here's a wee bit from me week:)
on exchanges-she had started up with a big wall and as we spoke it came down and she allowed us in. Later after we called to set up a return apt she said to give her a few more days so she’d have time to read the Book of Mormon. I was stoked! She was serious about reading! When we went back, she was super nice, let us in and had us sit down, even let us begin with a prayer…then she broke my heart.meh. She told us she had read and just didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of Joseph Smith being a prophet. Her pastor had told her to just be honest with us, so she said she’d give us our book back, but that she was going to stick with her religion. I asked her if she had prayed about it and she said she did. She apologized if she had wasted our time. I didn’t know what to do. We smiled, agreed to disagree and still be friends, but inside I was desperately seeking for some kind of guidance, something to say to her…dah! It was so sad to walk out of there, because, according to her, she had done what was required. I still know moroni’s promise is true-I’m just not sure what heavenly father’s plan is for her, and was there something more we could’ve done. She’s just the sweetest, most kind hearted woman-and I just want the best for her. And I know heavenly father knows what’s best, I just want to know why it doesn’t include the restored gospel in her life right now.
Oh yeah-next little miracle, we stopped by for our lesson with Ronnie and as we pulled up we noticed he was with a friend chilling in the lawn chairs out front of their mobile home. From afar he shouted that is wasn’t a good time and we should probably come back later. Naturally I’d be ok, we’ll try to come back later-all polite and nice right. NOPE-I felt the need to go in for a closer visit so we could meet Ronnie’s friend. We introduced ourselves and told him who we were, explained the BOM a little bit and he was very interested. We left him with a copy, he said he’d definitely read it and was very curious. Straight up we had him read the first paragraph in the introduction and he was like, “yeah, I believe it, that makes sense”. Unfortunately we couldn’t set up a return appointment because he was staying with his mother-in-law while his home in Virginia is being built. And theeeeen, right after him we went to try and contact sis solomon’s son who is less active but happened across his roommate drew who was a breath of fresh air…he was extrememly polite, kind, open and accepting of everything we said. He said he’d read the Book of Mormon and would love to meet with us again when we stopped back in to see Erik. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves-it was so great! Heavenly Father was keeping us on our toes, by knocking us flat with a mini miracle. I love being a missionaryJ
The lovely Donna Brown came out with us because it was her assigned week through the Relief Society. I’d never really talked to her much, just knew who she was. She came with us to see Mike Weatherford, and little did we know (but of course heavenly father did) that they had previously worked together at the Dixie Cup plant. Not only that but this time, with most of His questions out of the way we were able to cover more of the story of the restoration. Sis Brown bore a powerful testimony about Joseph Smith and Mike said he’d be coming to church this Sunday to check it out. Mike’s the kind of person that commits to something, so I totally believe that he will, he also said he’d start getting into the Book of Mormon. Having Donna be our little miracle just testified to me that Heavenly Father’s trying to tell us –MEMBER MISSIONARY WORK!...in the soft sweet voice of the spirit.
Well, I hope y'all are taking Elder Ballards challenge seriously, because seriously, nothing can bring more joy than having charity and sharing the gospel. Fav quote from Eleanor Roosevelt "never suppress a generous thought" and what's more generous than sharing the blessings of the restored gospel with members, nonmembers and less actives everywhere!