Tuesday, August 30, 2016

More from Florida! (August 29, 2016)

It has been another great week here in Florida! Thankfully there is a tropical storm moving through, so the humidity really hasn't been too bad the last few days, which has been super nice. 

This week we had Zone Conference. I love being able to see the other missionaries, and the best part was at the end when we all sang the song "We'll Bring the World His Truth" together, I got so many goosebumps! In Zone Conference we learned about how important it is to share the message of the Restoration with everyone that we meet, and that is so true! The Restoration is what makes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints so unique. It is such an important message because everyone needs the ordinances and the knowledge that come to us because of the restoration. It was such a good reminder, and I would just encourage any who have not received a testimony of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith, to get one!

One cool experience that happened this week was one night we were out knocking doors. It was raining super hard, and we were drenched from  head to foot. We finally found someone who was willing to share a prayer with us. Madeline said that she is originally from New York, but she has been vacationing down here in Florida in hopes that it would help with her depression. She shared some life experiences with us, and told us about her faith in God. Then we prayed with her. The Spirit was super strong, and she said to us that our visit was a confirmation to her that God really knows her and that everything will be ok. It was awesome to know that we were able to make someone's day a little bit brighter, even though we won't be able to teach her, she promised to look up the Church and the missionaries when she gets back to New York!

Another cool experience we had this week was with one of our investigators named Yesenia. We have been over to her house a few times, and we love her and her adorable little kids. She has a 5 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. We were able to teach her the Restoration, and the Spirit really touched her heart. She agreed to come to church, and come to a chapel tour so we could show her around. She doesn't have a car, so we told her that we would find a member that could come and pick her up to take her to the chapel tour. So, that night we frantically tried to call 5 different members and figure out a ride for her. After a lot of complicated shuffling, and stressing, we were able to find a ride to the chapel tour, only to have her text us and not only cancel the chapel tour, but ask us to not to come by and teach her again. We were devastated! The next day, we decided to go visit her anyways. She let us right in, and when we tried to find out a little bit more about the situation, she told us that she suffers from bi-polar disorder, and that is why she cancelled on us. We were so relieved! We gave her a video about the Restoration, and she promised to watch it that night and again the next morning. We are excited to go back and teach her again this week. It was a reminder that we need to be persistent!

Another miracle we saw this week was that on Friday we were able to find 7 new investigators in one day! That never happens!! We found two families that let us in to share a prayer, and we were able to teach both of them The Restoration lesson. Neither one of them was able to make it to church this week, but we are excited to go back and teach them. Especially because we know they need this message! One of the families consists of some 70 yr. old parents with their special needs son who is probably 50 years old. The dad just had his leg amputated at the knee, and he is in a wheelchair until he can get a prosthetic leg. There is also the mom's sister living there, she is 73 years old, and her 50ish year old daughter has cancer. They all believe in God, but we are hoping that we will be able to help them see why the Church and why baptism will be able to help them in their lives. 

That's all for this week! I hope you are all doing well!

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