For a moment I want you all to imagine a time where you were doing some hard labor, workout, or hard work of any kind. Then picture yourself super exhausted and needing a break. That's how I feel right now after this past week. Gratefully for Monday's and having a time to rest and go even hard this coming week. This past week Elder Hardman and I worked so hard but sadly didn't see as much success that we wanted, but saw some really cool miracles.
First had the wonderful time being on Exchanges with Elder Sweet. Elder Sweet is a very good missionary and will see a lot of success on his mission. Had a good time doing service at Habitat for Humanity. Got to talk to a handful of people before dinner. We had dinner with a less active family that I haven't met before. Food was good as always but had a very powerful lesson with them. Even though I could feel the spirit and so could Elder Sweet, somehow the mom in this family just wasn't allowing the spirit to touch her heart. It was very sad to see cause she couldn't, but her kids could feel it. We are gonna go by again sometime and see if things have changed. Later that night we got to have a awesome restoration lesson with an investigator. His comprehension of the Book of Mormon is incredible. It's so awesome to see how much he is enjoying the Book of Mormon. We then committed him to a baptismal date of April 15th and he accepted!!
Once Elder Hardman got back here hit the ground running the next day. Weren't seeing much success in the morning but later in the afternoon we got someone. She was someone that had met with missionaries in the past; so it was nice to make contact with her again. She is pretty awesome and we talked with her for about an hour. She has been really struggling a lot with some trials and just needs the gospel in her life. She then told us as we were talking with her that she was talking to someone about the church a couple days prior and then we show up! There's no way that just happened by accident.
Later that week we got to meet with a media referral that we contacted last week, along with her sister. We had a awesome restoration lesson with them. The spirit was super strong and a lot of really good questions were asked. She even told us that she could feel the spirit really strong when we would show up. It was super awesome.
I have been thinking a lot about what brings true joy or how can we have that true joy. I was able to find a talk by Elder Richard Maynes called "The Joy of Living a Christ Centered Life". He shares the story of Elder Aoba taking some of the youth in the stake to his pottery shop. He then showed them how he was able to shape the clay into certain shapes and sizes. Elder Aoba had then the youth try and most of them complained how that it wasn't working. They didn't realize that the clay wasn't centered on the wheel. Once it was centered on the wheel they were able to do it.
This is the same with the gospel. We need to be centered in Christ and as we do so we will be molded into something amazing. I can testify of the truthfulness and power that as we are centered in Christ we will be transformed.
I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week.
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