The Blessings of Prayer
Hi everybody! I have loved hearing about all of the blessings you have seen in your lives! I hope you can continue to look for things to be thankful for.
Sorry this email is so long but a lot has happened this week.
I won’t lie, this week has been really hard. First of all I ate it twice on my bike in a busy intersection. Luckily everyone was laughing so hard that they had to stop so I wasn’t hit! Then both of the toilets in the apartment flooded on the same day at around the same time. The investigator who was making the most progress ended up moving to Alaska last week out of nowhere and none of our other investigators have been answering their doors or their phones. One day Elder Smith and I had every appointment cancel on us last minute. We didn’t have a dinner appointment so we ended up going to the store and we each bought a gallon of Tillamook ice cream and ate it in silence back home. It had been a long day. That night I was a little discouraged when I went to say my prayers. I asked Heavenly Father to help me know that I was making a difference.
The next day my companion and I where walking around and out of nowhere this lady starts running at us. We guessed she wasn’t LDS because she had a cross necklace on.
“Where can I get one of those T necklaces?”
“A cross from where?”
Anyway, the lady runs up and gives us this huge hug. It kind of freaked me out at first because I had been told so many times in the MTC to never hug girls and now this older woman had just thrown herself on to me. After a long hug she let us go and told us that she was not of our faith but that we were helping so many people and we were making a huge difference. I was speechless for a moment. Heavenly Father had been really specific in answering my prayer. It was a testament to me that God does answer our prayers exactly how we need them to be answered.
The day after that we were riding through our apartment complex and this guy and girl were out smoking. Elder Smith and I waved and they asked us if we were missionaries. We slammed on our breaks and went to talk to them. We found out that they where brother and sister. The sister believed in God and the brother was agnostic. We shared a quick message with them about the Savior (3 Nephi 11) and talked about the temple. With tears in their eyes they looked at us and said that that was exactly what they needed to hear. It turns out that they had had some people in their family pass away and they needed comfort. They shook our hands and invited us back anytime.
I promise you brothers and sisters that if you will ask God for help and act with even the smallest bit of faith that he will perform miracles all around you. Don’t be afraid to be a missionary at all times. People need to hear this message and full time missionaries can’t do it alone. We need members to help us. When members are involved with teaching and befriending investigators that is when miracles happen.
Again I’m sorry this email is forever long but I hope you can know that what I said is true. I love you all so much. Thank you for your prayers and emails and letters. I can’t wait to hear from you! Love ya!