Well, this week was pretty good! I didn't have a planner this week, so I don't really remember exactly what we did every day, but I will just share the most powerful experiences from this week!
So, we did pretty much all the normal stuff this week that we normally do, with P-Day on Monday as well as DM on Tuesday. We had some lessons with Isobel, and they are pretty good. We read the Book of Mormon and then just talked about the church. She still hasn't received permission to get baptized, but she hasn't brought it up. So we aren't going to push that hard. She said that either way, she will get baptized, so we are just strengthening her until that day.
But the Spiritual powerhouse things came on the tail end of the week. So on Friday we had an exchange in Belfast with the Zone Leaders. We were finding and teaching like crazy! I was with Elder Cook, and we GQ'ed this couple and asked if we could teach them right there. They agreed, but there were no benches, so they just told us to come to their house. So we were like, "Sweeto, ya!"
So, we went and as we were teaching them, they shared their experiences about religion and Christianity and all that jazz. We shared ours. And then we taught a Restoration lesson. And right after Elder Cook finished the first vision, the room was still and the Spirit was there. They both told us that they knew in their hearts what we had just said was true. It was so powerful! We committed them to baptism right then and there! It was great!
And then on Saturday we spent the day finding! It was great! We had a few sit down appointments and then we set up a really full day for Sunday!
Then, on Sunday, we had church, which was pretty good, and then we went out to meet our people. A little background, we sent out a mass text to invite a ton of people to church and we had a man respond and say he would like to attend our evening service. We said that we didn't have one, but that we would love to meet up with him that evening, so we set an appointment for Sunday at 8pm.
Our first couple appointments on Sunday fell through, and with the new slot of time, I texted Franky (the guy), and asked if we were still good to meet up that evening. He said that it should work and he was back in Coleraine from traveling. So I said, “well, would you like to meet right now?” He said that would be great! So we met up with him and taught him the first lesson. And again, right after the First Vision, the Spirit was so strong! I told him, "Franky, I feel the Spirit so strong right now!" and he said, "I do as well! This is great!" And so I introduced the Book of Mormon to him and he loved it! He committed to read it and pray! And then he asked me if he could come to church! And then to top it all off, we invited him to be baptized, and he said that he would really love to be baptized! So he is set for the 24th of September! God is good!
Well, sorry for the short email. Next week should be back to the normal format. The mission just had a planner shortage for a while there, so now that I have one, I can do my normal day by day run down. But this week has been a week of miracles!
Everyone take a second look at Moroni 10:3-5, and really consider how merciful the Lord has been to YOU. Love you all!
Till the Work is Done
- Elder Mickelsen