Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stake President, Mission President, and ... Brother Choi?!

March 24, 2014
Dear everyone!

This week has been fantastic! I can hardly believe it's already over and we're heading into the last stretch of this transfer. Just when you think time couldn't go any faster, it speeds up!

This weekend, we had stake conference! It was amazing. We had some great speakers, and both President and Sister Gilbert came AND spoke. HERE'S the exciting part: On Sunday morning, we got to the church and looked at the program for the main Sunday meeting. We looked at the speakers...President Lee (stake president), President Gilbert...other leaders....and then.... Brother Choi!!!!!!! The INCREDIBLE investigator, now member, who was baptized in January. He was the only NON-leader on the program. I was so excited that I just about died! Brother Choi is AMAZING. Every time he answers a question or makes a comment about the gospel, I learn. I didn't think there were people like him out there. I just can't explain it. He's amazing. And he gave an incredible talk. WITHOUT NOTES. He talked about his conversion and about how he had began to wonder about the purpose of life. He wanted to know why HE was here on earth, and for two years he wondered. Then he found the church, and we began to teach him. He talked about our second lesson where we taught the Plan of Salvation, which explains where we come from, why we're here, and where we're going after this life. We used a drawing to explain it to him and his daughter, and in the words of Brother Choi, "On the paper, simply taught, was the answer to my question." That was the lesson he and his daughter accepted baptismal dates. This past week, Brother Choi also received the Melchizedek priesthood, three months after that lesson. 

This experience just testified to me of how Heavenly Father is working so many miracles that we can't even begin to see with our own eyes. Heavenly Father was preparing Brother Choi for years before he found the church and was baptized. I know that Heavenly Father loves Brother Choi so very much. And because He loves him, He guided him to and prepared him to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm so grateful for the opportunity I've had to witness and feel how much Heavenly Father loves His children and how much He is doing for them. There is so much we can't understand about what Heavenly Father does for us, but one thing I know for sure: Heavenly Father loves us with an infinite love that will never change. Nothing can alter or take away that love. It is simply there, and it is powerful beyond measure.

I love you all so much!

Sister Bonney