So this week was awesome. We saw some amazing miracles. We did a lot of finding and tracting. We tract in a trailer park on Gardere. We were able to teach a couple of people the restoration but sadly they didn't want us to come back; however, we saw the lord provide us with miracles as we contacted some people. We contacted a guy named Amos. We were able to teach him the restoration. He said he wanted to learn more about the book of Mormon so we set up a return appointment with him. We also taught Hector about the Restoration also. It was really awesome because he had questions about why there are so many translations of the bible while we talked about the apostasy. It was so perfect to be able to share the experience of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He was so thrilled to learn about he Book of Mormon especially that it was kept in its purity. We also scheduled a follow up appointment with him to discuss more of the Book of Mormon.
We also had a couple of follow-up appointments with our new investigators from last week. We visited with Noel and Luis and shared the Book of Mormon Lesson. They really enjoyed it. When they read the introduction they had a lot of questions about the tower of Babel. When we read Moroni's promise they shared experiences when they had felt the Holy Ghost. We testified to them that they would feel that same feeling while reading the book of mormon. We also had a follow-up appointment with Raphael. He had a lot of questions on the Priesthood and how Joseph Smith used it while he was prophet. It gave us the opportunity to talk about Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon.
We also had a lesson with out progressing Investigators Juan and Carla. We discussed a little bit about the Plan of Salvation. They had questions on families especially about if homosexual marriages were allowed in the church. We told them No and they agreed and it gave us the perfect opportunity to talk about the Proclamation to the World. We didn't have copies with us but we told them we would bring pamphlets with us next time. They were really excited to receive a copy of the Proclamation.
We did this crazy service project for Veterans day and the African American Museum. We helped them with a remembrance thing for African American Veterans. We did this march with them under the Interstate of all places. I am not going to lie. I was biting my lip to not laugh. Lets just say that one of the speakers said and I quote "Freedom is when you are the son of an immigrant and have a mother of a different race and are elected the first african american president..." 😕..... WOW!!!!!!! In the museum there was a huge Obama shrine..... OH MY!!!!
We got to help out at a food bank which was fun. We also taught English class. Do we notice the little things in Life? One of my favorite hymns is "For the Beauty of The Earth." As with Borghild. Do we reconize the beautiful things in this world, or do we take them for granted, May we continue to give thanks to God for the little things in Life. For this beautiful world. For the trees, the flowers, the sunrise. Do we have a lot to be grateful for.
One of my favorite talks of President Monson is Finding Joy in the Journey and The Divine Gift of Gratitude. One of my favorite stories in Finding Joy in the Journey is the story of Borghild Dahl. She was born in Minnesota in 1890 of Norwegian parents and from her early years suffered severely impaired vision. She had a tremendous desire to participate in everyday life despite her handicap and,through sheer determination, succeeded in nearly everything she undertook. Against the advice of educators, who felt her handicap was too great, she attended college, receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota. She later studied at Columbia University and the University of Oslo. She eventually became the principal of eight schools in western Minnesota and North Dakota.
She wrote the following in one of the 17 books she authored: “I had ony one eye, and it was so covered with dense scars that I had to do all my seeing throughone small opening in the left of the eye. I could see abook only by holding it up close to my face and bystraining my one eye as hard as I could to the left.” 7
Miraculously, in 1943—when she was over 50 years old—a revolutionary procedure was developed which finally restored to her much of the sight she had been without for so long. A new and exciting world opened up before her. She took great pleasure in the small things most of us take for granted, such as watching a bird in flight, noticing the light reflected in the bubbles of her dishwater, or observing the phases of the moon each night. She closed one of her books with these words: “Dear … Father in heaven, I thank Thee. I thank Thee.” 8
Borghild Dahl, both before and after her sight was restored, was filled with gratitude for her blessings.
In 1982, two years before she died, at the age of 92 her last book was published. Its title: Happy All My Life. Her attitude of thankfulness enabled her to appreciate her blessings and to live a full and rich life despite her challenges.
In 1 Thessalonians in the New Testament, chapter 5,verse 18, we are told by the Apostle Paul, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God.”
Do we notice the little things in Life? One of my favorite hymns is "For the Beauty of The Earth." As with Borghild. Do we reconize the beautiful things in this world, or do we take them for granted, May we continue to give thanks to God for the little things in Life. For this beautiful world. For the trees, the flowers, the sunrise. Don't we have a lot to be grateful for?
I love you and miss yall. I will still be emailing next monday because they moved transfers to Tuesday because of Thanksgiving. Love yall so much stay safe make good choices!!!!