Teach is working so hard to be a good missionary! She shared this experience today.
We had an amazing opportunity last Monday. We had a full night planned and one
by one throughout our preparation day everyone cancelled. It was slightly
devastating for a moment but we had placed a less active family that lives in
the outskirts of our area as our backups so we were planning to head out there.
We also had a potential investigator that we felt we should visit. We visited
our less-active family (he has agreed to read The Book of Mormon again) and then
headed to the potential. We debated for a minute if we should go in because
there were a lot of reasons not to go-but in the end one of my companions said,
"Why not? Let's just knock." So we did! We were able to come inside and teach
the family (Mom and 3 teenagers) the Restoration and we invited them all to be
baptized. They want to learn more and we have a return appointment! It was just
such a great experience. The teenagers know two members from school, so right
when we got out to the car we called up the members and our Ward Mission Leader.
We are so excited for this miracle and we are truly hopeful that this family
will be baptized this summer! This experience builds my faith in the power of
the Holy Ghost and just knowing that God really is leading this work. He knows
I think because she is working so hard, Satan is hard at work on her too. I hope this experience was not so personal that she would not want me to share it.
I also had another experience this week that opened my eyes to the reality of
the adversary. I was laying in bed on Wednesday night and I was fast asleep when
I felt a tap on my shoulder. It woke me up and I realized I had to go to the
bathroom. When I got back into bed I was overcome by a crippling fear. I can't
even describe it, but I felt very much alone- even though I could see
my companions in the beds right next to me. I am grateful for the powers of
Heaven as I called down upon that power to protect me. It became a mind game as
the adversary tried to put thoughts in my mind of fear and very real terror into
my heart. Yet, the Lord is always stronger. I kept praying, quoted scriptures,
and sang hymns to myself. I couldn't fall back to sleep. For a while I just laid
there with my body tense as I let the Spirit and the knowledge of covenants I
have made comfort me. There came a point in my prayer when I said, "Father, if
it is necessary that I lay here all night and face this agony, I will- just
please stay with me." This is really the last thought I remember before falling
asleep. I woke up in the morning feeling like a champion. The Lord protected me
and I am so grateful for that experience. It's interesting because as I was
recording it in my journal I just thought to myself how ridiculous it all
sounded, but I know it was real. I know that the adversary has been licking at
my heels this week. Why? I'm not sure. Yet I know with all of my heart that the
Lord is stronger. The Lord is on my side. It builds my faith in knowing that
this work is truth because as Elder Corbridge said in conference, "The truth
will always be opposed." I felt that opposition in a very real and personal way.
I am grateful for that experience because I learned so much.
I'm so grateful that I'm a missionary. I love this work. I love the Lord.