This week, it's an awesome story.
Jordan is such a rock star! This week, we challenged him to pray
specifically about baptism. For a while, he has known that the Book of
Mormon is true and he has known that he wants to be a part of this
Church. But for some reason, he was apprehensive about baptism. He
wanted to feel 100% like this was what he wanted to do. He really
wanted to have the desire in him. So I asked if he had prayed about
baptism specifically, and he said he had not. I challenged him to do
so, and with much, much prayer on our part, amazing things happened!
Ever since Jordan embarked on this journey he has had signs given him
by the Lord. Small things will happen here and there that are really
only significant to him. For instance, he has in the past traveled to
the grocery store, not knowing why, and run into the missionaries
there. Or he has had an interesting dream on the same night as his
mom. Or he has gotten a fortune cookie with something relatable to our
faith. These are all small things that are easy to call coincidence,
but Jordan assigns significant meaning to each of these instances, and
Heavenly Father knows that. He prayed about baptism and minutes after
he finished his prayer, he was able to find his grandmother's Bible
that was given to him a long time ago, but that he had misplaced. When
he did find it, he received a text from us (we send him one every
morning to remind him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon), and
decided to read in the Bible. He flipped to the back, and there,
scrawled on the inside cover, were eleven scriptures - all about
baptism. He texted us right away telling us about this incredible
experience. He was so excited that he had gotten such a sure answer!
We had a powerful lesson with him on Friday about the gift of the Holy
Ghost and set a date yesterday for April 27th. I'm so excited for him!
Unfortunately, Farlan sort of dropped us this week. We just hadn't
seen him in a while, and he left us a voice-mail saying he wants to
"back off for a while". He said it was because of his wife's recent
death and his hectic schedule. It was a heart-breaker, but we're
definitely not going to give up on him.
We had interviews with President Wilson on Wednesday, and I took the
opportunity to tell him how I've been feeling like I'm not doing
enough. He gave me some great ideas for improving my personal study
time and for making better use of our proselyting time. So far, my
personal study time has been vastly improved and I get a lot more out
of it, and the proselyting is doing alright. We've been pretty busy
seeing less actives and recent converts. Here's the thing: I haven't
tracted once since I've been out here. It's said to be the least
effective form of proselyting, but I just feel like we're not doing
enough finding. We do find a good amount of our investigators through
members, but I just donno.
I'm still feeling healthy, so that's good.
It's super awesome that you're going the gym regularly. It really is a
good feeling. And on top of that, you're making friends! Keep it up! I
do appreciate your letters and I don't typically have time to respond,
but I like staying up to date that way.
I'm glad that they've found a lead on Seth. I'm still praying for him
every night. I hope the sodium is all it takes.
I love you all! Stay yourselves on the the Rock of our Redeemer and
you will never fail. I have learned this week absolutely, that I have
to rely on the Lord to work miracles for our investigators. I can't do
it. I can only pray earnestly and fervently on behalf of them, and He
has to do the hard work. And every time I've prayed for Jordan, the
Lord has delivered it's amazing to me! I'm still bewildered by the way
this week has gone.