We were walking down the street the other day, and we saw two boys on their skateboards. The first boy sped across the street as a car approached. His friend followed close behind, but hit a pothole as he went to cross. He fell to the ground, right as the approaching car sped by. The driver was texting, oblivious that she might have taken this young man's life. Sister Bartnik and I looked at eachother in disbelief. We witnessed the hand of the Lord reaching down and saving this boy's life. What an incredible testimony that miracles still happen every day!
We received a referral from a ward mission leader of a man who is ready to meet with us. He is engaged, and his fiancee is a member. We finally met him, and before we could even introduce ourselves, he said "So can we set up a time?" He is ready to go! It is rare that we have people eager to meet with us. It is awesome to meet people who are truly prepared!
We are also teaching another couple, the husband is a less active member and she is not a member. They met at a dump in Florida! They were both in abusive marriages, and they rescued eachother. We taught her about the restoration of the church. It was so powerful to bear my testimony of this restored gospel. The difference between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and other churches is that this is the fullness of the gospel, the same church that Jesus Christ established on the earth. Heavenly Father called a prophet in these latter days, Joseph Smith, to restore the gospel. He was given the priesthood, that authority to act in the name of God. This gospel is built upon the word of God. We shared Joseph Smith's first vision, when He saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. After, our investigator looked at us and said "Wow. That was powerful!" We helped her to recognize times in her life when she has felt the spirit, and she has had some incredible experiences! And she recognizes the Lord's hand in getting her to this point in her life, where she is happy. We are so excited to teach her more and help her to know for herself if this is true.
We had a training with the other missionaries in our district. Our district leader said something that really stood out to me- he invited us to live our testimonies! Every day we should be living what we believe. Our testimony will shine from within us, and we should also vocalize it! I am trying to shine that light as bright as I can.
Yesterday we were walking home, and we passed a little girl, maybe nine years old, on her bike. We waved and smiled, and she called from across the street "You both look really cute!" It's small and simple unexpected things like that that make the day a little brighter!
|I don't know why there's a weird dot on Sis. Bartnik's eyelid but please ignore it! It's not there in real life!|
I love you all and I invite you to look for the small and simple things that are all around you!
"Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls." Alma 37:6-7