We taught D about the establishment of the church, the apostasy, and restoration this week again, because he has so many questions about Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and especially the apostasy. When we first taught him about it, he was really surprised, and said he had no idea a period in history like that even existed! He was really interested to learn more about it, and we thought it was a really good opportunity to teach him about why a Restoration was even needed. So I took the restoration cups that I made and showed it to him, and it just clicked! It was one of the best lessons I think I’ve ever taken part in, because the Spirit was there, he asked questions, and the Spirit helped us answer them, and he understood everything we were talking about. At the end I bore my testimony about the Book of Mormon and the witness of the Spirit, and I felt the Spirit telling me what to say, so I started crying and the Spirit was just really strong. I’m not trying to brag or anything, I’m just saying how wonderful it feels to feel the Spirit supporting you in what you’re doing. We invited him to read the Book of Mormon from the beginning and pray about it, and it was really neat; he really sincerely promised us and the member there that he would read the Book of Mormon, from the beginning, and pray for a witness that it was true.
We are seeing him this Friday, and I am so excited. It’s weird, with him, I just KNOW that he is going to be baptised, at some point in the future. I’ve never felt that way about anyone, but I just have this really peaceful feeling, that I can almost see his baptism, and I know it’s going to happen, so I don’t feel any stress about teaching him, because in my mind it gets mixed up between when he is and isn’t baptised, so sometimes I feel like he already is. He’s such a sweet old man, and I just love him so much!
We also taught our Chinese investigator M this week again. We had planned to teach him about the restoration, and I felt a little bit strange about it, but I wasn’t sure what we were supposed to teach him instead. But then we got there and he asked LOADS of questions that could be answered with the plan of salvation, so we switched last minute. The lesson was SO GOOD, and I could see when the Spirit brought something to his understanding. He said he wants to be baptised, but after he finds out for himself that it is all true, which I told him was exactly right. I love teaching people the gospel, and I especially love it when they wait until they are sure of themselves before they commit to it. I’ve learned that the more people know about the gospel, the more it makes sense to them, and the stronger they become when they are baptised.
This week I was trying to focus on being more genuine in my teaching, and following the spirit more. I learned a really valuable lesson about not fighting the Spirit. At the beginning of M’s lesson I was focused on the Restoration. Then he started asking questions that deviated from the topic, and I would get a little irritated, answer them, and bring it back around to the Restoration. Then it would happen again. So finally I decided to quit fighting it. So I put away my Restoration leaflet and pulled out my Plan of Salvation cut-outs, and the minute I did that I felt the Spirit say, “Good girl.” Then I felt totally at peace and listened to His every impression during our time with him. If we follow the Spirit, we can’t go wrong.
Another experience we had was Sunday on the way to church. We received a referral from Bishop before Christmas but every lesson he set up with her to come teach with us fell through for one reason or another. The referral is his cousin. Anyway, he finally just gave us her address and said we could stop by any time just to introduce ourselves before we taught her. So we looked up where she lived, and it is literally right around the corner to our flat. We can walk there in less than a minute. So we tried stopping by once last week and she wasn’t home. We have to pass it on the way to church and this Sunday on the way past, I felt slightly pulled to it, but I just shook it off, thinking it was only because I knew that was where she lived now. We walked a couple more steps and then Sister Romero randomly muttered, “Hey, G! Want to come to church with us?” We always mutter things under our breath, and say random ideas that are a little bold for either of us to actually attempt, and we always joke about how one day, we should actually do all the things we think of. So when she said that I stopped right in front of the complex and said, “Wait, should we?”
We looked at each other. “I don’t know. Should we?”
“I don’t know! What do you feel?”
“I don’t know! I want to but I’m too scared!”
“Me too!” (Typical sister missionary right here.)
“What should we do?”
I decided to say a prayer, so we stood on the street and prayed, telling Heavenly Father that we were on the way to church and we felt like maybe we should stop by and invite Gwen to come with us. We’d never met her before! It seemed to strange! So we just asked for a confirmation one way or another of what we ought to do. Then we waited and I kept my eyes closed and prayed again silently, and just asked Heavenly Father if we should or not. Then a voice came into my mind and spoke the first line of the Missionary Purpose. “Your purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ…” I just started smiling with my eyes closed, 1) because He answered me so quickly, and 2) because the answer was for me to do something that I thought was pretty bold and frightening. Sister Romero saw me smiling and went, “Oh my goodness, did He tell you to too?” I opened my eyes and she was smiling nervously too. I nodded and we both kind of panicked a little bit. Then we walked up to the complex, were really nervous, so we said another prayer just to ask for courage. It all worked out really well! She said she couldn’t come this week, but she let us in for a few minutes, and she was SO COOL! She is the nicest person, and she just loved us, asked us about the Book of Mormon, and told us she wanted a clean, peaceful life, and she thought we could help her achieve it. She gave us Australian chocolate bars, and then said she was so excited for us to come over later in the week.
It was such a neat experience! The Spirit will drive us to do the right thing all the time. We need never be afraid to do something that He tells us to do.
Our dodge calls will be next Sunday, so I will find out if I am leaving Swansea after six months of being here. I almost definitely am, which makes me sad because I absolutely LOVE it and all the people here. If I leave its going to be really hard, I feel almost like its leaving home again. We will be in Pontypridd tomorrow for exchanges, and Wednesday in Merthyr for Zone Meeting. Oh yeah, as zone meeting we are doing a blood drive! So all the missionaries are going to donate blood. This oughta be interesting.
I hope you have a great week! Love you!