So... I've been thinking about what to tell you all about this week because there's been so much. After writing my mission President, I just felt like this part of what I told him, is the best explanation of this last week....
It's been a long, fast, happy, frustrating, exciting, miraculous week. I'm not exactly sure just how else to explain this last week. We were tracting about a week or more ago with member and we met this man at his door. He said he was atheist and was rather grumpy and didn't much want to listen to us. He was about ready to close the door when we told him to wait and we just kept telling him about how this could improve his life and why it would be worth it to learn. Then he finally says, "okei fine you can come back." Well this last week on Wednesday, we went back with a member at the time we had scheduled with him. He was home. And.. he let us in. His house was definitely not in the most shining shape, and it was clear that he smoked quite a bit. So we sat down, and started our lesson. It was a pretty awesome first lesson and we were able to invite him to be baptized. He wasn't quite sure about it, but definitely didn't say no. He just said that he really has been looking for something or someone to help him improve his life and he feels like this may be it, but he wants to learn a little more before he makes any sudden decisions. Ahhh... talk about ready to hear the Gospel!! So then we went back the next night and he had already read 6 chapters in the Book of Mormon and said that he had really been thinking about what we talked about. He already believes that the Book of Mormon is true and he applied everything that he had read into his own life-- better than I could have ever done. It was unbelievable! Then we taught him for the third night in a row, and it was just another really awesome lesson and he committed to coming to church. And then on Sunday, what do you know?! There he is sitting in church! As I sat there in church on Sunday, I couldn't help but think about how God really does work by small and simple means. There me and Sister Jacobsen were doing missionary work and being persistent with someone who said they didn't even believe in God and within less than a week, he has read the whole book of 1 Nephi and come to church! I am constantly counting my blessings everyday, because there are just so many and my eyes fill with tears when I think about how much Heavenly Father is blessing us. Even when Sister Jacobsen and I as a companionship had a hard time this week, because we were trying to solve things and trying to do our best regardless, Heavenly Father blessed us. And He continues to bless us as we do what is right, as we are obedient, and as we work hard, and give of ourselves to Him and to helping His children receive the Gospel. I can never say in words how grateful I am for my mission and for the amazing people and places I have met and taught and seen.
Time is definitely winding down quickly. Baptismal dates holding and setting them hasn't exactly gone as we had planned or expected, but we're patiently working through it all and continuing to try and do our best. I know as we continue to work hard, Heavenly Father will bless us as He does everyday.
I'm so grateful for all the emails and letters of support. Thank you all for making my mission be the most sacred and best time of my life. I love you all so much! Hope you have a great week!
|SPLITS! Sisar Christensen and Sisar Bradbury in Kuopio! I must say... that is probably one of thee most prettiest cities in Finland.|