AHHHHH CRAZY AMAZING THINGS-I feel like that scripture when it says he will give us blessings we won’t have room to receive it! Yep. Kind of like my suitcase last week, didn’t have room to pack everything in.
I love this… I love it with all my heart! Please help me to never lose the fire of the spirit.
We had a treat a couple of weeks ago. More than a treat actually. Elder Bednar, an apostle of the Lord, Jesus Christ, came to share with us what Heavenly Father would have us do at this time. My goodness…..a once in a life time opportunity. We prepared by reading talks by Elder Bednar and when we arrived he simply asked us, "What did you learn?" The whole three hours was not about what he had prepared to speak to us about, it was not a memorized talk, it was about what Heavenly Father needed us to learn. We shared, we were asked questions, we asked questions, and we felt the presence of the Holy Ghost like it was sitting right next to us. My brain hurt a bit because of the speed my gears were turning.
At the end he asked us, "Based upon what you have observed, felt and learned, what will you do?" Wow! I feel that is a question we can all ask ourselves after any meeting, study time or any event for that matter. Elder Bednar taught us in a way that was personal, unselfish and focused. Later this week I made the connection as to why I loved it so much when Jordan taught our Sunday School class. He was focused on us, it was about what we needed that week, it was spirit-lead teaching, not teacher-studied-this-so-this-what-I-am-teaching. SO AMAZING
This past week we set up a time to meet with a young teenage girl named Kiera. Last minute, the grandmother (whom she lives with, that is a less-active member) called to cancel the appt. So we went about our business doing other things. We then get a call from the grandmother saying "Hello, there is someone here at my house, who wants to meet you." We were like, “what? who could it be? A friend? We arrive at their house and it was the member we had called the night before to come with us…..both of us had spaced that out. (never has happened to either of us before). But we got there and the grandmother said, well do you want to just do a lesson? OF COURSE WE DO! lol So we read from the Book of Mormon that evening and miracle after miracle after miracle occurred. WOW She felt the spirit, she understood, she continued to read after we left, and discovered she could come to church when she previously told us she wouldn’t be able to. Miracles have not ceased.
I am on the edge of my chair typing right now because I am so excited! Ah
We are also working with a young mother, Angela. Just a few of the phrases she has shared with us this past week...."I don’t want to put the Book of Mormon down, I just gotta keep reading." "My friend, Stephanie, at work said to me that she has noticed I have changed lately and been acting different. (SAY WHAT?) She said you are more at peace, and calm. So I told her why, that I have been reading the Book of Mormon, and I invited her to come tonight to listen and to learn from ya'll." OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS. Can you imagine if every member of the church did that when a friend of theirs says "You are different, you act different etc." Well come and see why. You have questions about what we do at church? Come and see! You have questions about what we are reading, "Well come and see!"
This past week we were talking with a member who shared with us a story of her son who was struggling in the church. She said when the ward split it was a turning pointer for her son. She said "if that split did not occur he would be attending church right now." Elder Bednar shared with us about true conversion to the gospel. If we truly as missionaries want to convert our investigators fully to the gospel, then they would never want us to come back. They would say, thank you for teaching us, we are set, you have lead us in the right way, and we don’t need you to come back. I was imagining us as missionaries like tour guides, we want to tell them everything, we want to introduce them to all the good stuff, but we don’t allow them to read on their own, or learn on their own. This concept could continue on forever and forever to study about it. The hard part, is applying this concept. A dream of mine!
Well I must stop….. I love the gospel, I love my Heavenly Father. I love his plan he that we have accepted! Every part of it.
I wish you all the best this week, (including those Bronco's) and don't forget I would love to hear those miracles that are happening! I think I have shared my fair share of miracles with you, now it is your turn.
Enjoy the pics! Oh man they are soooo good. Well they may just look like smiling faces to you, but these people are children of God that I love! These are some of the people I was able to see before I left.
Always, Sister Davis
|Bishop Hagey and his wife|
|the De La Garza Family|
|George Romero at his home|
|George Romero's baptism|
|Lovely "helmet heads"|
|Maria Carillo, Austin, and Maria's boys, Alex and Aires|
|Sis. Whittier and I with Claire Crumrine|
|Sis. Whittier and I with Sis. Riaz, Bro. Mendoza and George Romer|
|sis. Whittier and I with Sis. Brinkerhoff (member)|
|With the Gregory's|
|with the Baldea family|