This week was a spiritual high! I was able to hear from three different General Authorities. First on Tuesday Elder Schwitzer came to our zone conference, then Elder Clay and Elder Curtis came to our Stake Conference on Saturday night and Sunday morning. It was a big deal because they changed the Stake Presidency. It was really cool and I learned so much from them!
We have been teaching Illuminee and her roommate Kate and they are from Rwanda. So they don't speak English very well. Their first language is french and we were able to give them french Book of Mormon's on Thursday and it was really cool. They were so excited and started reading right then and asking so many questions. They are really trying to understand! Illuminee told us that she believes that this is true, and Kate is taking a little longer but now that she has a french Book of Mormon she is going to progress so fast. The Book of Mormon teaches the gospel a lot better than I do anyway, so as we use the scriptures a lot in our lessons with her than she will really be able to understand.
Friday we wen't on exchanges with the Hermanas and I was able to go with Hermana Sanchez. She is absolutely amazing! She is going home in a week and a half so she is just full of so much knowledge and is working her hardest before she goes home. We were able to have some powerful lessons even while translating throughout. The Spirit truly does speak all languages.
The other day we get a call from the missionaries serving in the temple visitors center in Arizona. They told us that Betty was not a member, but her son was getting sealed in the temple and she came and felt the Spirit so strongly sitting in the entrance to the temple waiting for her son. They said her son told them that he has been working on her and she has finally decided to meet with us after that special experience in the temple. She lives in Charlottesville and gets back in town on Monday. We are so excited to go meet her!
Because of the powerful talk President Thomas S. Monson gave this last conference, our mission president has challenged each companionship to pass out 100 Book of Mormons in the month of June. Imagine... 10,000 Book of Mormons given out in Virginia! I am so grateful to be a part of this special work. As we flood Virginia with Book of Mormons, I challenge you give out a Book of Mormon to someone who needs it.
Because of the Book of Mormon we can know that Jesus is the Christ. The Book testifies of Christ by affirming the reality of His life, mission, and power. It teaches true doctrine concerning the Atonement- the foundation for the Plan of Salvation. I know with a surety that if you read the Book of Mormon it will change your life. No matter how many times you have read it, read it again. The Book of Mormon is true, and "man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."
I love this work, I love my Savior, and I love the Book of Mormon.
LOVE YOU ALL
- Sister Ruffner
Sister Buchmiller will not give up her shoes....
Half the mission with Elder Schwitzer of the Seventy and his wife
Hermana Sanchez and Yasmin