Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (October 9, 2017)

The sweet Cambodian man we found,
with the picture of
Quorum of the Twelve in the background.
We had an INSANE miracle on exchanges this week. I got to stay and take over Spanish land with Sister Grover, so we had a party and half. We were tracting in a trailer park, and I was telling Sister Grover some of the things that a trailer or house might have that might mean a Hispanic family lived there, Christmas lights, frog statues, dish 500, lots of different things. She pointed to this trailer that had Christmas lights, so we went to go knock, and noticed as we got closer that there was an Asian type of statue on the front porch. We decided to go with our gut anyway and knocked. A sweet little Cambodian came to the door. We started talking to him, and he could barely understand our English. We asked if we could give him a Book of Mormon, and he said he couldn't read English. We have him our card, and he put his glasses on to read it. He excitedly pointed at the church logo on the card and said "This is my church!!" At first we thought he just saw the name Jesus Christ. He pointed at something on the wall inside of his house and told us to come look. We were expecting a picture of Jesus or something, but we were shocked and so surprised to see a picture of the QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES HANGING ON HIS WALL. We started talking to him and he was running all over his house grabbing his church stuff, a Book of Mormon, all the pamphlets, a hymn book, "preparing to enter the holy temple" and he was so excited that the missionaries had come. We were barely able to communicate with him, but we were able to sing a song with him, and say a prayer, as well as get his contact information to put him in contact with the missionaries again. We think he used to attend church here when there were Cambodian missionaries, and after they closed, he got lost, and didn't know that there was a church still right by his house. It was INCREDIBLE how God let us to Him, and how he takes care of his lost sheep. 

On Thursday night we went to visit a member family, with another members, Hna Rosalina. At 8:40 we were getting back in our car to drive her back home because we has given her a ride, and we got about halfway down the street when the engine stopped working. A little backstory, our car is way to smart for us, and it has a remote control and we honestly have no idea how to use it. So the lights were coming on, and said the engine was running but it wasn't, and it wouldn't let us turn it off, and when we tried to move the break wouldn't work, and we had no idea what was going on. We called the vehicle coordinator, and he told us to call our Zone leaders to come get us and move our car to the side of the road until the morning when we could get it fixed. After we hung up with him, we decided "ok, we need to say a prayer" Hna Rosalina agreed, and we all said a sincere, maybe just a little frantic prayer, asking for help to get our car to start. We had a really busy day the next day, a lot of people we needed to visit all over the area, and we really needed our car to make it all happen. The zone leaders showed up after about 10 minutes, laughing their heads off at us, because it seemed like we actually broke the car. But we continued to fidget around for a minute, a combination of pressing the button to start the car and moving the break and using the remote control key got the engine going again. We think the problem just was the car stopped recognizing the key and had a meltdown or something. Even though it was simple it was really cool that our prayer was answered. BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE. The coolest part of this story is that yesterday in fast and testimony meeting, Hna Rosalina got up and told the branch how she was out doing visits with the missionaries, and for some reason the car stopped working. She shared how she thought we should say a prayer, and was so grateful that we immediately suggested we offer one to seek the help of the Lord, and bore beautiful testimony of how we should seek the Lord's help in all aspects of our lives, even when it's as something as material as a car. It reminded me of Elder D. Todd Christofferson's talk in conference, that we should make all things holy unto the Lord. And several members followed, bearing testimony about the incredible power of prayer. The Lord really does have a purpose in all things. 

Our Area Book, where we write all our information about our lessons and investigators is on our tablets. This week we got a completely new area book app, and we have no idea how to use it, so it's gonna take us a while. First they give us Facebook, then change our Area Book, so we basically have no idea how to use our tablets. 

UPDATE, we are now officially invited to that branch council we discovered existed only two weeks ago. We got to go yesterday, it was the first time in my mission I've gotten to go to one, and it was so nice. And it was really cool to see how smoothly the organization of the church flows. 

2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." As we turn everything to our Heavenly Father, he can replace all of our fears and worries with peace and with love. 

Hermana Meredith

1,2. Diana's Birthday Party! We stopped by for dinner, and played a round of pin the nose on the clown. Needless to say, I completely failed.
3,4. Exchanges with the Crystal Lake Sisters!

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