This has been another good week! Less finding and fewer new investigators, but the people we're working with are progressing well! There's NOTHING better than seeing the light in someone's eyes when they get it - when they get that there's so much more to this life, that we can change, that faith moves mountains, that we can have eternal life through Jesus Christ.
T. is someone the sisters have been teaching and reading the Book of Mormon with for months. We just taught her the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ and committed her to a baptismal date! She has so much faith, and I can't wait to see her in white! There's still a long road ahead, but we can do hard things and change with the help of Christ's atonement.
R. and J. make my soul fly. They're a late-20's couple living together. They look like they've done hard drugs. Honestly, J. looks like a thug. But of ALL the people I've met on the mission, they are the most humble, Christlike, trusting, childlike people. They are SO willing to do exactly what God asks of them. Both aren't great readers, but they got SO much joy out of us reading the Book of Mormon with them. They were so excited to read their verses aloud, sounding out every word. When we asked them to continue to read the next chapter, J. said he was going to read all the time and wanted to read lots of chapters! They've already told us that they know the Book of Mormon is the word of God - the DAY we introduced it to them! Just goes to show that God is preparing people for the restored gospel - he knows who is ready, even when to us they might look like the LAST people who would be interested. When we are guided by the spirit, we're led to people who need us.
I love all the people here. They don't have easy lives. Lots of people work at Sanderson farms, cutting raw chicken for 12 hours straight on an assembly line, with 12-minute breaks. But they appreciate everything they have. And they give, they give so freely.
We started riding bikes to save on miles this week, and wow, I'm pathetic. This heat and these hills can be killers, but I'm happy we have a car and that I get to burn off some of the calories from all the fried food!
We laugh a lot. We smile a lot. God is so good. This is His work. How lucky I am to know of God's love and the restored gospel and have all this time to share it with others!
Look for God's hand in your life - it's there all the time!