This week I went on exchange with Sister Klingonsmith here in Wrexham. It was her last exchange ever on her mission. The STLs were quite clever when they planned my exchanges for this transfer since one exchange was a Sister's first and the other was a Sister's last. What a honor it was to be apart of the final moments of a missionary's journey of a mission. Sister Klingonsmith is working so diligently to the end of her mission.
Some miracles we saw on exchange: We ran into a less active named Tolu that we have trying to track down for ages. We invited him to church and to partake of the sacrament that is blessed by the restored Priesthood. A Chinese potential investigator, named Chen Chen, became a new investigator! And then we were guided by the spirit to go visit another potential investigator named Carol. Just as we were going down the street to her house we ran into her on the street. We had a great lesson on the spot with Carol and read about the Atonement from the Book of Mormon. With out being prompted, Carol said she believed what we had read. Long story short, we finally scheduled a return appointment to visit Carol. We had a lot of success on this exchange with people Sister Klemm and I have already met.
Sister Klemm and I found this super golden investigator named Brice the other week. Brice is originally from Cameroon but recently moved here from Germany. She has a catholic background but is searching for greater light and truth from the Spirit of God. The first time we meet her we gave her a Plan of Salvation pamphlet and a Restoration pamphlet since the questions she had would be answered with these specific lessons we teach. She came to church yesterday! We walked with her to church and she was able to ask us the questions she has. She asked us for a ''book of our prophets'' so we gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon. Although Brice is busy at Uni and does not want to be distracted from her studies, she is willing to meet with us to learn more.
Richard is slowly coming out of his shell the more and more we meet with him. He is more on the shy side but he is now reading from the Book of Mormon with us during lessons and giving really great responses to the questions we ask him with more ease than when we first met with him. We arranged for members to bring him to church but he was not ready and dressed when they got there so they came to church with out him. It can be very hard when things are out of our control, like getting our investigators to church. Had I been the one bringing him to church I would have told him it was OK and that we would wait for him until he was ready and dressed. I cannot blame the members for wanting to be on time to church though. Hopefully next week he will be able to come to church.
Update on Samilda:
We called by the other day to follow up with her fasting. She had indeed fasted and more than she originally said she would. We asked her if she had received great light on her question (is the church true?) and she nodded her head and said yes. I was like ok.. ''would you like to share your experience with us?'' and then she shook her head and with a slight grin on her face said no. Haha. She is so funny. She did not really have time to talk with us because she had to go get her daughter from school. We will be making yet another visit this week coming up.
Over a month ago, Sister Klemm and I went and contacted this less active named Annette and we had a really great lesson with her and her husband, Neil. Due to her busy work schedule at the hospital, we haven't been able to see them all since. We decided to call by the other day and they were home. We actually arrived at the same time as her son and his family were going in. I was surprised but grateful they still let us in. We had a really great lesson as we read from Mosiah 3 which is about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. We asked them why the life of Christ would be these ''glad tidings'' to us and Neil answered that it is because Christ gives us hope that evil can be overcome. We committed their family to read from 3 Nephi 11 this week, a little each day. I hope their family will be able to come to church and work towards being sealed in the temple.
Da Wei, the Chinese man we met, told us he wasn't interested anymore. I was disappointed he all of the sudden lost interest but I feel like I did my part in declaring the message of the gospel to him so I cannot be disappointed in myself. The Chinese work here in Wrexham is really struggling. In fact, I have no idea who will be coming to the Chinese activity this next week. We are going to need a miracle. Most of the students we have meet this transfer have left to other universities or have to go back to China at the end of this month because they have been unable to get VISAS. The only solution I can think of to keep the Chines work here alive would be to do some finding around the College campus where there as younger Chinese students there. We shall give it a try this week.
One last miracle!
We met this man named Rob last night and he is amazing. He told us he has had missionaries knock his door before and he has always said he wasn't interested and slammed the door. Upon learning about the Book of Mormon, he became very interested in what we had to say and regretted ever closing the door on missionaries and said had he know what we shared he would have listened. We talked about a lot of things with him, including the Word of Wisdom. During the conversation he told us that he felt really good about what we were sharing with him and that ''we were really close to converting him.'' We walked in the same direction as him to go home and before we said bye he told us he is going to try giving up smoking and drinking tea and we didn't even ask him to. He became a new investigator! Crazy things are happening.
No big life lesson to share this week but a fantastic video found on lds.org. Enjoy!: