Sister Denton's Marvelous Mission: 3/28/11- Letter to the World

Monday, March 28, 2011

3/28/11- Letter to the World

Hello World!

I'll highlight the best stuff because this is a LONG letter!

Wow!  This week was another week of miracles.  Heavenly Father truly blesses us when we do all we can!  I have a "Fabulous Things" calendar where I write something fabulous each day, but I've turned it into my "Miracle" calendar because they truly are happening every day!

Monday night we were tracting and this woman opened the door and let us right in!  She said she had some friends over and they were having a scriptural discussion and invited us to come sit in with them!  We had a captive audience of 6 as we taught a first lesson!  They asked wonderful questions and 4 of them wanted a Book of Mormon!  (The other 2 planned to share with their spouse).  It was such a neat experience to have people so open and willing to hear what we have to say!  We didn't get an exact return appointment, but they are open to us coming back.  The timing aspect is amazing, though.  After P-Day, we got home later than planned because our GPS died on the way back from the airport and Sis. Anderson and I didn't know how to get home! We made it and then had to use a map for the first time to plan how to get to a referral.  The referral wasn't home and we started tracting and that's when we found the Lins and Barrys.  The Barrys may not have been over had we been there earlier or later! 

Tuesday night we were tracting and met a bunch of potentials.  Tawna agreed to a baptismal date on the doorstep!  She missed our next appointment (church tour) and we haven't been able to get ahold of her since, but it is amazing to see how open people can be!!  She was really excited to hear that we have prophets and to read the Book of Mormon.  I really hope her family didn't tell her not to get involved!

We were able to do a lot of less active work, which was awesome.  I love teaching lessons that you just feel so good about afterward!  There is one family we teach that has some kids who are sometimes really hard to teach, but the lesson went great!  We also got to watch Prophet of the Restoration with a sister.  It was AWESOME.  That movie always is :D

We tried to see the Lins again, but they weren't home, so we went tracting and found Elmer!  He was SO open and even asked where church was!  He missed our next appointment (church tour), but we're going to try and get ahold of him again, too.  Again, timing was key.  We got him right before he left for work.  We also "open your mouthed" a woman who pulled in to drop her son off and she seemed really interested, too!  Timing is so important!  Heavenly Father lets us know where we need to be when!

We also had our second appointment with Josh and Elaine.  They are awesome.  They have SO much to work through, but it can be done.  They, too, missed their next appointment (church tour), but I think they just have a lot on their minds.  We're going to keep trying them, as well.  We're trying to work toward April 29 for baptism with them.

Another evidence of how much Heavenly Father is aware of his children.  We went to an appointment with Sis. Vance as our team-up and he wasn't home.  On the way back, she talked about an appointment she had the night before with the bishop.  Her new member husband had come with her and the bishop asked to speak with him first--for 30 minutes!!  Basically he asked the first few questions for baptism.  She asked if we could come in and talk to him.  We went in and we started chatting with him.  After a little while, Sis. Anderson read Alma 11:40 and he mentioned that the only thing that had kept him from baptism really was coffee, and he had just found out that it's not the caffiene, but the coffee, so since he can have Mountain Dew, he's fine giving up the coffee.  Then I read some of Mosiah 18 and his wife asked "What have ye against being baptized?"  He said, "Nothing...I have been."  And she said, "By the proper authority."  He agreed!  Because she's leaving Apr 9 for Hawaii for 3 months, they wanted to do it sooner rather than later.  We were discussing conference weekend and he said, "What about tomorrow?"  A few calls later, we had it approved and ready to go!  What a miracle for this family!  He's been involved with the church from the early 80s when his sister joined (who was in my last ward!!)  His sister had always told him he'd marry a mormon girl.  Just a couple of years ago, Bro and Sis Vance got married.  She said that on the first date, she mentioned being a "Good little mormon girl" and he was like "What?  No...oh no."  lol.  I absolutely love this family!

Bro Vance's baptism.  He didn't really want a program, so it was just a small gathering of family and missionaries.

That night we went and saw Sis. Russell again--the woman we found tracting--and she agreed to follow us to church on Sunday!

Yet another miracle.  We were tracting Barre Dr and the first 3 doors, no one even answered.  Then we saw a guy in the driveway of the first house waving us down.  We were a little hesitant to go there because he either wanted to talk to us or yell at us.  We went and he let us in and he (Anderson) and his wife (Lori) and us all sat on the floor and talked.  He had been wanting to read the Book of Mormon for years, and then we left a card for a free Book of Mormon on his door!  We were able to teach a lot of the 1st lesson and some of the second.  They were very open to listening.  They may come to the ward activity on Friday and hopefully a session of conference this weekend!  It's amazing that the Lord has truly prepared people!  We met another guy on that street we'll be teaching on Wednesday! (Michael)

The Lord truly blesses us when we give our all.  I've never tracted so much in my life, but it is SO rewarding!  We get to teach so many lessons and find so many who are willing to listen!

Kenneth Cope added a verse to the song "Because I Have Been Given Much" in one of his arrangments.  The lyrics go as follows (from it may be a little off)

Because of Thy life's mission Lord, I too must serve.
I'll leave the comfort of my home to teach they word.
I'll find Thy lambs who've gone astray.
And those who've never known the way.
I will make Thy work my work today.

I love that!  Being a misisonary is AWESOME.

Love ya!  Have a fabulous miracle-filled week!!

Sister Denton

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