Monday, April 15, 2013

Week 13 The Confederate Cannibal Catholic named Joseph Smith

Hello fam!
I have had the craziest week of my entire life. seriously its been hectic!! Some good news... We have an investigator set for BAPTISM!!!!! D D <3 We met here about a month ago and she has been impossible to get in touch with. She has titanium in her back or something crazy like that and is always in severe pain. She has back surgery this next week and I am praying this will help. She can't even sit or get up without having to lay back down the rest of the day. Anyways... she needed a blessing on Saturday so we stayed after the Elders left and talked to her. She pays tithing and she isn't even a member...  She reads the book of Mormon daily,  she prays. She has a strong testimony of the priesthood. So we basically talked to her about why she hasn't been baptized. She told us how she was expecting a huge answer to come, but we pointed out to her that a lot of time Heavenly Father answers our prayers in ways we don't expect, and that it looks like she got her answer a long time ago. Her son is a member and is 16, and hasn't baptized anyone. She told us how she felt like she should be his first baptism. When she said that the spirit just ATTACKED the room and I was so overwhelmed with happiness. I invited her to be baptized and she looked at me straight in the eyes and said YES. Ahhh I love being a missionary!!! She has some things she needs to get situated before, but we have a date set for May 25. I am praying that it works out!
I have so many stories I want to share with y'all and so little time! Wednesday was the craziest day of my entire life. I guess I'm starting with this... hahah okay so I'll back it up with Tuesday. We were in the area visiting one of our investigators, T.  She is moving this week and we were seeing if she needed anything. Anyways. We looked on the list to see if there were any less active members in the area, and we saw the name C P. Something stood out about her name, it she happened to be on the same street we were on so we decided to pay her a visit. We had never met with her before, so we knocked on the door and saw a woman walking up the driveway the same time we had just knocked on the door.  That's always awkie. Turns out that was Sister P. She looked weirded out to see us, but we set up a return appointment for the next day. Okay back to Weds.... SOOO we went over to Sister P's at around 10. She was waiting outside for us. We walked into her house, and we were all expecting this to be an awkward visit. She sat down and asked us if anyone from the ward sent us. We told her how we pray every morning for people we need to visit and we felt impressed to visit her. Tears came pouring from her eyes as she told us how she needed God right now. She told us how she just got released from the hospital after a suicide attempt and she was just getting back on her feet. It was so intense and the spirit was so strong as we read scriptures with her and talked to her about how Christs arms are continually outstretched before us, and all we need to do is make those steps to come unto him. We asked her if she would like a blessing, and the elders raced over in the HUMID 90+ degrees to get there. They gave her the most beautiful blessing, and also dedicated the house. It was such a powerful, spiritual experience to feel the spirits lift off everyone in the household. Brother P looked so relieved as he saw his wife get a priesthood blessing. Family, the church is SO TRUE. Daily we receive promptings from the holy ghost, telling us to visit choice spirits. This work is inspired, and is of such great worth. I have seen first hand how God and our Savior Jesus Christ can help us through the hard times. When people come back to Christ, they are happier, kinder, and better people! I can not even express the happiness I feel being a missionary!! Sorry I am so all over the place today! So sister P and her family said that they would be at church this Sunday. Guess what... They were! AND Sister P bore her testimony about how God's hands are always stretched out, reaching for us. She was so happy. God and Christ are healing her wounds. They can do that for all of us.  I KNOW IT!
So after this crazy day, we were driving down this rode and we felt impressed to see if one of our potential investigators were there. She wasn't.  As we were walking back to the car, L's name popped into my head. I told my companions that we should see if L was home, and as we walked up to her home, she just pulled in. We helped her take in her groceries and then we talked to her about the restoration. She told us she has been looking for a church ever sense she moved here and she would read over the restoration pamphlet with her daughters and pray about it. We are seeing her this Wed, so I'm excited about that! After this awesome lesson with her, we started contacting old potentials in the area. It was the hottest day of the year, sooo humid. I have never been so hot in my entire life and apparently this isn't even the beginning of it... anyways we were walking down the streets of Norfolk and we met the most interesting people. I'll just do a quick sum sum of the rest of the day:
We met a drunk man at 3 in the afternoon with no teeth who called us beautiful, a homeless man carrying a microwave in a wagon who also called us beautiful, we went into an episcopal church and got dissed by a woman pastor, and we also met a man named Joseph Smith with blood underneath his fingernails and in his laugh lines.... also he was wearing a confederate belt buckle with confederate stamps all over the belt.. hahahaah we called him the confederate cannibal catholic. He was really nice though. We told him about the prophet Joseph Smith and he just smiled with all that blood all up in his laugh lines and told us it wasn't him. So yes. A very interesting day.
We also went to a christian band concert to support one of the elders investigators. It was in a church building. Super cool. Virginia is awesome
Remember D? She dropped us on Saturday. She told us she couldn't believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet. We are going to stop by and talk with her this week. Which leads to me K:
We stopped by on Thursday and talked about her feelings. She told us she hasn't been reading the Book of Mormon or praying. We told her that the Book of Mormon is the evidence of Joseph Smith. And that it the way she can know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church! So she is still meeting with us. We have been stopping by and reading the Book of Mormon with her. She opened up to us about her family and how she feels alone. And she prayed finally!! It was such a beautiful prayer and the spirit was so so strong. She is finally progressing. She doesn't want to set an official date until she knows for sure that this is the right direction for her.
Family, this church is so true. I love being a missionary. I love all y'all so much, y'all are always in my heart and prayers. Have a blessed day!!!
Sister Snow

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