Monday, December 28, 2015

November 9, 2015- Follow Up Follow Up Follow Up! :)

This week has been so busy and so full of miracles. :)
On Monday we got to spend time with Sister S. It was rainy so we stayed inside and played board games. :) It was a fun way to spend an afternoon!
Tuesday we had things fall through, which was disappointing, but we were able to spend a lot of time just walking around and getting to talk with people. The rain let up a little bit, so we went walking in a neighborhood. We followed up with Da'ani, the first person that we met this transfer! She was happy to see us, but said that the weekend would be better. So we set up a time to come back!
While we were walking around, we knocked on some doors. We had an interesting experience with a woman that we met who did not believe in Jesus Christ. While we stood at the door, we talked to her about her beliefs and about who she is, and we had a positive conversation. But as we were going to leave, I just felt like I had to say something. I am a representative of Jesus Christ, called as a missionary to testify of Him, and what He did for us! So I said, "I respect the things that you believe, but I felt like I should share with you that I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that He loves you." It was kind of scary, I didn't know how she would react, but she was kind about it. It was such a cool experience, because we had the opportunity to stand up for Christ. How many times is that going to happen in our lives? Probably a lot! I am glad we had that opportunity.
That night we had dinner with Sister C. :) She loves to do themed dinners! Since Sister Lundquist is new, she did a "greenie" dinner. Everything was green! :) It was so fun.
Wednesday we had a strange experience. We called up someone who had formerly investigated the church. His name is Bob. He really likes missionaries, so we set up an appointment with him.
Bob has a lot of interesting beliefs and is not really willing to listen. We came out of that appointment a little frustrated but mostly with this sad feeling. Bob likes to feel the Spirit that comes when we read and pray together and teach, that's why he likes us to come, but he's not willing to extend any faith. It was a sad thing. :(
But that day, we were walking around and talking to people, we met Charlie. Charlie has light in his eyes and a desire to learn more, and to listen. He is married and has a young daughter. We are so excited to go back and talk with him again!
We also had a cool experience, with the miracles of family history. We talked to a man named Rod, who was waiting for the school bus and his granddaughter, and after we talked a little bit and invited him to hear our message, he said he was good with his faith. We said, "okay," and then I was prompted to ask him if he had ever worked on his family history. "Have I ever worked on my family history?" he asked. He proceeded to tell me about his ancestors and using and census-es and things like that and I thought "Now you're speaking my language!" We told him about Familysearch and he was excited to try it! We also told him about the family history center in Suffolk. Sister Lundquist had been prompted to grab a family history passalong card that morning, so we had one to give to him. When we left, Rod had a big smile on his face. Family history changes hearts!!
Thursday we did more walking and talking, and we met a lot of people, and not a one were interested. After about 2 hours of walking, we headed back to the car, a little discouraged. We passed a man working on his car in his garage. We walked up to him and we proceeded to talk with him out in his driveway for about 30 minutes! He was actually nice and he told us about how he is in the Coast Guard and about how he met his wife and we invited him to hear our message. He gave us sodas and was genuinely kind. We're excited to go back with a member and teach him!
Friday we had an experience teaching a less-active member of the ward. The entire lesson, Sister Lundquist and I testified of how we know that the Book of Mormon is true. We know it. But for some reason, she felt so much doubt and had so many concerns, and wanted to set faith aside. There just was not a good feeling in that lesson. Afterwards, I cried! I just felt so unhappy because the Spirit had not been there, and it was just an awful feeling. We still needed to make up studies for that day, so we came home, and just read from the Book of Mormon until we felt the Spirit again. It was an interesting experience, but it just testified to me that the Book of Mormon is true, and reading and applying it changes lives. But people have to be willing to try.
We drew pictures with Alex F on Friday night, drawing pictures from the Book of Mormon and Lehi's dream. It was so fun! :) Alex is 6 years old and such a cutie.
Saturday was way busy. We followed up with lots of people, including Da'ani. Then we went with Rachel to go see Anthony, someone we had set up an appointment with earlier this week. Anthony did not seem really interested, so we were unsure of how the appointment would go. But Heavenly Father blessed us for following up! We went, and Anthony was not home. His step mother, Kim, was, though. She answered the door, and we talked with her and asked if we could share a message. She said yes! We shared the message of the Restoration, and we felt the Spirit. We invited her to pray about it, and she said she would. We're going back this week!
I know that this is the Lord's work, and that He lives. I know that Jesus Christ lives, and that He is the Savior. I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible teach us about Christ, and help us to come to know Him, and helps us to learn to be like Him. I love my Savior!
Have a wonderful week, and don't forget to follow up follow up follow up! It brings miracles.
Sister Megan Moore

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