Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Come to Church

You know that part of The District where the sister missionaries are working with that lady who never comes to church and one of the sisters says, "Just come to church!" That's kind of how Sister Winsor and I have felt this week. We've had a lot of good things happen this week. We stopped by to see this lady we'd met a couple weeks ago. She's been outside looking for her cat, and we told her we'd keep an eye out for him. We went back to see how they were doing and we talked with her for a while. She and her family (a husband and daughter) just moved up here from Florida and are staying with his dad. And she's been feeling like she needs to start going to a church. She was raised Catholic; her husband was raised Baptist, but neither of them want to go back to those churches. So we talked with her for a little bit about our church and testified as to what a big difference it would make in her life and we invited her to come, and she agreed. And she was really excited to come, and bring her husband and daughter. We also set up a time to go by after church and teach them a little more. That was on Wednesday.

Friday night we stopped by another family. Their son was going to be graduating the next day, so she invited us over to the party. And then we got into a really good conversation about the importance of keeping the little commandments, like prayer, scriptures study, and church attendance. She told us she really feels that their family needs to "get a solid church family" was the way she put it. Her work is the big challenge for her, because she rarely has a Sunday off. She says she's been praying to know what she can do, because she needs to help support her family, she loves her job, and she also really wants to go to church. Then her husband came out and we asked him if they'd discussed being baptized, and he said they hadn't got around to it yet, but that since she had work off till Thursday they'd talk about it. We went back to the graduation party for a bit on Saturday, it was very fun, and we invited them to church again, but since family was in town she didn't make any promises.

Then later on Saturday we went out to see this man that we'd met a week ago. He wasn't home so we went out tracting for a bit. As we were walking back to the car, he found us and told us that he saw our car and he'd been looking for us. Apparently, ever since we talked with him and prayed with him, he'd been getting lots of calls from people about job interviews. He was so excited about it, and he told us that he really felt it was because of our prayer that this was happening to him. He also said that he'd been about to read a little bit of the Book of Mormon and when he did he got the same feeling he gets when he reads the Bible, only more intense, and he can understand it better. I told him that that was the Holy Ghost telling him the book was the word of God, and he very excitedly agreed. We said another prayer with him, invited him to church (he said he'd try his best) and set up another time to meet later this week. It was a really sweet moment.

None of those people came to church, and when we went by for the appointment that afternoon no one was home, so that was a little disappointing, but's it's ok. We'll get them all to come next week. But a couple of the elder's investigators, a family with 4 kids, did come to church. And they just moved into our area so now we'll be teaching them. The husband even got up in fast and testimony meeting and bore his testimony. They're not married, but that's the only thing keeping them from being baptized. So we may be having a wedding pretty soon, hopefully.

Sister Rudy on May 29, 2014--the One Year Mark!!!

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