Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More Miracles!

Okay, so this week went by way too fast! I am starting to forget everything that happens because there is so much going on each week and the time seriously just goes too fast!

On Wednesday, we were able to go over and see Bill and Kathryn and she had read 1 Nephi Chapter 3, so we just reviewed what happened and then she said that she would read chapter 4 before we come next time. That was all we had time for because Kathryn was not feeling well.  : (

Wednesday night, we received a call from a companionship in the zone and they asked us if we would be willing to come over in the morning to attend their companionship study and we were like, "YES!"  We usually have to ask missionaries if they are okay with us coming to participate in their planning or study, so we were pumped when they asked us. When we got there on Thursday morning we read through some things in Chapter 9 of Preach My Gospel with them and then we all role played different finding ideas. It was really funny! I started out in the bathroom and they knocked on the door and I pretended to be someone they tracted into and then they just started talking to me about how our families can be together forever. We all took turns knocking doors and inviting people to learn more. It was a really successful companionship study! 

The neatest part about our time spent with these Elders was we were able to use what we practiced that night. All day, we were praying that we would be led to someone who was being prepared to meet us and after dinner we felt like we should go to this one particular street in the neighborhood where we ate dinner, so we drove over there and said one more prayer before heading out. It's GO TIME! So we knocked the first door and this lady was not having it with us! She was not super rude, but needless to say she didn't want to talk to us. So I was like, "Well, she isn't prepared so lets keep going!" Elder Christensen knocked that first door, so I knocked the next. There was no answer so I then rang the doorbell and then a girl came to the door a few seconds later. I could tell that this girl seemed very sad and it looked as if she had been recently crying. The first thing I said to her was, "Hello we are missionaries from our church and we are just going around sharing a message with your neighbors about how our families can live together forever and it is through God's power that makes this possible....." This girl then said to me, "Well it is crazy that you say that because my boyfriend's dad just passed away less than an hour ago." I knew at that very moment that we were supposed to meet this girl that night and that Heavenly Father lead us to her. Her parents were not home so we did not go inside, but she wanted to talk to us so we ended up standing on her front porch for an hour and we talked briefly about the Restoration and then we shared the Plan of Salvation lesson with her. This message brought her so much comfort and she said that she was going to talk to her boyfriend about it. We gave her a pamphlet and a Book of Mormon as well as one for her boyfriend. We are waiting to see if she calls us back, but if not then we are going to go back over there to see if she still wants to meet with us. 

That same night, we received a referral from the missionaries in Waller and they said that there was a lady named Lois at the Tomball Regional Hospital who wanted a blessing, so we went there after we talked to Brook out front. When we got to the hospital, we talked to Lois for a while and she explained how her sister was a member in Washington and that she completely changed her life around and it was because of her husband, and our church. She said, "I want to know what it is that you guys have that changed my sister!" We gave her a blessing and talked to her a little bit about the restoration and then we had to go because it was getting late! 

Friday, we went back to visit Lois and we brought Paul Kendrick with us! We talked about the Book of Mormon and we started reading it with her and we just had a big circle and we all took turns and stopped to discuss what was going on. As we read about Joseph Smith's testimony, she was so interested about angel Moroni. It was sweet! We are actually supposed to be going back over there tonight with some other members because she was not feeling well the past few days. 

So on Sunday, we were able to meet with Morgan and Brenda at our Bishop's house. Morgan was baptized like 5 years ago but he has just recently been coming pack to church and his wife is not a member. They have been wanting to meet with us, but they have been super busy but we finally got it all worked out yesterday! We had a powerful first lesson yesterday and Brenda wants to continue meeting with us! It was way better than I am making it sound, but I am running out of time so I will let you know how the next lesson goes! :) 

I love you guys and I want you all to know that I am so grateful to be out here in Texas! It is amazing to me how engaged the Lord is in His marvelous work. He is directing us and we are just tools in His hands. I love it! 


Elder DeLuca 

Sorry I didn't take that many pictures this week so here I am.. haha : )
 I love you guys! 

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