May 24, 2016

Because It's True

So. Many. Miracles. That basically sums up the week.

On Tuesday I was able to take a family on tour where the mother and daughter were actually members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or the Community of Christ church as it's now known. They told me that fact right at the beginning of the tour so I was a little bit nervous, but it ended up being so good! Throughout the tour we talked about the differences between the churches and they had a ton of questions about our church and our faith. It was so interesting to hear their side because their beliefs are very similar to ours and they know a lot about early church history, but it changes after Joseph Smith was martyred. They believe that Joseph's son should have been the next prophet because that is how it occurs in the Book of Mormon. I thought that was an interesting thought. They were also very interested in hearing our side and they were very open and respectful. Out in the cemetery, the daughter ended up asking me "Why do you think the Mormon church is so big?" The answer: because it's true! I read Moroni 10:3-5 with them and told them that millions of people have taken that challenge to find out the truth for themselves and they have been able to find an answer. I then challenged them to do the same thing and find the truth for themselves. After talking with them, it made me so grateful for the knowledge and testimony that I do have of this gospel. The church is so true.

A miracle that happened on Saturday was when Sister Abbott and I were tracting for a little bit and a truck with two Hispanics pulled up next to us. I'm not trying to be racist, but I was a little freaked out. We found out that one of them is actually a member of the church who is here from Mexico to work for a few months and he has been trying to find out where the church meetinghouse is. He didn't speak much English at all, but from what we could gather he told us that both he and his wife served missions and were married in the temple. He was such a cool guy! We were able to give him the number for the Spanish missionaries so that he could go to church. It is so amazing to see how the Lord puts us in the right place at the right time to be able to help people.

Another miracle... ELI AND CHRISTINE CAME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY! Can you tell I'm excited? It has been almost a month since we started meeting with them and this was the first time that they have been able to make it to church. It was so good to see them there and they are now one step closer to being baptized! All that I can really say is that missions are the absolute best.
 Exchanges with Sister Johnson. Goodness, she's a superstar. But really though.

 Quote from Sister Parsons: "If you let Sister Slater pluck your eyebrows, she may take a chunk of flesh out of your eye. But it's worth it!"

I forgot to send this last week, but happy 15 months! We took this before Sister Murphy left us... but we don't talk about that.

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