Well, this week I have learned a lesson on God's will. It is interesting because I had read multiple talks on the subject, and to see if I learned anything, God tested me. And the test is still going on haha. But more on this later.
This week we were able to visit the family who is sending a missionary to Montana. Let me tell you, it was the most spiritual lesson I have ever participated. We answered all their questions and after the first vision, tears were shed and a spiritual bomb was set off in that little room. The Spirit even gave the sister an answer right after we recited the first vision. We like to give a little pause between "Hear Him" and explaining the vision, and wow the Spirit does work in that space. It was a really sacred experience, one that you'll have to wait until a later date to hear about :)
The very next day, we taught a mother and a son who were obviously passing through some difficulties. And after another super powerful lesson, the Spirit did the rest and really changed the whole situation. Unfortunately, she is a school teacher and had to work the elections yesterday, butttttttttttt God knew that. So, we had lunch at the District President's house and he had to vote after we ate. He just so happened to go to the same school where this mom was working with the Sisters too. They talked to her, and invited her to the Halloween Party (yeah, it is called a party here not some fall festival nonsense haha) we will have on Friday. She accepted, even remembered our names, and called US this morning asking for another visit as soon as possible. Miracles are real.
But, even after these super spiritual experiences, none of our investigators came to church. Not even one. So, we will not be able to meet the mission goal of every missionary baptizing this month. Yeah, I was angry and confused. But then all those talks on God's will came to mind along with the Mormon Message by Elder Christofferson about the Gardener.
So, I am learning humility. Slowly but surely haha.
Austin - Goodbyes are hard, but now is your time to help some of these young men who really dont have anybody. Yes, you may not like them, nor do you have to. But you have to love them. It is the essence of the gospel! Please write Cullen every week. He may not have a lot of home support, so make the extra effort to write him too. Love ya bro.
Cam - email
Lexi - Hello favorite Sister! That movie is pretty popular here, did you like it? All the girls at my school read that book. What is it about?? You are going to be mom?? How scary ;) I miss Don! You cant be a picky eater in Brazil! You eat some strange things! Love ya!
I love you all! I hope you guys have an awesome week!
Live the life :D
Elder Zac Johnson