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19.And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a
God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say
unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he
ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
20.And the reason why he ceaseth to do miracles among the children of
men is because that they dwindle in unbelief, and depart from the
right way, and know not the God in whom they should trust. (Mormon 9:19-20)
Oh, what a week! It has been raining on and off for the whole week
now, which has discouraged my companion and I a little, especially
because we spend a lot of time finding. But we truly saw a HUGE
miracle this week, I hope I can express this experience in a way that
you can follow and I pray that the spirit will be able to testify to
your heart, as it has to mine, the truth of the church and the power
of Gods love in our life. My companion and I have been going through
the paper Area Book for the last 4 weeks, contacting EVERY potential
and former investigator in the book.. Even if the Elders dropped them fairly recently, we are doing what ever it takes to get a teaching
pool. This week we contacted a lady named Investigator "C" on Tuesday and she
invited us in, she was as nice as can be. We talked with her for an
hour, topics ranging from cooking, to how she is taking a religion
class, how she is attending a variety of different churches weekly, to
her son's suicide last April. We had the wonderful opportunity to share
with her the plan of salvation. She invited us to come listen to her
give a talk about suicide awareness, but we weren't able to because it
wasn't in our area, but we invited her to come to the General Woman's
Broadcast with us this weekend. She agreed to come, but we didn't have
the address for the stake center, or the invitation, so we told her we
would drop the invitation off. Thursday my companion and I were
driving in town, and we felt prompted to take the invitation to Investigtor "C", so we drove to her home, knocked on the door, and she wasn't there.
We were confused why God would send us there, but we wrote down our names and number, and the address to the church and we stuck it in her
door. We didn't think anything about it...
Saturday---- we were sitting at the dinner before the broadcast,
enjoying our time getting to know the ladies who were sitting around
us, when the Stake President walks up, and asks if there is a Sister
Rever in the mission, we tell him no, that there is a Sister Reber,
and he tells my companion and I that there Are 2 ladies who are
looking for us, we look at each other all confused and we get up and
walk over to the table, not recognizing a single lady who was sitting
there... But then I see her... Investigator "C" came..And I was SOOO happy! She
brought a friend from her religion class that she has been going to
different churches with, Investigator "S"! We make small talk, and tell them we
are going to finish eating but that we will save them a seat and find them before the broadcast began..so we left, and found a place to sit
and we all began watching the broadcast together. Investigator "S" is telling
me how the broadcast is making her want to go to sleep, and I got SOOO
sad, I couldn't believe they hated such a sacred and spiritual event! But I kept a silent prayer in my heart. Pleading with Heavenly Father
to allow them to feel something..One of the speakers spoke about the
Celestial Kingdom and this caught Investigator "S"'s attention, she looks at me
and says with a huge smile on her face.. "Did he just say celestial
kingdom?" I said, "Yes, he did:)" We enjoy the rest of the broadcast and
we get up and make our way to the dessert table, in between the dessert table and our seat in the broadcast, " I have the opportunity
to talk to Investigator "S" one on one about how she felt about the broadcast. And guess what? SHE LOVED IT! I was blown away, she told me that it was making her so tired, and that only happens when there is too much
truth for her spirit to handle.. Then she asks me what the celestial kingdom is and I briefly taught the plan of salvation.. She looks at me and tells me "I've been there in a dream. Do you think that's possible?" I tell her she is entitled to receive revelation for herself, and that if it was Gods will for her to have that experience, then that is exactly what happened.. She told me how she felt there,
how she felt Gods love so powerfully she wished she could touch me and give me the feelings she had. She said she has been waiting for a
church to teach about the celestial kingdom, she has been waiting for
someone to teach her what her dream meant, and we were the first
church that was able to do that.she said she was immediately interested..
So we kept talking and I kept answering the questions she
had. I was about to talk about the Book of Mormon when she looks at me
and says.."I know Jesus Christ saw the Native Americans when he was on the earth". I couldn't believe it..I couldn't believe it, I asked her if she had ever heard about the Book of Mormon before and she told me she had one, at one point in her life. But she never read it. She
said that 2 boys would ask her if she read it, but it was always no.
So they stopped dropping by. She asked me why the Book of Mormon was so important to our church and what would happen if she read it, so I was able to bear my testimony to her, and go over some of the things
it says in the introduction! It was an amazing experience..."
-(experience of Investigator "C" from sister Brewster)
In the meantime----- I am talking to Investigator "C". Less than a year ago, "C" met a lady who was in her math class. They didn't talk much,
just saw each other in class a few days a week. Well, Saturday morning
rolls around and they reconnect with each other again while they are both playing tennis at the same place. "C" recognizes her and they
start talking when "C" notices a tattoo on her arm. It was a tattoo
of a date. "C" asks what is the significance of the date and the lady explains that it was the day her daughter had committed suicide. Unbelievably, "C"'s son had passed away within 2 days of her
daughters death.. They talked for a while, and went there separate
ways. Well, Saturday night, they see each other AGAIN. The lady with the tattoo comes up to "C", puts her arm around her and they
reconnect for the second time, in one day.. They talked about how it was weird they met that morning and then they were seeing each other
again at church tonight. A little later "C" says that she believes
God places people in our paths for a reason, that there is a reason her and "S" were there, a reason we showed up on her door step, and
a reason they decided to come to the activity that night and she
thinks this is right.
So my companion and I walk them to our truck, to give them some pamphlets, and a Book of Mormon. We are standing outside our truck and Sister Brewster is explaining the pamphlets and
a group of women from our ward walk passed, we stop them and introduce
everyone to our new friends, and the members from our ward invited them
to church on Sunday. "S" looks at "C" and asks if they are
committed to do this and "C" says she thought they were going to try
and go to another church this week. "S" immediately says, "Why
look when we have found the right one already??" They committed to
come to church.. After a long discussion, we say our goodbyes, and we
are about to head out, just then from across the parking lot "S"
yells, "I figured it out... I know what this church has that the other churches don't have... You HAVE THE LIGHT IN YOUR EYES.. I CAN SEE
IT.. AND THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE"
Family and friends MIRACLES DO HAPPEN! Things just aren't coincidences!
Well to add to the story! Sunday night we are at an older couples home, I decide to tell the story of this miracle. As I start talking about the lady with the tattoo, the man and the dinner table starts to cry and says "that's our daughter!". The spirit was so strong. I told
them of "C" experience being with her and how much she felt the love of their daughter. Coincidence? I don't think so!
Family & friends, this Church is true! There is NO doubt in my life
that it is! I pray that we can all remember our Heavenly Father's
love for us! I know that our Heavenly Father has put you each in my
path for a reason!
May you all have a blessed week!