Well all I can say for this week is WOW! It has been such an awesome week compared to the weeks prior! It felt like we were just going in circles, struggling to build our teaching pool but we have really been blessed with many opportunities and miracles this week.
I guess to mention, we've really strived to be as obedient as we can and just improve where we can so that we are really following the Lord with 'full purpose of heart.' New years resolution? Nah, but a pretty awesome goal...definitely recommended! Results show!
Miracle #1 this week was in time of kind of desperation looking for some of the Lords elect, we received a referral from the missionaries in the area next to us. A sister that stays by herself by the estates in a humble as place named Blessing is our first miracle. We called and her and booked an appointment with her and were able to meet up and introduce ourselves and share the message of the Restoration. It was so awesome as we taught, she was really humble and asked some awesome questions which we were able to answer perfectly for her! The spirit was there, and she committed to pray and also come to church! An what do you know? Surely she came yesterday! So awesome!
Miracle #2 this week was meeting a brother, Theophilus, who had attended the church when he was really young like 8 or 9. He's in his early 20's now and is really intelligent. We introduced the Restoration and Plan of Salvation and also the Book of Mormon this week. As he flicked through the pics at the front of the B.o.M he immediately recognized the pic of Christ visiting the Americas from when he previously attended the church. Even recollected the song I am a child of God haha! As we taught him about the Plan of Salvation things really started to click for him and he is starting to progress! My testimony that the Lord prepares his children to receive the Gospel has really been solidified this week! I know as we do all we can to obey him and do our part, surely blessings will come, aswell as peace and great great joy!
One of our investigators Ephia, kept her commitment this week in reading the introduction of the Book of Mormon and went even further to reading all the testimonies of the witnesses and Joseph Smith. She's in her early twenties. Elder Kallon and I kind of sat in awe as she then told us what she learnt about how the book of Mormon was brought forth, and it was so clear the way she explained it back to us! Reciting dates, and exact quotes...like wow!
It really has been an amazing week though! Something kind of stink happened tough lol. This week an investigator dropped us! First time that has happened to me in Ghana! We called to confirm an appointment with her in the morning and she told us she wanted to discontinue learning with us! Her pastor had told her some negative things about the Book of Mormon which spooked her, so she asked we don't come again! Ah well. Kind of disappointing and sad, but that's how it can be.
One thing I know though is that the scripture found in Mosiah 2:41 is indeed TRUE. Those that keep the commandments of the Lord really are in a state of happiness that cannot be obtained by any other way than through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel! The Lord will bless us both spiritually and in things temporal as we OBEY with a willing heart! Most importantly as we do these things, we will qualify for the mercy and grace of our Savior through his Atonement which will enable us to have the greatest of God's gifts....Eternal life! It really is a plan of Happiness that Heavenly Father has devised for us. We just have to be humble enough to see it! And LIVE it!
I always find myself saying this but I am eternally grateful for the Atonement that was made for us and me.. I don't think we will ever be able to fully comprehend this awesome event that was undertaken by the Savior. Millions and millions of lives are blessed including mine, and I am grateful that I can be better tomorrow that I am today. The Atonement can bring a mighty change of heart as we submit to the will of the Lord! I know that he can make more out of us that we can ourselves. Heavenly Father really has so much love for us! I feel so blessed to have this knowledge and share with others in Ghana!
Elder Kallon and I are doing well though! We are just really stoked with the way things are going in our area at the moment! We are finding a lot of people to teach, and it feels like the hard work is paying off! What an awesome start to 2017 though it has been!
I don't think I say this enough but I'm really grateful for such an awesome family! I love you's and am so blessed to be raised by such loving parents! Hope ya'll can look for new ways (or remember forgotten ways lol) in which you can apply the Atonement to your lives! Have an awesome week Mom and Dad!