Roshat messaged us this week and said that he has a question for us but he doesn't want any members there... um... this made us a little nervous. We met with him at the church and it was just a super simple question regarding some rules in the church. It was nothing to be worried about at all! We asked him if he believes the things we have been teaching him are true. He bore his testimony for seriously five minutes about how he knows this church is true. He said he wouldn't be wasting his time if it wasn't true. He wouldn't have messaged us back on Facebook if he didn't know it was true. When he comes to church and meets with us, he has a feeling in his body that tells him the church is true. This church gives him peace and knowledge. He knows the church us true! Wow, that was a very special moment. He asked us how many people should come to his baptism. He said, he doesn't want a big crowd, and he only wants people from the church to come. Baptism is definitely in his plans for the near future! He really wants his son Younes to come to church too but, he said we are going to have to be patient with him because he is shy. Roshat is already being such a great missionary. Seriously! He came to church latebecause he got home from work at and didn't get to bed until But he still made it! In gospel principles class, we were talking about ways to prepare for the sacrament. We were talking about listening to the prelude music and how music can really bring the Spirit. Roshat raised his hand and told us that he drives an uber (like a taxi you can order to come pick you up on your phone). night is party night of course for all the students so he spent his night driving around drunk students. When the students would get in the car, they would tell Roshat to turn on 92.1 (or whatever the cool radio station is) and he would turn on a song about Jesus instead. The students would cry because they felt guilty and they felt bad that they were drinking. Roshat would tell them that they were making bad choices and that they need to repent. Go Roshat! Spreading the message of Jesus Christ!
This week we had another moment of heart attack. Right as I was about to knock on this persons door they open the door and were going to take out the trash. I jumped and screamed "OH MY!" Sister Sorensen jumped and said something under her breath. They guy who opened the door fell backwards into his stairs with a terrified look on his face. We all took a moment to breathe and then he took out the trash and we gave him our card. haha :)
We met someone named Carolina as we were tracting one day. She said we could come back later in the week and when we came back she asked how our religion is different from other Christians. We taught her the restoration and she really liked it. She has always wondered about all the different churches and how they all believe different things. She asked if she doesn't wear something to cover her hair, or if she wears makeup if she is sinning? She just wants to follow God, but doesn't know which way is right. As she reads the Book of Mormon she is going to come to know this is the truth. We are meeting with her again this week!
HUGE MIRACLE. As we were tracting last week (as you can tell we do a lot of that) we knocked on Diran's door. He was not interested. He accepted a Book of Mormon at the door and didn't want to give us his contact information. Sister Sorensen said that my face fell when he said that, than he said he would give us his Facebook information. I have been messaging him on Facebook and he said that he didn't want to tell us at the door but he doesn't believe in God. He has studied out the Bible and different religions, but believes that all Christians are brainwashed. It is all made up and none of it is true. In messenger he said, "thanks. bye." So I told him that I wish him well and hope he finds happiness in his life and things like that. I thought the conversation was over. He then messaged me a few days later and said, "Happy Weekend". We messaged about our weekends and I of course mentioned church and invited him to come and give it a try. He said he has studied the Bible and how Christianity came about and believes it was all made by man. I shared with him the apostacy and restoration, he messaged back, "There are no prophets, no saints, no angels, no demons, no Gods, and no God, they are all human ideas." I asked what he believes is the purpose of life? He said "experience, we are here to experience." Then asked what I believe the purpose of life is? I told him the first half of the Plan of Salvation, like pre-earth, Adam and Eve, agency, etc. Then he asked if I live close to him. I said yes, and he asked if I could come over and talk with him more. YES! He works 12 hours every day throughout the week but we are going byto teach him more! What a miracle! Diran is searching for the truth and he found it! Facebook really can be used for good. The Spirit still works through Facebook.
We were talking with a recent convert who lives by him and she said she didn't believe in God, but after reading the Book of Mormon for a week she started to believe. We are definitely bringing her. :)
This was a special week where we were able to celebrate the life of President Thomas S. Monson. I love and adore this Prophet. I truly know he was a prophet of God. I have learned so much from him about love and service and listening to the Spirit over the years. He is the prophet I remember the most. I loved the part where President Monson would say, "I feel I've done some good today." I hope we all can say that each day. What is a day without service? I know the cure to stress, frustration, and grief can be found in serving others. President Monson will be missed, but I am very grateful for President Nelson! I feel the love that comes from him and am very grateful for Jesus Christ always haveing a prophet to guide us. We are never left alone and will never be lead astray in this church!
As we were shopping today at Walmart, a lady started talking to us about how she has been texting her friends every morning, "Good morning!" and they feel so blessed for that. We asked if she believed in God and she went off about her beliefs and her conversion story. She is a new member of the church that just moved here. She doesn't know where the church is around here. We were able to tell her and get all her information to go visit her! I know Heavenly Father watches out for all of his children no matter where they are!
Something that stood out to me this week is knowing that we are not perfect. We don't have to be perfect at everything in this life. It is never going to happen. But we always need to be improving. We wont be perfect at everything, but we can be perfect at some things! We can be perfect at going to church, reading the scriptures every day, saying your prayers. As we do the small things, Heavenly Father will make BIG things happen. I know this is true. It is important to not be overwhelmed with all we need to do, but to improve ourselves each day. I am grateful for this gospel and the opportunity I have to start over and work my hardest every day.
Well, I have good news, I will be staying in Harrisonburg for the next six weeks! I am very happy about that! I will be getting a new companion. I have loved serving with Sister Sorensen SO MUCH! As you can see in the picture, Andrew is pretty sad she is leaving as well haha.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
Remember to make your day one where you can say at the end, "I feel I've done some good today."