Friday, August 19, 2016

There Are Many Yet (12/14/15)

One more week gone, y'all! And this one was one of many plans, and many plans falling through. Many cancelled appointments, many sicknesses, many flaky people. But miraculously, also 8 new investigators, including two families! We haven't been tracting or anything - just looking right in front of us. One we found through an investigator's friend's friend. One we found because she was living in the apartment where a former investigator lived previously. One we met because her sister had given us her address and phone number instead of her own. One, we saw inside a house braiding her daughter's hair and talked to her instead of the lady we were planning on seeing. One was walking her dog down the street when we were getting out of the car to go to a lesson.  And all of these people are willing and excited to learn more about the restored gospel. Isn't that crazy? If you look at our number of lessons this week, it looks disappointing, but if you look at the people whose lives could now be touched, it's amazing! Can you even imagine the flow charts and diagrams God must be working out to put all of these wonderful people in our path? I'm in awe. "For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations... who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it" (D&C 123:12).

Also, the branch Christmas party was a huge hit! Lots of nonmembers came, including D's family! She also came to church and has smoked her last cigarette! We're hoping to get all the interviews and things planned so that she can get baptized! That "dry Mormon" is about to be a wet one!

We've been seeking out more service opportunities recently, and the service highlight of this week was helping out at a fund raiser for the local animal shelter. We got to do face painting for a couple hours, which was way fun! And I got to wear jeans in public - the real reason I loved it so much.

My thoughts this week have been surrounding consecration and sacrifice. It's not easy to do either. But "if we were not required to make sacrifices, we would never be able to develop the faith necessary for eternal salvation."

Whether it's in our relationships, our church callings, or just trying to live a more obedient, Christ-centered life, we must sacrifice if we wish to progress. Life truly does start outside of your comfort zone. This week, give it up! Give the Lord that one thing you've been holding back from Him. And look in front of you for those opportunities to serve. You are where you are for a reason - find out why!

I love y'all more than you can imagine. 

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