18 months has FLOWN!! Its mixed feelings all the way around. Sister Rees always says, "It's a happy/sad!" and my response is always "No it's JUST. SAD!" Both wards were surprised yesterday to hear that I was going home, but I couldn't ask for a better last area!
Sister Rees and I have seen miracles the last couple of days!! In our conversation over MyPlan about goals, I reflected a lot on the goals I have set for my mission and for this last transfer. I thought about this past weeks goal to find 3 new investigators and have 2 at sacrament meeting. Things at that point weren't looking like we were going to meet our goals. But we had faith and patience. On Friday morning, I ended my studies and prayed fervently that we would be able to share the message of the Restoration and the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with someone that day. During district meeting, Elder Mouser asked us to all write down a goal that we had for the rest of the transfer. The goal I wrote down was "We will find someone that will have a desire to be taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ." At that point, I didn't care if they were in our area or not. I just wanted to meet someone that had the desire to learn and draw nearer to Christ. Everyone else that we've found since being here has dropped us. After district meeting, we decided to go tracting and contact some referrals on a street where a sweet old lady of our ward lives. Everyone loves her and so we thought we'd talk to all her neighbors! Sister Rees and I both felt inspired to knock on a certain green house. Unlike any other house that I've tracted to, a man named Jerry invited us in with his girlfriend. As we talked with him, we talked, taught, and testified of the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. He agreed to read it! It was a wonderful experience. My prayers were heard and answered. One new investigator.
On Sunday, the Moore couple came to church with some of the Self Reliance Missionaries. During the second hour, we taught them the first part of the Restoration. They are in a tough situation. Lost their house over the winter, she is living in a women's homeless shelter, he is living in his truck, and the custody of their 8 kids is on the line. Their hearts were humble and prepared. They had a desire to learn. With tear filled eyes, I taught and testified that the Heavenly Father loves them and their family and living the gospel will bless their family so abundantly. They have a long road ahead. But as they embrace the Restored Gospel, they can find greater happiness in this life. Sister Moore and I had this connection. I don't know how to describe it other than I felt a little bit like Ammon teaching King Lamoni. The Spirit helped me to speak to her needs. It happened multiple times. She said "Everything that you just said, was a question in my mind an hour ago during sacrament meeting." and "I think you're the first person that really understands my relationship with God." Wow. It was a powerful experience. We are meeting again with them tonight. Those were investigators two and three. AND our two at sacrament meeting. What a wonderful end to a week of hard work and perseverance.
I know that Christ lives! Because of a simple heartfelt prayer, a prophet of God was called again to Restore His Gospel! The appearance of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith changed the course of the world forever!! I am so grateful to have been able to share that message of a loving Heavenly Father that has restored original truths today! The Book of Mormon IS evidence of that Restoration, and because of it I know that Christ lives!! I have worn His name over my heart for the last 18 months and I will continue to represent Him because His name has been engraved on my heart. I will praise Him forever! And I will give glory to God for sending His Son. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.