This week was so amazing! Thanks for all that sent me something. It was especially special as I was able to serve as a missionary!
This week we were able to hear from Sherri Dew as she gave us some great advice on how sometimes it is hard to get answers to hard questions we pray about but it is in the wrestle that converts us. We also each have divine orbits. If we keep our covenants, we will be in the right places at the right times in our lives.
It was tons of fun being able to see all my previous companions and the other sisters I have served with! What a great all mission conference.
We also met Roshat. He was in the army and one of his captains was a member and a girl that he dated before was a member as well. He has been to church once a while ago and really liked it. When he moved to America he has been to a ton of different churches with rock bands and they ask for money and things like that which he doesn’t like. He thinks the services should be more reverent. He found the church again online and we started to message him on Facebook. Technology isn’t just another tool for us to find people but, for the elect to find us! We gave him a Book of Mormon and he came to church! He really liked it and asked how he can be a member! I am super excited to keep teaching him!
Linda is an investigator we have been working with and this week we were able to meet her husband! We taught him the first lesson and asked him if he would be baptized and he said yes! Excited to keep teaching him as well! We now have more people on date for baptism! I love this area.
I trained Sister Jackson a little less than a year ago and we were able to go on exchanges this last week. Just like old times. As we were walking the streets of downtown Harrisonburg, we met a guy named Chops. He said that he has been to a lot of different churches but doesn’t like any of them. We started to share the differences in this church from others and told him about the Book of Mormon. He stopped us and said, “I have to tell you something, I woke up this morning and told God that I was sick of being a drunk and I needed his help.” We told him that we were the answer to his prayer. He said he believed that as well!
Especially this week as we go from door to door and people don’t want to let us in, I think about all those who would never let the Savior in. Even before He was born. There was no room for Him in the inn. The Son of God was born in a manger in that little town of Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. “The hopes and fears of all the years” were made in Him that night. Before we came to earth we testified that He would come. Now we can testify that He did. He came to earth and accomplished all that He said He would. I was not there that special day when Jesus was born. But this year He can be born in our hearts. “Where meek souls will receive him, still The dear Christ enters in.” Let us remember the gratitude we have for our Savior all through this next year.
♥️ Sister Ruffner