From: Jessica McKay <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Referrals and Frog Legs
Date: June 10, 2013 10:54:08 AM MDT
The Lord sure looks out for His missionaries. Talk about manna from heaven! No matter what happens, as long as I remain faithful, obedient, and diligent as a missionary, I can count on receiving SO MANY BLESSINGS.
We are planning on having a giant zone conference next Tuesday with all the missionaries that will be in the new Kansas Wichita mission (yes, I will be one of them. President wrote in his reply to me this week, “You are a wonderful missionary. Sister Keyes and I will miss you.” So there you have it. Kansas, I’m yours for another 13 months!). We were going to have it in our church building in Wichita, but we found out Monday night that President received permission from Salt Lake to take us all on commercial buses to Kansas City to go to the temple! Sister Beuchert and I are beyond excited. This will be the only time I’ll be able to go to the temple because there won’t be one in our mission when it splits. So, the Lord is allowing us to take part in the miracle of temple work one more time before the change.
This last Tuesday, we were able to teach a woman named Neisha. Neisha is a referral, but a very rare one because she actually referred herself on mormon.org. It’s every missionary’s dream to just have investigators handed to them, and that is exactly what happened with Neisha. We had a wonderful lesson with her about the restoration. She told us she is looking, and has been for quite some time, for something that will be a support to her family and to fill her spiritual needs. She was raised baptist and has visited many other churches, but nothing quite seemed to give her what she was searching for. She told us she was really impressed with Mitt Romney and his wife during the election, and although she didn’t vote for him, wanted to find people like that to associate herself and her family with. I felt the spirit touching my heart and hers as we were teaching her about the restoration of Christ’s church and she told us she was about to cry when I taught her about the first vision. We told her we knew this was what she was looking for and she said, “I think so too. I hope it is.” We get to see her again this week. (Oh I invited her to be baptized when she found out the Book of Mormon was true. She said, “Absolutely.”
We had a little bit of a hiccup this week when we were informed by our district leader that we couldn’t tract anymore. Wha?!?!? We really struggled with that because we rarely receive referrals, so all of our other investigators have been found through tracting. Sister B. and I have been really successful with tracting so far, so we didn’t know what to do to find new investigators this week. So, we had to get down to business thinking of other creative ways to find new investigators and…we are starting a weekly bible study class! We’re inviting all adults and youth from our ward to come and bring their non-member friends. We’re just studying the bible, so members can bring their friends to a non-pushy, non-threatening environment to study something that the majority of people in our area are comfortable with. Our first class is this Thursday, so hopefully we have a good turnout. We have some other ideas that are in the works…but that’s just it. They’re in the works. Turns out though, that was a little bit of a mis-communication and we can still tract. So now we just have tracting AND lots of other great ideas 🙂
We did receive another special referral this week though. Her name is Camilla and she just recently moved with her two daughters, an eight-year-old and a two-year-old. Camilla was a victim of sexual assault and is working with LDS family services to have her baby adopted once she delivers. The parents planning on adopting are Mormon and the lady she’s working with is a member as well. She gave her name to the primary president to invite the eight-year-old to activity days and the primary president then referred her to us. So we were able to visit her last night. What an amazing woman! She isn’t very much older than I am and yet her life has been filled with so many trials. I hope and pray that we will be able to help her feel the enabling and healing power of the atonement as she comes to know Christ and experience the blessings of His church. We left her a Book of Mormon and are going back to see her this week.
Roy is doing great. We found out last week that he was reading, but not really consistently. No wonder he hasn’t received his answer yet. So we challenged him to really study the Book of Mormon. We introduced him to the LDS Tools app for his phone and he has been listening to the Book of Mormon when he runs and drives, which he does every day. He told us yesterday, “I’m beginning to see that the book is a pillar of the mormon religion according to what it says. Meaning if the book is right, then I’m in trouble.” I said, “Meaning you understand why you need to be baptized? Because it is true. We promise.” He answered, “Meaning I’m reading to understand and feel what God wants me to do, and I’ve never gone against what he commands me.” Yeeaaaaah 🙂 I personally think he believes it’s true…he just doesn’t know for sure yet. He was driving to Kansas City with his girlfriend and she saw his Book of Mormon in the car, and she asked him about it. He started telling her about it and realized it was pretty cool, so he offered it to her. She didn’t take it, but he noticed that he has three in his car, so he’s just going to give them away. Wow. Every member and non-member a missionary?!? Sweeeeet 🙂
Think about it. Roy doesn’t even understand yet what all the church has to offer, and he’s still being a missionary. How much more should we all be missionaries because we do understand what we have?
Check this out: We all make mistakes. We will all continue to make mistakes. But missionary work is a way we can repent and receive forgiveness. “For I will forgive you of your sins with this commandment–that you remain steadfast…in bearing testimony to all the world of those things which are communicated unto you.” (D&C 84:61) If you have been blessed in ANY way by the gospel of Jesus Christ, make sure you share it! We have too much to keep it all to ourselves. If our cup is overflowing, why not allow someone else’s to catch the excess? “And any man that shall go and preach this gospel of the kingdom and fail not to continue faithful in all things, shall not be weary in mind, neither darkened, neither in body, limb, nor joint; and a hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed. And they shall not go hungry, neither athirsted. And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.” (D&C 84:80, 88) Remember, this is the Lord’s work. We have the privilege to be a part of it in ALL aspects and times in our lives.
P.S. I am in a jungle. We saw a roadside armadillo on Tuesday, ate frog legs on Thursday, saw a 4 ft. long snake on Friday, and ate elk roast on Sunday. Who says stateside isn’t exotic 😉