Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Another week in SJ!

So things are finally starting to pick up here in the SJ Highland
stake! We saw quite a few miracles this week, and the common theme was
the word of God softening and changing hearts!

On Monday night we went to visit a family who has foster children
living with them. Most of them are members of the church, but one of
them isn't, and we were told he didn't like the church, but he was
there so we invited him to join us to read some scriptures, and he
said sure! We read Alma 32 and it was almost time to go home so we
invited them to read the rest on their own, but he said he wanted to
finish it right then and there! Haha it was so neat because it was
right after we'd just read verse 28 that ends with "... it beginneth
to be delicious to me." And I was like see!!! It's already happening!
That's what the word of God does!! Haha it was so cool to see how
instantly his heart changed. He said if he knew it was true he would
be baptized!

Then we had a lesson with a man who's been meeting with missionaries
for years but doesn't really have his wife's support. Last time we met
his wife answered for him and told us he didn't want to talk about
baptism. Since he went hunting last weekend and we didn't get to see
him we asked him to read 2 Nephi 31. And my companion prayer for his
wife not to be there haha, and she wasn't! When we saw him this week,
he'd read 31-33! And HE was talking about baptism, he said "So when
I'm baptized do I say a prayer in the water or what?" It was so cool!
He had read about Jesus Christ and baptism and was already thinking
about it, he said he knows he needs to be baptized he just isn't sure
when but he is praying about it!

Our final miracle I'll share was on exchanges! We had about 20 minutes
left and felt inspired to go to the 9th Ward. So we knocked on one
home and a man and his adult son answered the door. We started to
share a little bit with them and asked if we could read a verse of
scripture and the dad said he didn't have time and was about to close
the door in our face when his son stopped the door and told him he
would listen to us! It was so amazing! He let us read the verse and
then asked so many good questions like "why did Jesus have to come?"
It was such a good conversation! We went back this week and he came to
church with us yesterday! He is praying about being baptized November

It was a good week, I'm so happy that the work in this area is picking up!

I love reading from the Bible and the Book of Mormon each day! There
is so much strength that comes from reading about Jesus Christ's
perfect example and character and trying to become more like Him each
day. To love others as He did.

John 13: 34
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I
have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have
love one to another."

I love you all!
❤️ Sister Kirkpatrick

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