Well I don't feel as bad about writing really short last week, since this week didn't really work out at all. The server was down when we tried...so I had a very relaxing P Day without writing home. I took a nap for a little bit, even made chocolate chip cookies. (I bought a mix at an American store in Korea last time I was there.) It was great. Well I decided to write a little bit, a day late, before I go to lunch and then District Meeting.
So I don't know who started upping their prayers for me...but thank you! We have seen so many incredible miracles this week. I think I have seen more accomplished in the last 4 days than in any other stretch of time like that in my entire mission. We had a meeting with a really less active investigator, who lives in this apartment that looks like Zombies should live there...I get creeped out every time I go there. One time I swear we saw a zombie there...it was awesome. It can't be chance that next door is some kind of bacteria lab...creepy. Anyway....so we went to meet with this member, and he told us that there were people at his apartment and wanted to sit and talk next door. It sounded to me like an adventure so of course I was all for it. Especially in the Zombie Dome. (That is what I call it always.) Turns out next door was his nephew, which was OK. So as we are starting to talk we invited the nephew in on the lesson and he began to listen and participate. To make a kind of long story short, the next day we met with him again and set a baptismal date for him in November. It was absolutely incredible. I have never taught so much in unity and with the Spirit as Elder Gmeiner and I taught that day, we even took turns playing with his kitten. The Spirit's presence was felt so strong by all of us. Soon we are planning to meet his wife and we'll see how well we can help her see that the Gospel will bless her life too. It was so great.
Then, on Sunday before Sacrament meeting we had a lesson that was set up for us with a friend of the Relief Society President in our Branch. I have never met someone so accepting of the Gospel. (Unless they're crazy or too drunk to understand what they are agreeing to.) She felt the Spirit so strong, and understood the message so well. I can't even describe how incredible it was. There are so many people, everywhere you go, who are ready to accept the Restored Gospel, and do what it takes to follow Jesus Christ. When we asked her what she expected to get out of our lessons, I don't think I could have thought of a more miraculous answer myself. She said "I want to learn how to pray, how to workship God, and I want to change my life." That is what we do as missionaries. We teach people who they are, who God is, and what our real relationship with Him is. Once you really understand who you are, then you are already a hop, skip, and a leap closer to your Father in Heaven. You are devine, and you should know that.
There is absolutely no substitute in Missionary work for members. The testimony of someone who doesn't go around with a white shirt and nametag every day, and who does the things that normal people do, is so powerful. When our great Relief Society President testified of the restored truths of the Gospel there was a Spirit there so strong, and that was when understanding really began to take place on all levels. The best part is that they only met each other a few months ago at work. The people who you can help to find the joy of the Gospel don't have to be life-long friends. It could be. But it could also be someone you met just yesterday. Ask the Lord to help you do member missionary work, and He will bless you.
The message is true. There is no question in my mind about that. Prophets and Apostles walk the earth today. God's power has been restored. You can find happiness. Seek, and ye shall find. I'm so grateful for the opportunities to see the blessings of the Lord each day as I invite others to come unto Christ. I couldn't ask for anything better to do with my life.
Have a great week, and happy birthday Tara! Also to Ammon last week...I didn't forget...they just kicked me off before I could write it. Love you all!
Elder Sam Fife