This week has been wonderful! It has been a test of faith but so wonderful. Earlier this week, I was really struggling just keeping my faith strong enough in the Lord to know that things would pick up. Things have been slow, progressing forward but slow. We are in a great need of investigators but it seemed like maybe we weren't doing enough. That was definitely Satan and I tried not to let him in, but sometimes, I am weak. :) Friday morning, I was really struggling and just lost on what else we could do. I knew we could work harder but I didn't really have the faith to want to do that since nothing had been happening.
We received an amazing training from our Zone leaders about Hope and how we had been exercising our faith and working and now we needed to have hope that things would work out. The Gospel definition of Hope is sure, abiding and active. When I think of the word Hope, I just think of "I hope something will happen." But the Gospel version of Hope, allows us to really know that the things we Hope for will happen, If we do our part.
That training really helped me to put things in perspective. I was still struggling and just fighting with myself about things and the Zone leaders afterwards asked if we were doing okay and it was just a witness to me that Heavenly Father really does know that thoughts of our hearts and those tender mercies are what help us to recognize his hand in our lives. The Lord showed me he really does care and has an amazing amount of Trust in us to find those that he has prepared. AND!!!!!! Then MIRACLES happen...
Friday night we were teaching a less-active in her home and we were just getting ready to go over the Restoration and we hear a knock on her door. It happened to be her neighbor who came in, sat down and asked if she could join. Both of our jaws dropped and it kind of threw us off guard! We knew that the less-active had previously already asked her if she wanted to learn more and she had said no and we found out afterwards that the less-active had not seen her in about 2 months. We were able to teach her and leave a book of Mormon with her to read and she is really excited to read in it and we have a return appointment with her and the less-active later this week. It was amazing and most definitely a Miracle and tender mercy from the Lord. It hit me right after how much of a Miracle that was when we left and we knelt down and said a prayer of gratitude and just cried. It was amazing. I had never seen anything like it.
We also had a new investigator that came to Church on Sunday and she is amazing and just so ready. She seems to be searching for something and I think she is starting to recognize that she might have found it. We have also been praying for a family to teach and we think that she is the one. She has a beautiful family that is truly ready to receive the Gospel.
We also were able to find a lady who seems like she is going through a tough time right now and invited us in when we had just meet her and that threw us off guard. We weren't really sure what to do but we set a return appointment with her for this week as well. We found 3 new investigators in 3 days that seem really promising. The Lord really does know when to give out Miracles! It was just amazing and I have literally felt my faith and hope and trust increase! Sometimes that is the test of our faith. The Lord wants to see how much we truly trust in him and how much we are willing to follow him even when things are hard. If we have faith, it will be tested, and then the Miracles do come. I know that God is a God of Miracles and he is willing to grant those Miracles. We must just exercise our faith and hope in him. We truly can have a sure hope in Heavenly Father because of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He made everything possible for us. It doesn't matter what we go through, we can and will make it with the Help of the Savior. I bear witness of that. I have seen it so strongly in the last week. I know that the Savior lives and is there for each one of us. That Heavenly Father knows and hears our hearts whether we tell him in prayer or otherwise. And he is always there to stand by us even through those hard times. I am so grateful for the prayers and encouragement from family and friends. Your prayers are truly felt each day and especially through the hard times. I know that this is Christ's True Church once again restored on the Earth and that the Book of Mormon is true and is for us in this day and age to help us and guide us to find true happiness that only comes from following the Lord and his commandments. It is amazing to be a part of God's army and helping him find his lost sheep. I am so grateful for all that He has given me. I love you all so much and truly appreciate every prayer, thought and letter! Stay Strong! The Church is true! Sister Haws
P.S. Hey! Sounds like things worked out with the car well! Glad you have a safer car to drive. That other one made me nervous. haha. You are exactly right about the kind of music we listen to. One little thing is a big thing and can make the difference between our downfall. We see it all the time out here. Those little choices we make can make a huge difference and affect the rest of our lives. "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass." Alma 37:6 (I think) and it works both ways. I never realized that music had such a powerful effect on me till I came out here and only listen to wholesome music and then go into a restaurant that has awful music...and sometimes something that I used to listen to. Amazing how it works. We sure get immune to the trashy things that are sometimes in the music world out there. There is no where else I would rather be than here! It is the best! Love you Sister Haws