(Sent June 1st, 2010)
Well another week has gone by here and i can't believe it's already June! Time is flying. Kansas is experiencing summertime with wheat fields turning golden and sunflowers. Its so pretty.
We see some crazy things out here that I never thought I would see. We were tracting and a guy came out onto the doorstep and started yelling "Praise Jesus! Praise Jesus! lord bless these sisters!" and he went on in a sermon/prayer for us. Then when he was done, he turned around and walked back inside his house and slammed the door.....cool. At least he kind of knows that we're out doing. We have a member of our ward who we have been able to bring back to church. It's so amazing to see her family change and come back to church. She has 6 daughters and they werer all sealed in the in the okahoma Temple but sadly, they have fallen away. Since we've been teaching them, they have ordered new garments and are preparing to go again. I'm so happy for them. She sends us scriptures via text message every morning and its amazing how closely they relate to what we need throughout the day. She is so in tune to the spirit.
As I was having personal study one morning, I thought of how we can teach people that the lamanites are the principal ancestors of the American Indians. And how, through that the truth, can they know that the book of mormon is true? I asked my companion and she said that there isn't any proof and that the only way to know the book of mormon is true, is to pray and ask. i think the lord knew we would need to know this, because ina lesson later that night, we found out that our invesigator, Dave, is native American. He is really inot the thought of how the book of mormom is related to his ancestors. he asked me "How do you know that is true?" and I told him by prayer and comformation of the Holy Ghost. He then said he can see why it's important that he finds out for himself that the book of mormon is ture. I was so happy he realized that. We are continuing to teach him and hope he contines to progress towards baptism.
Our investigator, Judy, is still having problems with smoking but we continue to teach her and commit her to the things that will help. This past visit, I told her that Sister Power's birthday is on June 19th. Sister Power said the BEST birthday present she could ever receive would be to see her get baptized on that date. Judy started laughing and said she would try. We may have been a bit sneaky but she is so ready for this. She just needs that set date in her mind.
We were reading from the talk, Seek Learning by Faith by Elder Bednar and in it, he talks about how Joshua's leadership, the children of Israel came to the river Jordan and were promised the waters would part and they would be able to cross over on dry ground. But the waters didn't immediately part. In fact, they had to get the soles of their feet wet before it would even part. They had to walk into the water BEFORE it even parted. I think that is so true about life. Some things require us to take that first step into the dark before we can see the light. WE receive no witness until after the trial of our faith. So whatever is hard for you or difficult, remember that the Lord will always keep his promises if we are faithful. The church is true! I love you all!
P.S. Our companion and I though matching Toy Story shirts would help our companion unity :)