|Me at Mount Garfield|
So we had a couple of cool experiences this week that were unexpected. One is that we are doing something called the "prayer approach" with people, wherein we ask to leave a priesthood blessing on their home and pray for their specific challenges. Every time I have done this, there has been a remarkable outcome. I'll share a couple.
We were contacting a former investigator known in our records only as the "Padilla" family. The record indicated that they were very close to baptism a while ago with other missionaries but that they started going to another church because their children didn't like our church. Well we knocked on her door early this week and she opened the door and said she was busy. But I asked if there was anything we could do and she said that times were rough right now and just to pray for her family, so we offered to say a prayer in her home. She accepted and asked her what we should pray for specifically. Her eyes welled up with tears and she explained how her teenage daughter was on probation and was constantly sneaking out and that the family was suffering because of the decisions she was making. We talked a little while longer and we wrote down everything we were to pray for (we have to do this, they ask for a lot sometimes). Elder Wallace then offered the prayer, and you could hear her sobbing during the prayer. After the prayer we asked her how she felt, and she said she felt "as if a large burden was taken off of her shoulders." We offered to help clean her house up a bit and she accepted again. After we left we set up an appointment to return. When we returned, we asked how things were doing and she said that conditions in her house and with her daughter drastically improved after the prayer and she was surprised at that. We taught her some of the 1st lesson and she wanted us to keep coming back and teaching her more.
The next experience is similar. We are teaching a less active lady and she had been blowing us off for a few weeks and even sent a text saying she "wasn't ready for the commitment." We decided to stop by yesterday after church, and we found her watering her garden and invited us in. After our first pleasantries she said sorry for blowing us off and told us that her family was being torn apart because of differences and her granddaughters were being hurt by relatives and that her nephew was being charged for murder that she believes he didn't commit. Again, we offered to give this prayer and she accepted. Her daughter (also a less active member of the church) joined us and asked that we pray for her and her husband's marriage to succeed. I offered the prayer this time, and afterwards we asked how she felt. She said she felt peaceful and that everything was going to be okay. She told us that just before we came by, she and her daughter were talking about the situation and she felt more scared and alone than ever before. She went out to water her garden and then she heard our voices call to her and she saw us riding up to her house. She said a prayer of gratitude to Father in Heaven and invited us in. It was a neat one.
We also got to meet President Murdock this week. He came to our district and interviewed us all with his wife. He has 10 kids (all active in the church) and he served a mission in England I believe. He is way different than president Maynes. He almost reminds me a bit of bishop Borup. He is really funny and full of energy. So it was nice to get acquainted with him.
Well that's all I have for this week. I love you all and have a great one!