Monday, September 30, 2013
Caught By Surprise
I don't have much time to email today so I will try to keep this email short and sweet. I don't know if it is possible because so many great things have happened this week but here we go!
So last week I did not write about Yan's husband, C Minor (they get to chose their names when they come to England. He loves music if you can't tell..). Yan is a recent covert who was baptized back in August. Sister Loh and I got to teach her before she was baptized. I remember the very first time I had met Yan, C Minor was home too. We invited him to sit in on the lesson but he said he wasn't interested and just went to his room next door. Over the weeks, he started coming in to talk to us but still didn't want to sit in for the lesson. When I first arrived here in Liverpool, C Minor has always come to church with his wife. He is so supportive of her. Right after Yan was baptized, we taught her about temple marriage. Ironically, this was the very first lesson we ever got C Minor to sit in on. We told them there was no pressure for him to become a member but we did explain that marriages can be eternal if they are done within the temple. We expressed our gratitude towards C Minor for being so supportive of his wife. We later told Yan when he wasn't around that we know that one day her husband will accept the gospel. The next lesson C Minor was there for was five or so weeks later. We had a lesson at Yan's house with a Cantonese investigator and C Minor sat in as well, but the focus of the lesson was toward the Cantonese investigator. We taught about the Godhead. We asked C Minor how he has felt as he has been coming to church. He said that he felt that his heart has been changing and ever since he started coming to church he has less of a temper. Woah! What?! Fast forward to two Sunday's ago, the 22nd. Sister Loh and I felt impressed that it was time to teach C Minor the restoration and invite him to be baptized. We brought Yan and C Minor to our tea appointment with a ward member that was two weeks ago and we were up front with C Minor that we were going to teach him as well since he is already coming to church. The Spirit was so strong in the lesson. We invited him to be baptized at the end and with a smirk on his face he told us maybe. We then told him that we were thinking about November 2nd as the date and once again he said maybe. We went over that following Tuesday to their home to help him on his thesis and before we left we shared a message. We asked him how he felt during the lesson on Sunday and he told us it wasn't a peaceful feeling and it was hard to describe. The best word he could use to describe it was ''marvelous''! He is in London this week but when he gets back we plan on teaching him. The gospel changes hearts!
Now for an update on Kirk. We love him so much! The Lord has prepared him for this moment in his life for us to run into him. We taught him and his 7 year old son, Owen, with two members on Wednesday at his home. It was funny because he brought us tea and coffee and we were all like ''uhh... we don't drink that.'' He told us he doesn't even drink tea or coffee and that he just had brought it for us. He had some questions about why and we told him we would explain that the next time. We taught the restoration but didn't get that far before it was time to go. The lesson actually took a turn away from the restoration so we had to bring it back at the end. I explained to Kirk that the peace he has felt at times in his life was because of the Holy Ghost and that to have that more fully he needed to be baptized. We invited him to be baptized on November 2nd as well. While he was thinking about it, I held my breath because I was uncertain about what his response would be. After what felt like ages, he said he was willing to be baptized! Since then, he has already attended a baptism and come to church. He is progressing well in the gospel for someone we just met only 2 weeks ago. We taught him last night and finished the restoration after explaining the Word of Wisdom. He has no problem letting go of what the Lord has asked us to stay away from. We stated the first vision and afterwards asked him how he felt. He said he felt peace. We explained that this was the Holy Ghost bearing witness to him that what we had said was true. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and restored His church in these latter-days.
These two children of God have been so prepared to hear and accept the glad message of the gospel. All of it has caught me by surprise. What they feel in their hearts continues to amaze me. The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to see many miracles on my mission. I feel so blessed.
Love you all!