My week was absolutely fabulous as always 🙂
The Lord’s hand is in this work! Sister Banidawa (Bonnie-dowah) and I were sitting in the car getting ready to tract when this woman drove by us slowly and looked at us like a psycho. A few minutes later a cop car drove by and Sister Banidawa said, “I bet that is because of that lady.” “No,” I responded, “Look he’s turning down that road.” Wrongo! The cop turned around and as he pulled in behind us another cop car came around the corner and parked in front of us, pinning us is. Sister Bani was already digging for her passport as the cop walked up to the car and I rolled down the window. “Hello officer,” we beamed up at him as he came to the door. “We got a call that there were some suspicious looking people parked out here.” “Oh goodness how awkward,” I responded, “We are missionaries for our church and we are out here today to knock doors and share the good news.” “Do you have your licenses available?” He merely glanced at our license and passport and said we were good to go. Well we felt sufficiently uncomfortable so we decided to move to a different neighborhood. As we began down the road in this new place Sister Bani said that she felt like we needed go the other direction so we headed down the road knocking doors and sharing the gospel. We were able to talk with multiple people that were actually truly interested, which isn’t all that common. One of the last people we talked to not only excepted a Book of Mormon and said that she would love to have us come back, but she also expressed that she knew a Mormon named Josh that she had really been impressed with. He was a coworker of hers and she made it a point to mention more than once what a great person Josh had been and that she would be very open to learning more. May the Lord bless you Josh! This experience taught me two major things! 1st – Everything that happens in life may not make sense at first but the Lord is directing you to where you need to be. If we hadn’t had the cops come we wouldn’t have moved to that other neighborhood and we may never had met these fabulous people. If we had tracted the other direction instead of listing to Bani’s feeling we also wouldn’t have had the opportunity of meeting them. 2nd – You never know who is watching you and what an influence you might have on their life later on down the road. Thank you Josh, whoever you are, for living in a way that impressed this woman enough to be open to learning more about this incredible gospel!
This week while we were tracting we knocked on a door and this man opened up. “Latter Day Saint?” he asked. “Why yes we are, what church do you belong to?” we replied with huge grins on our faces. His response, “I’m Baptist. You belong to the wrong religion!” and he slammed the door. That was sad to see him be so rude and mean towards people who literally have Christ’s name written on their chests. Have you seen the badge? The biggest print is Jesus Christ.
Another miraculous story from this week – We were out tracting and we met this 14 year old girl that loves the Bible. I explained the importance of The Book of Mormon to her and then told her the story of Nephi when he breaks his bow. Nephi had to be a leader, even to his parents, and have faith in the Lord that everything was going to work out right in the end. Through Nephi’s faith the family was able to obtain food and humbly return to the Lord. The girl loved the story and then she shared Jobe, one of her favorite Bible stories, with us 🙂 She wanted a Book of Mormon so we gave one to her and set up a time for us to come back and visit with her again. When we got there her dad was home and he was totally okay with us teaching his daughter. Before we started teaching, the girl wanted us to meet her brother as well. She then told us that she had downloaded the Book of Mormon onto her phone and had been both listening to it and reading it. When we asked her about her reading she was able to tell us the main theme of what she had read. She had totally understood her reading! We then began to teach her the Restoration and she felt strong connections with Joseph Smith, since he was a 14 year old kid as well. While we taught her, her dad ended up joining us and so did her brother. As we finished up the lesson we asked her what her thoughts were and her response was, “Like I said, I’m totally open to learning more. So far what you have been telling me feels right and I believe it’s true.” Oh my goodness how incredible is that! We finished by singing All Creatures of Our God and King which brought in the spirit so perfectly that I was then able to share my testimony with them of the truthfulness of what we had taught them! It was absolutely amazing! We set up a return appointment with all three of them and I can’t wait to get back there 🙂
God is amazing and He is in this work! I’m grateful for the work He is allowing me to be a part of. He has all power and could teach His children without our help but He allows us to be part of this marvelous work and I couldn’t be more grateful for that 🙂
I love you and the gospels true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂
P.S. John 8:32
Getting in our last 30 minutes of tracting for the week:) We had been dancing in the rain!
My week was absolutely fabulous as always 🙂