November 11, 2013
This week has been pretty exciting and FULL of miracles!
So the last few weeks, Sister Oh and I have had no investigators. Which kind of stinks because basically your job as a missionary is to teach, and if you have nobody to teach... well...You can look and look and look, but unless you find, there's very little you can do. But we started off this week with some goals as a companionship. We decided we were going to teach two lessons to investigators this week. This was a HUGE step of faith because we had no investigators.
Well, this week, we taught THREE lessons, and we have a progressing investigator (someone we've taught twice and they're keeping their commitments - in this case, reading the Book of Mormon). Last night, when we reviewed our week, it was powerful to see how the Lord has been doing mighty works through small miracles.
A work about our progressing investigator: This woman's name is Sister Oh. (Yes, she has the same name as my companion.) She came to church last week totally out of the blue, and said she wanted to see if she liked our religion and if her children could have a good experience here. (She has two young sons.) We taught her about the Restoration of the gospel and the Book of Mormon. When we taught her about the Book of Mormon, she had this look on her face that pretty much broadcasted, "You people are crazy, and I don't like you." We asked her to read the introduction to the Book of Mormon when she went home last night.
All week, she wouldn't answer our calls or return our texts. We thought she had dropped us, and that she had no interest. We were disappointed, but after almost 3 weeks of no investigators, it wasn't anything too unfamiliar.
Yesterday, we, along with the four elders in our ward, were greeting the people coming to church, and guess who walked up. Sister Oh and her two adorable little boys. She was so happy! She had come back! Her boys were excited to be there too! During the second hour, we taught her with a member friend she had made the previous week. We asked her if she'd read the introduction to the Book of Mormon,and not only had she read it, she'd read the witness accounts and Moroni's introduction as well! Her countenance was entirely different than it had been the previous week. We read the first chapter of the Book of Mormon together and invited her to read the next two this coming week. She happily accepted, and said she couldn't wait to come back.
The whole experience was such a powerful reminder that this is the Lord's work. It is HIS gospel, HIS church, HIS work, and He will do it in HIS timing and in HIS way. We are merely the instruments He chooses to work through. It's such a blessing to be able to witness the Lord's hand working among His children. I couldn't be more grateful to be on a mission serving the living God. I know He lives, and I know He still works miracles today.
I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!
Sister Sarah Bonney