Something that stood out to me this week in my studies was Isaiah 41:10. It was the inspiration for one of the verses of How Firm a Foundation. I really love the powerful words of "Fear thou not; for I am with thee... for I am thy God". It makes me think of "Be still and know that I am God." All things are in his control and I need not worry about every little thing. In the words of President Gordon B Hinckley, "It will all work out".

Friday, November 7, 2014

We had quite a few miracles!

October 27, 2014

This week has been a pretty great week!  We had quite a few miracles!

We were tracting early on in the week and found a Japanese woman who decided she wanted to learn more about the gospel and find out if God really is there.  We taught her about prayer and gave her a Book of Mormon with a few chapters to read.  She accepted a return appointment.  We dropped by the next day to let her know that the return appointment we had set was actually during our Trunk r Treat activity and that we would need to reschedule it.  She opened the door and quickly said "Ah! I haven't read yet!" We all got to laugh as we explained the situation and invited her and her family of 4 kids to the activity.  She said she would love to come and we will be meeting with her tonight.

Same street, different day.  We had a pretty big storm blowing in.  Before our tracting, I had prayed that we may find some way to avoid some of the rain.  Well, the Lord provides.  4th house into our tracting, a chinese woman opens the door and we explain who we are.  She looked at us and said "I want to believe in God. Can you teach me?"  Of course!!!! So she invited us in on the spot and (miraculously) her father was home so we could come in.  Her husband is still in China and does not get here for another week or so.  She just moved her a month ago from China.  We taught her simply the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who Jesus Christ was, why he is important, and our relationship with God.  She was so excited!  We taught her to pray and she commit to pray daily and to read a pamphlet we left with her.  We will also be seeing her tonight.

We had a surprise call from a less active member of the ward this week.  She requested a blessing.  After explaining the situation to us, we gave her one and had a chance to visit with her.  She still has a strong testimony and has decided she wants to come back.  We are working with members of the ward for fellowship.  She attended church on Sunday.

We had a dinner with Jing at our Relief Society President's house this week.  Jing is doing amazing! She is just soaking up the gospel.  We taught her the Plan of Salvation and it answered many of her questions.  She said that's already what she believes! We invited her to church.  She is still trying to get work off but said she would come to Relief Society because she will be off work at 2:30 and that starts at 3.  She did.  She loved it.  Tuesday, she will be asking for work off.  Please pray for her!! We will be praying and fasting for her to get Sundays off.

Overall, what an amazing week!  The Lord blessed us with so many miracles and so many great blessings.  I have been pondering this week my service to the Lord.  So often, we quote 1 Nephi 3:7 when we are faced with difficult tasks.  "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."  While this is true, I often fall into the snare of "I will go and do, just not right now".  While in my study this morning, I was reading in Mark.  Speaking of Simon's (who would later be named Peter) response to the Savior's call, the scriptures say "And straightway they [Simon and his brother] forsook their nets, and followed him."  I thought to myself, "Am I not only willing to go and do but am I willing to go and do now?"  This is a question I believe we all must answer in our life at some point.  I hope that we will strive to act willingly and "straightway" whenever the Master calls.

I love you! I hope you have a fun time down in Mexico! Try not to have to much fun ;)

Elder Connor M. Garriss

PS: Please thank Aunt Tanya for her lovely letter!  I really appreciated it!



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