Monday, June 2, 2014
1 Nephi 4:6
Another week has flown by and so has the year mark of my mission. Woah. I can't believe it was only a year ago that I started my mission. My perspective about missionary work and myself has changed significantly since I first came out. I have meet so many wonderful people and had so many great experiences thus far on my mission. I hope that these last six months will be some of the greatest.
So this week, we committed Lukman to prepare himself for the 28th of this month. I felt impressed in one of our lessons last week to give him this date. We have felt that he really needs something to work towards or otherwise he won't progress. He has meet with missionaries for over 3 months now but there is a lot that needs to happen in these coming up weeks for him to be ready for the 28th. I have full confidence in the Lord that we can help Lukman be ready for that date. He has such great faith in the Savior. The biggest hurdle to his conversion right now is finding out for himself if the Book of Mormon is true. Please pray for him to receive an witness that the Book of Mormon is true.
Lin Yun is a Chinese mom and a former investigator that we have been teaching for a couple of weeks now. She came to church on Sunday! She hasn't been in almost a full year. It was a great experience for her to have. She is going to have a slow progression. We are breaking down the lessons and teaching her bit by bit so that she can have a more complete understanding of the gospel. She told us she will be baptized if she came to understand. We are also going to start helping her English so that she can become more self reliant. There are too many Chinese moms that have been baptized and fall away because it is hard for them to communicate and connect with the ward. That being said, we are also going to be working hard to get her well integrated with the relief society sisters and bring them out fellowshipping. We love her and her two children.
We are going to start teaching a scripture study class since a lot of our investigators seem to have the same concern about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.
The Lord has been putting a lot of Chinese families in our path lately. I am so excited to teach them all!
I had an exchange this week with a sister that served here in Wrexham a couple of transfers ago. Sister Steinagel and I saw many miracles over exchange. The Lord was fully aware that she was going to be here on exchange and everything just worked so perfectly for her to be able to visit or run into members and her recent converts. We went to tract this street Sister Lee and I were led by the spirit to. The people placed in our path on the way to and from were undoubtedly placed in our path. Among those people was a less active we ran into that said he has doubts about his faith and testimony. We invited him to pray to know and invited him to church. Sister Steinagel and I made a great team. I was impressed and inspired by the great love she developed in only a transfer towards the people she taught while she was here and for the members in the ward. This exchange strengthend my faith in the principle that although things may not go as we had originally planned, the Lord always has a way for everything to work out.
This week can be summed up by this simple verse in 1 Nephi 4:6:
''And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do.''
Our district's weekly focus was to pray each morning as a companionship that the Lord would 'loosen our toungues'' that we might work through the Spirit. The Spirit seemed even more present in our lessons and our finding as we applied this weekly focus. As a missionary, it is easy to worry about saying the right thing to people and before you talk to someone or teach a lesson you never know what reaction you will get. As we rely more on the Spirit and plead for the Lord to have the Spirit, He has guided our words as we street contact and guided our lessons.The same thing applies to our daily lives. Every day presents a whole new array of choices we can make. Some big, others small. Some times we do not know what things we are to do. I know that as we take a step of faith, as did Nephi in 1 Nephi 4, the Spirit will lead us to where we need to be and guide us to what we need to do. Trust in the promptings of the Spirit.