Monday, June 8, 2015

Miracles In Stockton (May 25th)

Hey everyone!!

So this week has been really wonderful and busy.  Tuesday we had exchanges with the sister training leaders which was great.  I spent the day with Hermana Cuesta in Lodi.  She is awesome!  We also had interviews with President and Sister Jardine on Wednesday which was great.  I love being able to talk to them.  

So our investigator that is the one that wants to move to the English ward (I will call her C. to protect her identity) is doing great!  It is so amazing to see her desire to learn the gospel grow.  We had two wonderful lessons with her this week about prayer and about the Plan of Salvation.  When we met with her on Thursday she informed us that she is already in 2 Nephi and made the comment that she hadn't read as much as she would like to...If only all of our investigators would say that.  I love being able to see first hand how the gospel has the power to change people.  She talks about how much peace she feels as she reads the Book of Mormon and how much more she want's to learn.  As long as everything goes smoothly she will be baptized on June 13th which is right before transfers, yay!

This week was awesome though because we were able to see how when we follow the spirit miracles really do happen!  It all started during weekly planning last week.  As we were deciding how many people to put on date both Hermana Sellers and I felt prompted to plan for two people with a date.  By that weekend we had two people planned so we thought maybe we were done.  However for whatever reason I felt like there was someone we were missing.  Two days later one of the people we had on date called us and informed us that they wouldn't be meeting with us anymore because of pressures they were feeling from family members and not wanting to cause problems.  This took us back down to one.  We have  multiple investigators right now though so we though that it would possibly be on of them.  As the week progressed though we realized that none of our other investigators were ready to have a date though.  Saturday and Sunday we didn't have any set lessons so we spent both of those days just looking for people.  Saturday the Lord blessed us with the opportunity to find a less active family that had moved and had been lost for a couple of years, but still no one that was ready to accept a baptismal date.  On Sunday, we had some great lessons but still none of them were the ones that the Lord had inspired us to plan a date for.  Finally we were down to our last hour of the week (isn't that how it always works?) and we decided to go visit some potentials we had that were all on the same street.  As we pulled up to the first house there was this cute little family of a mom and her daughters all sitting outside.  We got out and went to talk to them.  The more we talked to them the more I knew that these were the people the Lord wanted us to find.  We taught them about the restoration and them invited them to be baptized if they came to know if these things were true.  They said yes and so we extended them a date ofAugust 1.  The mom's (I will call her C2) was that that was really soon.  She told us "I have been searching for the truth for 30+ years and you expect me to be able to receive an answer in that time?" One of the daughters though (I will call her M.) who had been listening attentively the entire time said yes and then asked us, "If God called a prophet to the earth in 1820, who is the prophet today?"  We finished by bearing our testimonies about how there is a living prophet today who's name is Thomas S. Monson and then set a date to come back this week.  I know that the Lord has been working with this family and I am so excited to be able to work with them and help them to find the truth for themselves.  

I know that when we follow the promptings of the Spirit and trust in the Lord that we will see miracles in our lives.  I love being able to be a missionary and to have the opportunity to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to help bring his children into the fold.  May we all seek to follow the spirit of the Lord as we work to help God's children.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

With Love,

Hermana Carpenter

p.s. IPad's come tomorrow! Oh and here are some pictures from the last couple of weeks! Enjoy :) And yes, those are ducklings, in their awkward teenage phase!

My companion drew me as a My Little Pony

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