IS IT TRUE? AM I REALLY STAYING IN AN AREA FOR 3 TRANSFERS! Well Brothers and Sisters it is True (all of it.. especially the Gospel ;)) I am so excited!! Sister Virgin and I get to be together for one more at least! Which is great because last transfer was full of so much excitement that we need more time to get to know each other even more. :)
This week has been great! We have been trying to get in contact with all of the new member move-in's and also the former investigators. We are just trying to get a really solid group of potentials investigators who are ready for baptism! And members who are ready to come back home :) It has been really fun to find those people who use to know the truth find it again. One of the first things they usually say is "we missed it". I was reading the Bible the other day and I was reading in Matthew 14 where Christ walks on water and tells Peter to come out to see him. Well something that really stood out to me is we are all like Peter at sometime we follow the Savior with great faith seeing miracles such as walking on the water but as soon as we look away from the Savior, we too like Peter, sink. We must keep our eyes fixed on the Savior to continue walking on water and witnessing miracles. However, it is not this part of the story that really impressed me it is what Christ does soon after in verse 31 Christ stretches forth his hand immediately, catching Peter. We need to be more like Christ in this story. We need to immediately stretch forth our hands when those around us have looked away from the Savior and are drowning. We must catch them before they drown below our reach. When do we do it? IMMEDIATELY. Whenever we receive a prompting to rise to action and stretch forth our hand to maybe a Less-Active member, an investigator, a former investigator, an Old Friend, or even a very active member. We must do it immediately and save them from the shafts and whirlwinds that face us all. :) I know that this has been a principle I have been striving to focus on these past few weeks and we have seen so many miracles by doing it.
We were able to go and visit a family that moved into the ward recently from Liverpool last night. We had tried them multiple times before and so had everyone else, but no one ever got in contact with them. So we went and we caught them. She expressed great appreciation and gratitude for us coming by. She said that when she went to the door and saw us she felt that great love that she has for missionaries billow up inside her and she knew we came at the perfect time. It was amazing. The spirit was so strong and she said she is going to make it to church this Sunday. They just were unaware of where it was and they didn't know anyone.. all we had to do was drop by and they were back walking on the water. :) It is amazing!! We had this experience many times this week! People are just waiting to be saved :) We just need to follow our impressions and do it :
We also had an AMAZING lesson with Nancy this week! We have been having the prompting to watch Joseph Smith the Prophet of the Restoration with her for a while now but we were just waiting for the right time to do so. Well we asked her if we could do it this week and we watched with her the 1 hour 29 minute long version. I wasn't quite sure why we felt like we needed her to watch the long version but we did it anyway and by the end Nancy's heart had softened 10 times. The spirit was sooo thick in the lesson you could hardly breathe. She said "I understand now why you guys keep emphasizing reading the Book of Mormon. I am really going to try hard this week to receive an answer." It was amazing and she was prepared enough that we were able to talk about the Temple, Tithing, Eternal Families, the Preisthood and The Book of Mormon. She saw that everyone she knew in this life that has been Mormon has been a Mormon in the office, at home and in church. She was really impressed! It was amazing!! I just know that she is going to be so much more prepared now to progress and willing to accept the invitation of baptism. I am SOOOOO excited!! We are seeing constant miracles in this area. I LOVE IT! :)
We also did get to go to the temple this week! I LOVE THE TEMPLE! It was so great to be inside. I felt the spirit so strongly as we did names of ancestors of Recent Converts in this mission and we were able to see our Recent Convert as well as another Recent Convert of the Elmira Sister's at the temple. This mission is growing and a lot of our Recent Converts are seeing the importance of the temple it was such a sweet moment to be in the temple amongst some of the sweetest new members. :) I don't know if I will be able to leave New York everyone... this place has become Home and it is full of so many people that I love and hold so dear to my heart. It truly is sacred ground.
I love you all! Have a great week!!
P.S. these picture are from a random "pull over the car" lunch break adventure :)
Love: Sister DeVries