SO MANY MIRACLES!
I’ve really seen how as we exercise our faith, miracles naturally follow… and we recognize them.
Gerard was (finally!) confirmed on Sunday. It is fantastic to see him grow in the Gospel.
Kyle, an investigator who is waiting on Salt Lake to find out when he gets baptized, told us during a lesson that their family decided to study the scriptures every night together. We hadn’t even though of asking them to do that, so it is a good thing that they were listening to the spirit!
Kathleen, who I told you about last week, is getting baptized this weekend! She is on FIRE and I love her. We taught Kathleen the commandments and she immediately broke her vaporizer (for marijuana) in half and dumped her beer down the sink. Her family is catching her fire of faith. Kathleen’s daughter, Whitney, decided to get married to her boyfriend so they could raise their son, who is on the way, in a righteous environment. She wanted a huge wedding but she decided she would rather wait until they are sealed to have the huge wedding and just do something simple for now. She’s trying to find a wedding dress so they can get married next week!
We told Jason (Whitney’s boyfriend) on Sunday that through faithful church attendance he would see miracles during the week. We came back later that week for a lesson and he told us he got a job he had been applying for months for that paid twice as much as his current job. He said he had no doubt in his mind that that was the evidence that he needed to go to church.
Kathleen also has a girl living with her named Clarissa, who is AWESOME. She is YSA age, so we had to refer her to the singles’ ward, but when we taught her the Word of Wisdom, she took her pipe out of her pocket and smashed it with a hammer!
This family has been prepared to receive the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their willingness to follow His council is evidence of their preparedness and their testimonies.
We also have a lady named Valerie who should be getting baptized this Sunday. We have been working with her for MONTHS. She is awesome and she knows everything we are teaching is true, but she has been so stinking busy and tired that she didn’t make it to church for the first time until last Sunday. Ultimately, she just had to tell her boss that she would not work on Sundays, no matter what. She loved church and told her kids they have to come with her next week so they can feel the spirit.
The final miracle I can remember happened last night. We helped a recent convert named Grace move in a few weeks ago. She is engaged to a guy from another stake, and he was actually reactivated because his fiance made him start coming back to church since she was getting baptized. She has three daughters, but we had been told they weren’t super interested. We went to teach a lesson to their family to welcome them to the ward (and because Grace was a recent convert), and ended up teaching the most powerful lesson of my mission so far. Her daughters have such a full understanding of Gospel principles, but they told us that they didn’t KNOW they wanted to get baptized until we came and taught them. One of their daughters wants to go on a mission right after she graduates from high school and will be getting baptized on November 3 (Happy Birthday, Mom!)
I’ve definitely come to see that miracles are everywhere if we have the faith to see them. Also, God chooses to work through his children. If we don’t have the faith to act, those miracles won’t happen.
We went to the temple today! That’s why I emailed today instead of yesterday. It was wonderful. I love it more and more every time I go. The LA temple is huge. I wish I could go every P-Day. I love going in the morning, too, even though it means we have to get up at 4:30. I can’t send pictures since I’m emailing at the library, but I’ll try sending some next week.
By the way, Elder Bledsoe it taking the SAT on Saturday, November 2nd, so our next P-Day won’t be until then. You won’t be seeing any emails from me until then.
I received your Halloween package, Mom. Thank you so much! It was Elder Bledsoe’s birthday as well, so it was a good week for packages! It sounds like Dad is pretty much living at Grandma and Grandpa Koetitz’s right now. Holy cow. It sounds like Dad is helping a lot there. It really does seem like Grandpa has been in and out of the hospital since I left. I’m praying for him every single day. Grandma Mooney, my hand is completely healed, but I haven’t seen that lady since the crash, so we have no way of teaching her. Lacey, the warm weather is nice, but after two years of nothing below 60 degrees I’m going to love a nice crisp fall. And Lacey AND Kimmie, I feel like Adelaide and Hyrum are growing so fast! I need pictures!!! We are teaching one lady with and eighteen month old and I just realized Adelaide is eighteen months old and Hyrum is almost there. Crazy! I love everyone!
I love this Gospel. It is the only true source of joy on Earth.