What everyone told you about mission prep was right. Handling rejection is a big thing to know how to manage. Missionary work can get depressing sometimes because we expect things to always go our way just because we are missionaries. In fact there is a video called "Missionary Work and the Atonement" it's about 9 min long. I invite you to watch it. It's way good and talks about why missionary work isn't easy, and how the Atonement can help carry us through. Teaching from the Book of Mormon is another great topic because contains the fulness of the gospel within its pages. It's proof that Joseph Smith is a prophet. It's proof that we have the fully restored gospel. It is the keystone of our religion. The Book of Mormon also contains the answers to the questions of the soul. If we truly ponder and read, our sincerest questions will be answered. It says in PMG chapter 5 that questions can be resolved through the BOM. That's why we have this wonderful book brought forth in these latter days -- to provide light and understanding to the world!
Well this week has been fantastic!!! Here is how it went!
No joke. He googled how to grow closer to God and our website popped up. So when we taught him he was open and willing to learn how to get closer to God. We talked about the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it gives us direction and how the gospel is the way for us to come closer to God. He understood and he was willing to keep praying and to keep asking God if this was the way for him. After leaving E's we felt like we needed to stop by H (another referral from a member). We stopped by her house with no lesson plan. We just decided to trust the spirit. When we knocked she greeted us warmly. It was great to see her because she hasn't been answering our texts or calls so we were so happy when she answered her door haha! We talked with her and we felt prompted not to teach her... Weird right? Well after our conversation she asked us, "Well, do you want to have a lessonat the church?"
We were astonished. She pretty much set up a lesson for herself. We set up a time and then left again just thanking God for the miracle He provided. But right after seeing her we had a lesson with Nina's friend. The lesson was rough. She had a lot of questions which were all anti or rumors she had heard. But it was funny because the last question she asked the day before was "How can I tell if Joseph Smith is a prophet?"
And when we were trying to answer all of her questions that one question kept popping into my and Redmond's minds. Then we remembered the Book of Mormon we brought for her. Again, this was the key to all of her questions. We gave her the Book of Mormon and told her flat out that all these questions and rumors could be answered by reading the Book of Mormon -- proof of whether or not Joseph Smith was a prohet. We told her to read and pray because that's how she's going to find her answer. We can't force people to believe, but they certainly can choose to believe. She stopped asking questions and accepted the Book of Mormon. She hasn't texted us back yet but it was a miracle again that we were able to meet with her and that we were able to resolve the whole situation through the Book of Mormon.
After that lesson we went Personal contacting and saw more miracles. We were walking out of the lesson with Nina's friend when a girl yelled out, "ELDERS!!!" We looked and saw a girl with neon green hair. We both looked at each other and thought, "Do you know her?" Haha she came over and told us she was a convert but hadn't been to church in a while. We talked with her and told her we would love to meet up with her the next day. What a miracle!! After talking with her a bit more we went to PC. At one point we were walking when Redmond was walking behind me and I could hear him mumble something. I kept asking him what he was saying when he finally yelled "Right there!!!" Immediately I swung around and stuck my hand out and shook the hand of a random person who I didn't even see haha! We talked. She was interested in how we have modern day prophets and wanted to learn more. So we got her number and then set up another time to meet. Miracle again. And it didn't stop there. As we were going to a lesson with another Less Active on campus we needed to talk to one more person. Some girl was walking by and she had a bunch of sour patches. I just said the first thing that popped in my head "Hey can I have some?" BAHAHA!!! She looked at me then said "Sure!" Needless to say Redmond and I got sour patches and a new investigator. She was really nice and her story was amazing. She has been searching for a church to join because she grew up agnostic and she was wondering where to go. We told her we could help her along her path to establishing a relationship with God and find a church she knew was right. We got her information but we weren't able to set up a time to meet :( But it was a miracle nonetheless. We went to the lesson with the less active then found another Less Active convert, who yelled at us earlier and came up to us with one of her friends. Her friend was "Catholic" but she was interested in our message. So again we got her information and now we are going to try to work with her as well. SO MANY MIRACLES!!!! At the end of the day we were just so grateful for what God did for us. We went home exhausted too, haha!
So that was our week. Miracle packed and busy. But I am so grateful to be on this journey and to be of service to our God. Give my love to all the family!!!
Ofa Lahi Atu