just to muslims who wanted to convert us.  Muslims are some of the nicest people.  But they really do just want to convert us.  hahah.  
There was this one who was just trying to debate with us (he literally called our meeting a debate) and right when we got in there we felt we should leave, so we left within 15 minutes and just told him that's not why we were there.  ...... such a gong show.  But he gave us these cool hand made indian decorations...we're not sure what they mean but they look pretty cool. :)
We gave trainings at two ZTM's which was pretty fun!  One was on the Book of Mormon and the spirit just led that training like nobody's business.  It's the most fulfilling thing to feel the spirit work through you to help other people.  
In the middle of the other zone meeting we went to, this sikh man walked in and was trying to find whoever called a taxi!  Nobody called a taxi, but sister McKeon and I ran out after him to talk to him.  It was pretty cool, he said, "i know God sent me here today to meet you!" and we got his number so we can teach him. :) hopefully we can.
We had supper with a member, and she has a Japanese exchange student living with her named Kurumi!  It was her birthday, so we got to celebrate with her and her Chinese friends!  We tried to teach them all but their english is pretty limited...they are so precious though.  It was a lot of fun. 
ALSO we are starting to teach an english class as a finding tool this week!  It should be great. 
so one night we were trying a potential (they weren't home...) and we got back in the car.  We looked up and saw these two teenage boys walking a little ways away from us, so we decided to drive over to talk to them!  We talked with them, and one of them is Jeffry!  I actually talked to him on a bus downtown at one point and gave him a Book of Mormon, then he told us he is GOING TO THE MORMON CHURCH WITH HIS FRIEND'S FAMILY!!!  He told us he isn't a Mormon, YET.  :) :) :) SUCH A MIRACLE.  I love it when Heavenly Father gives us glimpses of the fruits of the seeds we plant. 
okay miracle number two
last night it was almost 8 o'clock, and the lesson we had scheduled fell through.  We tried a few people and nothing seemed to be working.  As we were driving we saw this man walking.  I felt like we should stop and talk to him, but was so annoyed and frustrated with the way things had been going so I kept driving... but after about 5 seconds I was just like.....OKAY FINE and i pulled over. We went back to talk to him but couldn't see him. It was pretty dark. I felt a pretty hopeless. Out of frustration I just threw my hands up in the air and looked at the sky and said, "Heavenly Father I don't know what you want me to do! What on earth do we do??"  We got back in the car and decided to turn around to find him. We saw him sitting in the bus shelter so we went to talk to him. After telling him why we came to talk to him, he just said, "okay, so will you teach me?"  We were just like.....uh YES so we had to run back to the car to get a Book of Mormon. His name is Abel and he is from Ethiopia. He was just taking a break from work (door to door sales) so we went back and taught him about the restoration! The spirit was SO REAL there in that bus shelter. He said he had been having a really hard time and had been asking God for direction. And for a book. (Crazy right??) He felt pretty alone. When we talked about he apostasy, he said, "that's me right now! I don't have direction from God!" Then when we told him about the first vision...man it was just so real. We invited him to be baptized and he said yes!  He said that he knows we were messengers from God to help him and bring him what he needs.  He lives downtown and is YSA age so we will be passing him over to some other missionaries this week but man. words cannot describe the reality of our Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost! 
I feel like God will give us trials and struggles and we just have to trust him and work as hard as we can. Then when we have given all we have, and then some, he pours out his miracles that he has been wanting to give us!  We have to trust him and be faithful to the end.  Whether it's the end of the night or the end of our lives. In the words of someone much wiser than I, 

"What does  the word  “endure”  mean?  It  means  we  whiteknuckle  it,  “I'm  going  to  endure this”, right?  Wrong. The  Hebrew  word  means to  “make  everlasting  and  omnipotent”  to make  you  like  God. It is  a  sanctifying  process.  Enduring  to  the  end  is  one  of the  most  sanctifying  and exalting doctrines we have, and we think it's just “hanging in there”. "

The gospel is real, and it is an active thing. There is no sitting back and just holding on. We work, work, work, and work some more. And the grace of God gives us the strength to do so. 

"Wishing will not make it so. The Lord expects our thinking. He expects our action. He expects our labors. He expects our testimonies. He expects our devotion." Thomas S. Monson

God is good, my friends. 

Onward, ever onward. 

Sister Jones 

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