Minus the fact that I have had a cold this week has been a pretty good one. The biggest thing I got from this week in both my studies and from experiences is that God knows all of his children and he has a plan for each one of them. Don't get me wrong, I already knew this, but I love having moments that just re-confirm that.
The biggest thing that confirmed that to me is an experience we had that all started a long time ago. I came into the picture a couple of weeks ago when I was on exchanges in Turlock. While I was there we ate dinner with the Branch President. While there he mentioned that he had a less active brother that lived in Manteca. I know all the names and most of the faces of everyone on that list and I did not know his brother. I asked if I could get his address so that Hermana Sheffer and I could go visit him. They didn't have his address though on hand but said that they would get it to me. I left with only his name and the street he lived on, which is a pretty long street. Fast forward a couple of weeks...still haven't received the address. On Wednesday we went with Eliseo, a recent convert in our ward, to visit some of his family that are not members. We decided to stop by his aunts house who we had met before and with whom we had also had a lesson. When we got there an unfamiliar face answered the door, her son-in-law whom we had not met yet. He greeted us though like, "Hello sisters, how are you? How long have you been on your missions for?" Things that only members or people very familiar with the missionaries ask us. (Also to our knowledge, Eliseo had no family that were members). Anyway, we quickly find out that he is a member and return missionary. He then mentioned that he had a brother that was the Branch President in Manteca. It then clicked! We had found the less active brother...and he is related to our recent convert! Out of all of the houses on that street we had been lead to his house. He gave a beautiful testimony about the church and shared some stories about his mission. It was wonderful. We are planning on returning to have a family home evening with them tonight.
This whole experience was a testimony to me that God does not forget his children. He knows where they are and he knows what they need. I don't know what is going to happen with this family but I do know that God is preparing them. I know that he works with all of His children and when the time is right he gives us what we need to make those changes that will help us to draw closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. I hope that we can all recognize the hand of God in our own lives and how he works with us to help us better live and accept the gospel in our own lives.
I hope everyone has a great week!