Friday, May 30, 2014

A Year Ago Today...

Exactly a year ago, I was set apart as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  And it has been one of the best years of my life.  Being a missionary is the best thing ever!  Just in case you didn't know it.  I have had the amazing blessing of seeing people changed their lives and play a part in that change.  Nothing can compare to it.  It is truly one of the greatest miracles that can happen.  Onward and upward!
This week has been has been crazy.  We have quite a lot of people set for baptism which means the adversary is working overtime on both us, and them, so that they don't make those covenants with God.  Quite a roller coaster ride.  Some amazing, spiritual experiences, and also some crazy psycho things.  For example, this past week, we have found ourselves in the middle of some marital disputes, shall we say.  Three of them to be exact.  Like I said, the adversary is working overtime.  One lady ran into the house in the middle of a lesson, starts yelling at her ex-husband (not very nice words either), grabs the t.v., which is not a small t.v., and tries to run off with it since it was "her" property.  Turns out, she has a restraining order against her and so people are threatening to call the cops while she is still yelling profanities and trying to get the t.v. out of the house.  People are crazy.  But it turned into one of our best lessons ever.  Once she was placated and left the property, we said a prayer to bring back in the spirit and he told us that he wanted to be baptized along with his two kids and it was just an amazing experience.  He even came to church on Sunday for the first time!  But it's been things like that with most everyone that we see.  Ultimately it shows that this is the true church or Satan wouldn't be hosting a full on attack when people want to change their lives and join. We actually had a couple people tell us that.  Yes!!  At least they recognize it and aren't pulled away from the church because of it. 
Another story, a miracle story.  We were walking around one of the complexes we have and walk up to and start talking to this lady who is walking her dog (people walking their dogs is the best because it is an easy conversation starter ;) ).  We get onto the subject of religion and she tells us to come over later that night. Well we come back over that night kind of expecting her not to be there (the mission jades you that way) but she was!  And we had a great lesson and she asked us if she could be baptized before we even got to it!  It was amazing.  The Lord is blessing us so much right now in this area, it's almost unreal.  Fantastic though!
But it's been fabulous.  We had 6 people come to church for the first time this week which is enough to make any missionaries life.  In addition to making them feel comfortable, Sis Sweany and I both had to speak AND do a presentation on missionary work during third hour so it was a crazy crazy day.  I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day!  I got a nice ol' sunburn to show off but it was a good day, nice weather to be outside.
The church is true and life is good!  I hope everyone has a fabulous week :)

Sis Rae

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