Monday, August 24, 2015

Week 11

Miracles happened this week! Woohooo!!!!

1st miracle- Sister Kenworthy FINALLY got to see the Doctor on Friday. Good news! She has bronchitis! Bad news. Ain't nobody got time fo' dat! But all is well. She is on some antibiotics and will hopefully start feeling better within the next couple of days. :)

2nd miracle- While I was on a day exchange with another sister from Grand Junction, Sister Collins, here in Fruita, we were having THE WORST time! It was 100 degrees and we spent 2 hours knocking and completely striking out. No one was home, and our GPS wasn't working. We were struggling! So, I decided to drive out to a part of our area I had NEVER been to before and we found an investigator, D, we hadn't been able to get into contact with since the beginning of the transfer. Fun fact: she's a former Jehovah's Witness. Anyway, we had an AMAZING lesson about the Plan of Salvation and about the pre-mortal existence. It was so uplifting.

3rd miracle- at the end of the day that miracle #2 happened we went back to the one neighborhood we were striking out at. For a little illustration, I will explain this neighborhood (Comstock) as Sunland in Sequim basically. Really hard to find different streets, and some streets you can only get to by using other specific streets. I also remind you that our GPS is still not working! Anyway, we FINALLY find Hemlock where Sister Kenworthy and I had knocked into this kid from Washington a few weeks previously. He works for the oil fields up in Wyoming so it's REALLY hard to get into contact with him. So, this sister that I'm on exchanges with, and I get out of the car and this random friendly yellow lab comes running up to us. She's in front of the house we are parked in front of. Of course, the concerned dog lover that I am is thinking, "Hrrrmmm.... I wonder if your owner knows you're not inside." So we go knock on the door and this woman, M, answers and I told her I wanted to make sure her dog was safe. Long story short, all is well and we are able to strike up a conversation with M and how she is really looking for God, but her son has a spinal injury that has left him with special needs and he is very vocal to his surroundings so she avoided church because people usually stare at them. WELL, we talked about how loving Christ is and how we really try to be examples of Him and that her and her son are always welcome to come to our church any time. She really liked that idea so we asked her if she'd like to go on a church tour so that she could get familiar with the building. We have a return appointment and a church tour set up for this Wednesday! Woohoo!

4th miracle- After we finished with M, we went to A's house (the kid from Washington) and knocked. A woman answered and said she really wasn't interested. I asked if A still lived there and she said yes but that he was out of town. So Sister Collins and I were walking back to the car. As we are about to get in this pick up truck with WASHINGTON license plates pulls in! It's A! He get's out of the car and I yell "Hey, A! How are you?!". He's on the phone and was like "hold on---- (whoever he was talking to)" he puts his phone on mute and was like "How are you guys!?" I asked if he had had time to read the pamphlet we left him and he said he had read the whole thing and then added "Oh hey! Do you guys have one of those books? (The Book of Mormon)". I had already put my bag in the car but Sister Collins whips one out and says "heck yeah we do!" He took it and was really excited to start reading it!

Miracles 2-4 all happened on Wednesday! Sometimes Heavenly Father wants us to prove just how bad we want something and I'm so glad we kept going when it would have been SO easy for us to say, "that's it, we've been knocking for 2 hours. It's hot as Hades, we're sweating, sunburned, running low on water and we don't know where to go because our GPS isn't working, and we've been insanely unproductive this entire time!" But, we were diligent and kept pushing through.

Friday rolls around (the day we find out Sister Kenworthy has da bronchitis). We had a pretty full day but nothing too bad as she is still pretty fatigued. We are about to head into our apartment, its about 830, and this boy, J, who we had OYM-ed (Open Your Mouth) a few weeks previously comes up and was asking us questions. We taught him, his cousin, and his buddy the Plan of Salvation. We talked about the importance of prayer, church attendance and scripture study and both J, and his buddy asked if they could have a Book of Mormon before we could even offer it to them. We invited all three young men to be baptized on the 26th of September and they said yes!

After all of the problems we have been having here these last 4 weeks, we saw miracles that made the struggles all worth it. I love it here in Fruita and I hope I get to stay with Sister Kenworthy for another transfer or two. We have really grown to love one another and we are both really excited to start seeing great things happen here in our area.

I love the Lord and I love missionary work. I know that if we are diligent, the Lord will give us miracles and that there are miracles in our lives EVERY day. We just have to look for them. Heavenly Father loves us each so much, and he knows who each and every one of us are. He knows our struggles and our triumphs and He sent his Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth so that He would know how to succor us.

I love you all dearly and I hope you all look for the daily miracles that happen in your life!

Love, Sister Voss

Sister Kenworthy has re-purposed our treadmill that doesn't work.

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