Friday, October 10, 2014

Transfer 9 week 2

Another week showered with blessings. To start, we had general woman's meeting this last Saturday. Powerful. How amazing is it that we get to hear the words of prophets in our day, a tool and resource that is often overlooked in the church. Growing up, I was excited for general conference because that meant I got to stay in my pajamas and often I would fall asleep. And as glorious as that sounds, there is nothing more exciting to me than being able to hear the words of the prophet, apostles and leaders of the church. Truly they are sharing the words that lead us to happiness! And who doesn't want that? This was exemplified through an investigator that attended the general woman's meeting with us. Her name is Brittany; let me tell you her story...

Brittany is 21 years old, engaged and recently moved to San Antonio. She has always had a lot of questions about life. So one day she started doing online chats where you could ask questions. About a week ago, she ran across and started talking with the lovely Sister missionaries there (TEMPLE SQUARE SISTERS!!!!). We then got a text with her information, saying that she would like to have missionaries come and visit her. While I was on exchanges in another area, my companions had a lesson with her and called me to tell me about this amazing investigator! She has truly been prepared. The following night, I met her for the first time at the General Woman's meeting. When the meeting had concluded and our eyes were adjusting to the bright lights, I looked over at Brittany who had tear filled eyes. She expressed that she has never felt so loved in her life, and that there was this indescribable feeling that she never wants to go away. This is exactly what hearing the words of the prophet brings. Feelings of peace and joy that are so boundless that it is indescribable. Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's mouthpiece, and I know this because of this indescribable feeling; the spirit. The spirit speaks to everyone differently, but it is a universal language. It is the language that brings the children of God together. I would like to invite y'all to watch President Uchtdorf's address in this meeting... Search for the spirit in His words.

This past week we had zone conferences (which my companions and I sang at if you got the audio), and we talked a lot about how God is preparing people. In our mission, we talk a lot about the concept of nearness. Meaning, that we are guided to someone not necessarily because the person we seek is prepared, but that the people around them are being prepared. So we constantly are talking to everyone in our path, and asking who they know that will benefit from our message. This was manifest just yesterday as we were visiting some potential investigators. The people we visited were not home, but were then able to talk to some people as they were leaving their apartment. We set up an appointment to come back later and we went on our way! Though our purpose was not yet met. So we knocked a nearby door. Behind were a brother and a sister, Elise and Saul. They had a bunch of Catholic decorations and such inside and outside their house, but they let us right in! They said they have never met missionaries before and they accepted to hear our message. We sat down at the table with them and began teaching them the Restoration. In zone conference we also talked about True Baptism. How there are 5 points to a true baptism. First, for those who believe. Second, for the repentant. Third, by complete immersion. Fourth, by proper authority. And fifth, is followed by receiving the gift of the holy ghost by the laying on of hands. We taught them the points and invited them to be baptized. And they joyfully accepted! They even wrote it in big letters across their calendar! We didn't necessarily go into this lesson truly believing that these people were prepared and they would be baptized. But as we applied the principle of nearness, God allowed us to have this experience to increase our faith in finding. We must believe that God is preparing people all around us, or else we will never find those whom He is preparing. As we talk with our friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, we must invite and discern through the spirit how to best help them on their path to eternal life. What can we invite them to do at this time that will help them come closer to Jesus Christ? Mutual? Family home evening? Read the Book of Mormon? Pray? There are so many things we can do to share the Gospel with those around us, and we must have the faith that they are being prepared. It is a sign of love as we share what is most precious to us; the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I love y'all so much and am so blessed to have so much support. 
Sister Brock

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