Monday, February 9, 2015

Miracle meetings

This week despite only having 2.5 full proselyting days due to several meetings and traveling down to Taibei, we were able to see our investigator pool expand quite a bit through some great miracles and people placed in our path. 

Last Sunday as we were standing at the door waiting to contact someone who was referred to us by a member of the ward, we noticed a lady walking by on the street and said hi to her. She asked us (in English) if we needed any help, and we said we were just looking for a friend. She was really friendly and cute, and we struck up a conversation with her about why her English was so good. We ended up inviting her to English class, and getting her phone number before she walked away. On Wednesday she showed up at English class, and we were so excited when she marked 'yes' to the part on the English form about having interest in coming to church and 'yes' to the part about being willing to meet with missionaries! We stopped her on her way out after class and she said she would be coming to church on Sun! On Saturday, we called her and set her up to do a tour beforehand. During the tour we asked about her religious background, and she said, "I am a naughty Christian", which, she explained, means that she hasn't been very active in coming to church since becoming christian at age 16 (she's now 37). She LOVED church and all the members were super sweet to her. When we gave her a Book of Mormon, she said, "oh, do I just bring this with me every week to church?" Yes! Her name is W and we already love her so much!

The next miracle new investigator is J. I had a feeling several times last week that we needed to go to a particular street to try to find people, so we planned an evening to go there. We were knocking doors one evening, and J had just gotten home from work and got out of his car. We said hello and invited him to english class, which then led to a discussion about what we were doing here. Turns out that his dad is christian, and he is sort of christian but not really active. He has a great relationship with his family, and is just a really good guy. Near the end of our discussion, we asked if we could pray with him, and he accepted. Then we asked if we could set up a time to share more with him and he said, "of course! you seem like such great people and we've had a great discussion." A few days later we went back and shared a brief message with him and got to know him. He said to us, "I wish my daughters could meet you!" Yep, so do we! :D At the end we had a kneeling prayer, and he said a very sincere prayer. 
We're really excited for him! 

As far as our two favorite security guard investigators, H and Z, they are both coming along slowly but surely. I love H- we decided that if he were american, he would be the nice grandpa-esque guy in New York who sells hotdogs at a hotdog stand. Super cute. 

L is getting baptized this Sunday! He is so great- probably has more gospel knowledge than I do at this point! He is 4 chapters away from finishing the Book of Mormon and loves reading conference issues of the Liahona (the church's international magazine) and thought it was really funny when we committed him to obey and honor the law. 
We are a little worried about M- she didn't come to church the past two weeks. We had a good lesson with her this week in which we reviewed the Baptismal Interview Questions and were able to figure out exactly where she is and what she needs help with and the areas where her testimony is weak. Pray for her that she doesn't give up on herself. 

 God lives. He is my Father. Christ lives. He is my Savior. Joseph Smith's account is exactly true. I don't know everything, but I know enough.

-Alma 5:48 "I say unto you, that I know of myself that whatsoever I shall say unto you, concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world, yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name."

It's true. 

Love you all!
S. Murri

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