Monday, September 5, 2016

Week 63: Miracles in Griffin

Okay! A lot of great things are happening here in the Griffin area!  It has been great to get to know the area better this week.  This area is one of a kind that’s for sure... there are a lot of really good, really humble people here.  In the actual town of Griffin (we live just north of there) there are a lot of projects and gangs, and there are people from all walks of life, and it’s been really eye opening and cool to be apart of!  A few miracles from this week:

    Sister Finisie and I had finished weekly planning earlier in the day and we both made it a goal to strive to trust Heavenly Father more, because at this point we are really striving to build up our teaching pool.  We went knocking on a few doors later that evening and we found the sweetest lady.  She was really excited to talk to us and have us pray for her.  She has recently quit a lot of substance's that she has been addicted to for a long time and is in the process of quitting smoking.  She was really receptive to the Spirit.  After we finished talking to her we said a prayer of gratitude that Heavenly Father would place someone like her in our path! Just like in 1 Nephi 1:20 "the tender mercies of the Lord are over all whom he hath chosen.”  I have seen that time and time again this week!

     We had a lesson with Bob who is getting baptized this Saturday.  We went through some of the interview questions with him and it was great.  In the past he has been super hesitant about sharing his testimony at his baptism, but as we talked to him about it this time, he is still nervous but really wants to do it!  His favorite scripture is Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” He is acting in faith by getting baptized, and I know it is going to be so amazing for him.  It really is amazing to see the light of Christ grow within those we are teaching.  

     We had an amazing experience while teaching a man we found last week, and we were able to set a return appointment with him.  He is from Mexico and speaks very little English so we brought a member who served her mission in South America.  She did a great job of teaching and translating a simple version of the restoration, and even though I couldn't understand 90 percent of what was being said, the Spirit was so strong.  He was talking about the joy he feels when he sees beautiful things in nature like the ocean or the mountains, and he had his hand over his heart.  He compared that to what he was feeling as we were teaching him.  He said, “That is exactly what I feel right now.”  He said the closing prayer before we left and it was beautiful. I felt so grateful that Heavenly Father gives me opportunities to feel of the Spirit. I am so grateful that he cares so much about little Sister Hunter sitting in a trailer park in Hampton, Georgia, and that I am so important to Him, and that He knows me better than I even know myself.  God's love is real and each day I am serving my mission it is becoming more and more apparent to me! Sadly, Jacob, the one from Mexico, doesn't live here.  He goes back to Mexico tomorrow, but he wants missionaries to meet with him down there! Hope y'all have a great week! Love you!

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