Saturday, April 1, 2017

God is SO Good

I know I talk about miracles all the time, but this week was filled with blow your mind crazy miracles. 

First of all, Chrissy is getting baptized on Saturday! After she wen't to the baptism last week, she really wanted to get baptized. Her progression sky rocketed after she made that decision. We have taught her everyday this week and she got her baptismal interview on Sunday. She is so ready! When we were helping her learn how to pray, I told her that she can ask a specific question like, is the Book of Mormon true? She said, "I already did that, and I know. I felt in my heart that I know it is true." Chrissy ceases to amaze me. It is so comforting to know that the Spirit is teaching her even when we aren't there.
“… The Book of Mormon teaches us truth [and] bears testimony of Christ. … But there is something more. There is power in the book which will begin tflow into your lives the moment you begin serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called ‘the words of life,’ and nowhere is that mortrue than it is of the Book of Mormon. … ‘Every Latter-day Saint should make the studof this book lifetime pursuit’”  
When we first met Chrissy she was a completely different person. She is getting a lot of junk out of her life and getting on the straight and narrow path. The Book of Mormon changes people. It has changed me, and it has changed the people who I have been teaching. There is power in that book!  I love Chrissy so much and am SO grateful that I was able to be here to see her progress so much.
Just to clear up some stuff, Chrissy is the nanny who takes care of Patrick's kids. It was funny the other day we went to teach Chrissy and all of the kids decided Sister Jackson and I were a jungle gym, it was getting crazy. So Patrick said, "Don't hit the church ladies, or you'll have to answer to Jesus." The boy, PJ innocently said, "But Jesus isn't here." haha! It was funny 😁

Last Monday we get a call from a guy named Junior. He said that he has been reading the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price and he just has a couple of questions. WHAT?! We have also been teaching him about every day this week. He said that the San Diego temple is the most beautiful building in the whole world and he is going to build one just like it when he gets some land. He has some hard questions, but has such a huge desire to know the truth and full intent to do what God asks him to do. 

Last Monday when we were having our P-day in the church, a guy walks in name Jowan. He is looking for a church and his friend told him to try out our church so he just showed up. Good thing it was Monday and the church was full of missionaries! He is the coolest. He had cancer when he was two years old and the doctors told him that he was never going to be able to have children, then he had a son. He knows that God has been there for him and he has a really strong testimony in that. We taught him the restoration and he soaked it in! He said that he believed it and it made tons of sense to have a prophet today because without one, we would be lost. He said that he has been to so many churches and finally this one is giving him answers. 

Heavenly Father is literally leading the prepared people who are searching for truth straight to us. It is amazing to be apart of. Alma 26:12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. 16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.
I wish I could express to you the joy that I felt this Sunday in sacrament meeting when all of our investigators came to church again. I know that the Lord is hastening his work and I am incredibly grateful to be able to be apart of it. God is SO Good!!! 

Something Dallin H Oaks said, "The greatest miracles almost always go unnoticed." I know that God loves you just as much as he loves me, and all these people who he is bringing into the church. You can see miracles in your own life as well! Don't let some of God's greatest miracles go unnoticed in your life! I KNOW that God LOVES his children SO MUCH! He is so aware of you and your circumstances. Matt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 
Go and see some miracles this week! 
-Sister Ruffner

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