So sorry this is so late I was golfing all day and I didn't have wifi until now. But today was super awesome! I member went out of his way and flew back from Utah to take us out golfing for my birthday! We had a miracle because all last week the weather was saying that it was gonna rain all day today. But I made sure to say a prayer that it wouldn't rain and it didn't! Heavenly Father is so merciful to me. But we did have some other challenges! The course didn't have rental clubs so we had to go to a golf store and put down 500 dollars to try out used golf clubs and then just return them and get the money back after. But it wasn't that easy! The member who paid for all of that ended up losing the receipt and without that receipt he would have to pay 1,500 dollars because we wouldn't be able to return the clubs without it. So we went back to the golf course and were looking all over for it and he found it in a trash can! So so so lucky!! It was quite a scary experience. But it ended up being really fun and one of the best birthdays I have had! I didn't play to bad for not playing in over 10 months. I also got so many amazing emails so thank you for all of you who sent those!! Great day for me. :)
I'll tell you a little about my week now. :)
So for the last couple weeks we haven't been able to see Ashley because she is always so busy! But this week she actually showed up to church! She hasn't been able to come Sunday's because her sons started baseball and their games are on Sunday's. So we started praying this week that somehow she'd be able to make it and guess what?? Heavenly Father answered our prayers and it rained Sunday so their game canceled so she was able to come!! She was telling us after church how much she missed coming!! Also a member asked her how she feels about the church and she told him that she is getting close to baptism!!! It was so awesome to hear her say that because we were getting pretty disappointed because we haven't had anybody close to baptism since I served in Huntington. So that was a miracle!
Also we met with a less active that hasn't been to church in over two years! She told us that she wanted to leave the church for good. She felt like this wasn't where she belonged. So we started talking and then the spirit kicked in! We started asking some deep questions about her that the spirit led us to say. Through these inspired questions we came to find out that she has never prayed about if the Book of Mormon or if the church was true. We went on to find out so much more of her concerns and ways we could help her all because of the spirit. We promised her that if she prayed about the church sincerely that she would get the answer and be able to get over the trails in her life and return to peace. You could tell she was opening up to it. The spirit is the only way when it comes to missionary work. I am very thankful for the gift of discernment.
We also met with another less active guy who is really struggling in his life. He is paralyzed from the waist down and it pretty depressed right now. But we got talking and he feels like he has no chance to make it to heaven. He feels like he has made so many mistakes that he won't be able to make it. So we talked about the atonement and the plan of salvation. We told him that no matter what he has done, because of Jesus Christ's love and grace we can be forgiven for anything. This is a great reminder for all of us. We all are human and will mess up! Heavenly Father knows that! We all have second, third, fourth and many more chances. Never give up on yourself! There is always a way back. Love God and do your best and that's all he asks of us. By the way this guy was feeling so much better after and had hope for the first time in awhile. That right there is what missionary work is about.
So it was a great week and birthday! Thank you for all the love and support you all show me. I love you all so much