Monday, February 3, 2014

Week 34 of serving the Lord

It was such a WONDERFUL WEEK!!!
We started having more lessons at the church building, which always invites the Spirit so strongly! This week, we watched "Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration" with an investigator, and then afterwards the investigator received a priesthood blessing (because she's had a migraine for 2 weeks and even constant Imitrex dosages hasn't been helping her).
The Spirit was SO STRONG. Afterward we asked her to say the closing prayer and she was pretty hesitant. But Brother Dale (the member who gave her the blessing) told her to just speak from her heart to her Heavenly Father. She prayed so sincerely and it literally brought everyone to tears! It was an incredible experience that I will never forget.
She came to church this Sunday and said that since that day, her migraine has been gone and hasn't returned! Miracles happen all the time today! We are so grateful to be able to witness them so frequently!
Later, we had another lesson at the church with the family who hasn't come to church in over 20 years. It was their kids' first time in the church. Talk about POWERFUL. Afterwards, we watched the shorter Restoration video and had a discussion about the blessings of the gospel. We asked the family what questions they had for us.
Brother Hatfield, the dad, just paused and asked, "Why did you knock on our door?" We told them the truth - that we had been going through our ward directory and didn't recognize who the Hatfields were. We both felt the strong impression to stop by, and that's when we knocked on their door. Brother Hatfield responded and said, "That's interesting. I was just curious, because a couple months earlier, we had started talking about the possibility of going back to church. I guess sometimes you just need a little extra kick to get there."
It was so awesome to be able to be instruments in the Lord's hands for their family! We started expressing our love for their family, and telling them how grateful WE are that we got to meet them. All of a sudden, Sister Hatfield just started crying. She tearfully said, "My heart is just so full right now." It was a powerful moment. The Spirit was so present. The kids want to come to church and be baptized. Brenden, their 13 year old son, was crying as well. It was so precious. They are the greatest family!
The family came to church yesterday, and said they'll be back next week. Miracles! All is well in Holt, Michigan :)
Sorry I can't write more, but I just wanted to let you all know that I know without a doubt that any person who applies the teachings of this gospel into their life will become better for it. I can say that with absolute conviction. That is why I am a missionary. I know that as we live God's commandments, it will always bring an increase of happiness, and that's why we're here! Humans exist "that they might have joy"! I know that is true. I love you all.
<3 Sister Christiansen

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