Boy, I don’t even know where to begin, it seems like a whole bunch happened this week, but I never remember what happened from one moment to the next, so I guess I’ll do my best to report just the most important things. So I guess that means I talk about miracles! Everybody loves miracles! Especially missionaries.
Early this week we were tracting and we met this guy from Sudan. When he found out who we were he goes, “Wait! Wait!” Then excitedly pulled his cross necklace out of his shirt. “I’m a Christian!”
“YEAH! Us too!”
Then he saw the Book of Mormon in Sister Siri’s hands. “Can I have one?”
“This is wonderful, will you come back and visit me again very soon.”
He told us where his store was and said to come on Tuesday at 5:00 and if he wasn’t in his house, he’d be at his store. Tuesday we had to go to Newport for interviews, so we got back late to Cardiff, and we were on our way to see him at his house when we had the impression to just go to his store instead. When we walked in he was behind the counter with his friend, and he goes, “Oh! Girls!” Then grabbing his friend he goes, “George! These are the young ladies I told you all about! The ones with the book and the church!” Then his friend got all excited and asked, “Do you have another book?”
Yessir! We certainly do and it’s got your name on it! He took it and said he was excited to start reading it, and then he asked us TONS of questions about our beliefs and what makes us different from other religions. They go to the some Greek Orthodox Church, so I asked them to tell me about it cause I don’t know very much. So they said how it was started by St. Mark, and how the Catholics were started by St. Peter. Then he asked the golden question, “Who was your church started by?” Aha! Just what I wanted to hear!
“Well, actually, our church was started by Jesus Christ! It’s the same one He established when He was alive, and it’s been brought back to the earth again after it was lost.”
“No way, really?! I’m going to tell my wife about this. And I’m going to read God’s word in this Book of Mormon. We will tell our congregation about it on Sunday.”
Miracles happen, folks. They certainly do.
Let’s talk about another one. We were lost on our bikes, even though we were really close to our flat, and every time I would look at the map it would tell us we were in a different place. So I’d look at where we needed to go, cycle for about a minute, stop and check again, and we were in a totally different place on the map, and in the city. Logically, it never should have happened. How did we get from this street to this one a mile away in one minute? We were literally changing location almost instantly and quite illogically and I was super disoriented. I was tired and hungry, and I wanted to go home and eat. So finally I stopped and went, ‘Heavenly Father, we’re lost.’ And the Spirit said, ‘You aren’t lost. Follow the map.’
‘THE MAP IS WRONG. IT ISN’T GETTING US WHERE WE NEED TO GO.’
And the Spirit said, ‘Who says that’s where you need to go?’
Quite rebuked, I realised that maybe where I wanted to go wasn’t where Heavenly Father needed me to go. I looked at the map again and found which way we needed to get home, then started cycling again. As we came around this corner there was a woman with about six big shopping bags in front of her, and only two hands, so I jumped off my bike and asked her if we could help by. She let us and we started talking to her as we walked. She was just outside a church when we met her and I asked her if she went to that church. “Yes. I’m a Christian!”
“That’s great so are we!”
We asked her where she was from and she was from Ghana, so I told her about Brent serving a mission in Ghana, and then told her I was serving a mission now too. So she asked which church we went to.
“We go to the Mormon church.”
Her eyes got bright and she said, “I LOVE YOUR CHURCH! It’s one of the best in the world! Can I come?”
Yes, ma’am, you certainly can! She said that her brother went to church in Ghana and he loved it, but when he came over here he couldn’t find it because the old building had closed. So we gave her the address to the church and she said she’d bring her brother to church on Sunday, and that he was going to be so excited that she found it.
That miracle was basically not because of my faith at all, and it took a lot of pushing from the Spirit to actually make me go through the motions to carry it out. Sometimes He just needs something to happen so bad He doesn’t have time to wait for us mortals to be obedient and faithful for it, He just goes for it!
Okay, sorry, just one more. Jamie. You know how statistically almost ALL of our baptisms here are from member referrals? Well Jamie came from a recent convert in London. It was his brother who was baptised really recently, and he referred Jamie to us. We’d been trying to meet him for weeks, but he could never make it. We finally saw him this Thursday. Shall we just say, he’s very prepared. Which for here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet one! He asked to be baptised before we’d even started How to Begin Teaching! So we put him on a date, and then started the lesson. He’s incredible. He said he just wanted to change his life and make it pure and aligned with Jesus Christ, and he knew it would be hard, but he said he wanted it bad enough to do it. At the end of the lesson he said such a sincere prayer to Heavenly Father, and then told us how grateful he was that God had led him to us. He told us he felt really peaceful, and really calm and happy, and it just made him want to cry and shout at the same time. We read him Galatians about the fruits of the Spirit, and he said, “That’s exactly how I feel! I’m feeling the Spirit! I can’t wait to get baptised!”
I almost cried it was that good. I can’t wait for him to experience the joy of the Gospel!
Sorry that was long. I can’t think of much more to tell you about this week. Oh, apart from the fire in the library, haha. We literally ALWAYS get kicked out of the library! We were in the city library on the fifth floor trying to look up travel arrangements when suddenly the fire alarm started blaring! Then a bunch of security men showed up and started evacuating us like a herd of beef through the fire escapes. It was pretty fun, but not as exciting as I expected. I didn’t even really smell smoke. Ya know when something like that happens you expect the full effect; smoke, coughing, flames, shouting, running. There was plenty of shouting, but none of the other stuff. I guess we can’t have it all.
We had our mid-trainers meeting this last Friday in Birmingham and it was good, but we had to get up at 4:00 to get there, and it was dark and deserted in the city and there was a creepy guy stalking us, so we texted the elders and told them they might never see us again. Haha, they were so worried, and I felt bad for waking them up so early.
Oh, and apparently Friday was my fifteen months…..I guess you could say it’s been a while.
I’ve made a resolution to start eating more is week, because I’ve lost a lot of weight really quickly here, and it’s made me super tired with like no energy. I didn’t know it was the weight loss that did it, but I asked Heavenly Father what I should do because I felt so drained and unmotivated, and I got surprised when I had he impression to eat more! But hey! Great! I bought a lot of food today! Mostly vegetables and good stuff, because I don’t want to gain weight again, but I know I need to eat more food, no matter what it is.
I know this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that it was given to us by a loving Heavenly Father to bring happiness and eternal life to all of us. And I know that it is the one and only way to happiness now, and in eternity. I know that it is the only way through which we can all be saved together as eternal families in His kingdom, if we work for it and stay true to our covenants.
I love you all!
Sister Wadz ❤️