is complete. (not really, but it really was one of my mission dreams)
So theres literally one black man that lives in the Springfield area.
His name is Tom and he’s not a member but he goes to church all the
time just because he loves Jesus. So a member took us to go meet him
and he lives in a RV thing in the middle of absolutely no where……
He said he wants to do “bible study” with us. haha so anyway, we went
and visited with him and he sang us gospel music. He said he goes down
to the gay pride parade in SLC every year and sings/performs…So
yeah, it was kind of the highlight of my life to meet this guy.
OKAY. so this week was probably one of the most miracle filled weeks
of my whole mission. The Lord is blessing Hermana Lopez and i so much
here in this area. who woulda thought that aberdeen idaho would be
such a gold mine!?
So Karin, our cute little investigator from Peru. She’s doing an
internship at this agricultural center thing here in town. So she
lives in this house with all the other interns and they are all from
foreign countries! its so cool. The other day we went by to visit with
Karin for a minute and while we were there one of her roommates comes
out of his room and goes, “are you the ones from the church!??!” So
here is where the little miracle story begins. His name is Pooria and
he’s from Iran. He’s like 35 or somethin and he’s doing the same
internship thing. So anyway he proceeds talking to us and is all ” i
met this guy from your church a long time ago! and he gave me this
book!” *pulls out book of mormon* “i want to read it so bad and ive
been trying to! but my english is not that great and this is really
hard english..so i am having trouble understanding it.” He was sooo
surprised when we told him that we could get him one in his home
So two days pass and we’re about to have a lesson with Karin! we went
with a member to go pick her up from work and as we’re driving out of
the parking lot guess who we see!? Pooria 🙂 So i roll down my window
and invite him to join us at our lesson with Karin and he was
thrilled. Long story short we had this amazing lesson with the both of
them. Not going to lie, it was pretty difficult trying to teach a dude
from Iran and a girl from Peru in the same sitting… It was like half
spanish…half very basic english. haha but it worked out perfectly.
Shows that the spirit is the true teacher. At the end of the lesson we
asked Pooria if he’d like to join us at church the next day and he
didn’t hesitate to accept. So sunday comes around…its 1 oclock and
sis Lopez and i are circling the outside of the chapel waiting for
him. I started getting so nervous! did he forget!? was he just being
nice and is he really not that interested!? so finally were like,
okay…lets just go check inside the chapel..MAYBE he’s in there
already. So we peek our heads in the chapel and sure enough! theres
Pooria all dressed up in a suit, sitting in a pew with his book of
mormon in hand. AND sitting next to him is this girl from China!
another intern living in that same house. They loved church and later
that night we get the coolest text from Pooria: “i forgot to tell you,
i read the gospel of jesus christ pamphlet like i promised. Now i feel
happy, peaceful and hope. i have experienced many different religions
but i confess that the church of jesus christ of latter day saints has
the best plan for salvation and i want to continue learning. Thank you
so much.” ……..i literally read that text probably 10 times because
i thought i was dreaming or something. but nope, the church is true.
It doesn’t take too long for anyone to realize it.
From so many experiences i’ve had on the mission i now have the most
solid testimony that the Lord prepares his children. The Lord does the
preparing and the guiding…we do the teaching. I feel so blessed to
have witnessed so many experiences like these. as these people are
gaining testimonies of the church, my own is getting strengthened.
this is truly the best work there is. Im so grateful to be apart of
Quick update on Brian- we’re still waiting on a response back from the
first presidency. So keep prayin!
Love you all.