Monday, March 16, 2015

Miracles and Bird Flu: 9/2/14

Those random Monday holidays are the worst as missionaries. No mail and no open libraries and no email. Thank goodness for Tuesday I guess!

The most exciting thing we have to announce: we have an investigator preparing for baptism! I wish I could say we did something to lead to this, but it is all her. We are so excited and happy. Our next step? Make sure she has very solid fellowship. Currently that is lacking, but we will get there. 

Another Big Moment: our 88 year old investigator who tells us every time that she won't convert and she won't pray, prayed. Then, she didn't say she wouldn't convert at the end like usual. YAY!

On Wednesday we did a service involving years of bird nests, feathers, and droppings. The next day,we were down. We were down for a few days. We aren't sure what it was but it took us completely out for two and a half days. I am barely getting my appetite back up. 

You know? While we were getting stir crazy in the house trying not to puke, Sister Anderson and I discussed how some missionaries get sick and stay in and have trouble getting out again; we were just anxious to get out. Well, I won't lie. It's been a struggle getting back to missionary life. I think part of it is I'm still a little weak from being sick, but we've got out and are back to work. So far so good. Sister Anderson has been helping with her never ending supply of energy and enthusiasm for the work. 

So, that sums up the week! We saw miracles and then we saw the bowl of the toilet a lot. We were, as my family says, "praying to the porcelain Gods".  

I just really love God. I love the Atonement, that great sacrifice of Christ. I know that it truely is sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify. That's what it's all about. I was thinking of that line in Alma 5 during the sacrament this week, "If you have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask can you feel so now?". Have you let you faith go dormant? Are you really taking this sacrament as a symbol of his suffering and death? So, I turned to the scripture and looked to the footnotes to see what else I could find. I found Alma 26:12-16.

 12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.
 13 Behold, how many thousands of our brethren has he loosed from the pains of hell; and they are brought to sing redeeming love, and this because of the power of his word which is in us, therefore have we not great reason to rejoice?
 14 Yea, we have reason to praise him forever, for he is the Most High God, and has loosed our brethren from the chains of hell.
 15 Yea, they were encircled about with everlasting darkness and destruction; but behold, he has brought them into his everlasting light, yea, into everlasting salvation; and they are encircled about with the matchless bounty of his love; yea, and we have been instruments in his hands of doing this great and marvelous work.
 16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.
I absolutely love that. I can tell you I have seen people encircled about by that everlasting darkness and destruction. I am so honored to be part of bringing them to that everlasting light, to see them encircled about by the matchless bounty of God's love. Of all the miracles I have seen on my mission, the greatest on of them all is that it's true. It is all true. I'm grateful to be a part of it.

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