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Monday, August 25, 2014

August 11, 2014

Family and Friends! 
  Wow it amazes me how fast the weeks go by. Seriously feels like I was just here typing an email to all of you. And in those precious weeks so much happens and is hard to get all the thoughts I have down for you to hopefully have a taste of the great mission life. 

Something that has been really exciting this week is taking the things we learned at ZTM into action. We were taught about ways we can find the elect and these are the few of the many other ways.
   This might shock some of you... ha but On Wednesday we used our singing skills and sang to a member and asking them whom they know we could sing to and got a referral. We sang to a woman whose house was on the top of the hill. It was so worth the walk as she sat on her front porch, with her eyes closed and a pleasing smile as we sang 'I Stand All Amazed'. She didn't accept a return appointment but we know she needed that. She has had breast cancer and her husband is very ill right now. She thanked us for our company. Love being those heavenly angels. 
  President Cropper shared an amazing story about a missionary from his ward and the miracle that happened in the area she is serving. One day this sister and her companion decided to ask God who they needed to find that day. So they had their pencil and paper to write down their impressions after they would pray. So the things they came up with were: white house with blue shutters, a man in the yard, and a couple not married with 2 kids. They went out looking for these clues and came to the last house that was white with blue shutters and found a man outside watering his lawn, a kid running outside and he told them that they have one more kid and they are not married!!! Amazing!! They are teaching this family now! Sister Olson and I decided on Saturday morning to put this to the test. As we went to kneel at our revelation spot in our living room... we may have lacked faith in that moment but as Sister Olson prayed we both felt the spirit hit us. During that prayer we also prayed specifically who we needed to find. We got a yellow bug car, white fence, red house, broken family, tin mailbox and a few other things. It was fun looking for these different clues. We know where the yellow bug is but haven't been able to find its home.. An interesting thing is that the broken family with a tin mailbox and a white fence is a potential we already found. Made contact with them but no return appointment yet but we will be seeing them hopefully soon. Another neat thing about this revelation is that there are so many of those clues around! And times it isn't the home with the white fence or tin mailbox, but it led us down a certain street to find someone else who was prepared, Chad. We will be seeing him this coming Sunday! O and we found a very nice lady in the first red house we knocked on. She didn't have time to talk but said we could come back Wednesday. The elect are out there. We will keep looking for these clues and praying for more. Heavenly Father knows and I love that He does and is so willing to guide if we ask Him. 
Last thought, I would like to share something I learned in my studies today. As i was preparing for a lesson for Randy, I was going over some scriptures on Temple and Family History that we could share with him. Came upon D&C 128:22-25. What a powerful testimony the Prophet Joseph Smith bore to his brethren and to all of us. He says...
"Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them our of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free... Let the mountains shout for joy... Behold, the great day of the Lord is at hand; and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth?... Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.. I am, as ever, your humble servant and never deviating friend, Joseph Smith."
Those words reminded me of the talk given by President Uchtdorf, "Are You Sleeping Through The Restoration?" He says: "... It is our privilege, our sacred duty and our joy to heed the Savior's call to follow Him with a willing mind and full purpose of heart.... Let us awake and not be weary of well-doing, for we "are laying the foundation of a great work"....And when our time in mortality is complete, what experiences will we be able to share about our own contribution to this significant period of our lives and to the furthering of the Lord's work? Will we be able to say that we rolled up our sleeves and labored with all of our heart, might, mind and strength? Or will we have to admit that our role was mostly that of an observer?" 
I hope that I have on this mission shook off the chains that have held me bond. I know we are not perfect and know that sometimes we may fall asleep..and I know we fall short at times. But I know who has given me strength to break those chains, to arise to the call and overcome my short comings. He has been there every step of the way and I know He will continue as I strive to always be His humble servant and His never deviating friend. I love you all! Pray that we may all awake to this great work and do it because we love Him. 

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