Monday, April 14, 2014

God is Good! - Round Two

Hey there!
Things here in Louetta are amazing and just keep getting better! The Lord is definitely blessing us! This week has seriously been full of miracles, but to begin I'm going to tell a funny story. Yesterday between church and ward council we went knocking in an apartment complex. This is what I learned. Sunday afternoons are not the best time to knock, because people are lazy and answer the door as they are. 3 men on one floor answered the door with their shirts off and we were just having none of it. We're standing there trying to invite them to come unto Christ, and they just stand there half naked without the decency to put on a shirt! haha it was pretty funny and pretty uncomfortable too. Let's just say missionaries are sheltered from the world....haha sorry, now on to the miracles.
First off, we have two baptismal dates! Yay!!! One is with "R", and she is honestly the most prepared person I have ever taught.She came with all of the questions in the back of the folleto of the Plan of Salvation all filled out and essentially taught us. I mean, who actually does that? Someone who is so prepared and has a desire to follow God and be baptized. That's her for sure! So we explained the things she didn't understand and she just is so incredible! We have set a date for the 26th of April with her! So please keep her in your prayers so that she will be able to reach her goal. Also, can I just say how crucial members are in missionary work? We are teaching her in member's homes and it is so amazing to see how they are able to fellowship and help her where we as missionaries can't. She came to church on Sunday again and she is just the most incredible, sweetest woman in the world.
Then, the second date we have is for an 11 year old girl. We got permission (and are hoping to help her mom get there too)so hopefully her dad will give permission as well. So please keep them in your prayers! The way we set her date was a complete miracle in and of itself. We have been trying to get in with them ever since I came to this area and have never been able to. We were almost about to drop them. We were planning to visit a member who lived by them, but as we were about to knock on their door we saw her walk past with her hands full, looked back to their car and also saw her mom with bags and a basket full of clothes. I asked if they needed help and regardless of what they said, just picked up the bag and started walking. As we brought the clothes to their apartment the mom said "Pasenle" and she let us in!! I began talking with the mom, and Hermana Baxter with her daughter. I had an awesome conversation with her mom, she already knows a lot about the church, and I really hope we can continue to teach her! Hermana Baxter had been reading with her daughter from the children's Book of Mormon and she turned to us and said, "Your daughter wants to get baptized, is that okay with you?" She said yes!She just wants her to know what it is that she is doing, and understand it before she is baptized. We assured her that we will take time to teach her, because we don't want someone to enter into that sacred covenant with God if they're going to break it from a lack of understanding. So, needless to say, GOD IS GOOD. To continue with miracles, we found new investigators, had unexpected member present lessons, knocked into an inactive member, the list goes on and on. So again, GOD IS GOOD. We are so blessed and I love being a missionary!
  Our "teachable" children. Aren't they adorable?!

Also, why isn't everyone as teachable as children? I am really beginning to understand the invitation the Savior has given us to become as little children, they are so pure and filled with so much love. One night this week our appointment fell through and we didn't
know what we should do. As we were walking, we saw a little girl who is member of our ward playing with her friend outside. We went up and said hi to them and we ended up reading from the kid's Book of Mormon with them (that book is amazing!) and sung I am a Child of God. After we finished singing, about 6 more kids came up to us and we were just able to read the stories with them and take pictures. Ahhh I love little kids!!! I really want to be able to become like them, so teachable and humble.
So I'm going to end with a great scripture. Mosiah 3:19 "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, een as a child doth submit to his father."
So, let us all try to apply that to our lives. I love you all and hope that you are doing well! Good luck to everyone with school! LOVE YOU!!!

Hermana Hoj

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