OK! Well I only have a few minutes left. Today we’re emailing from a different place that has timers on the computers and a lady yelling out numbers whose voice is reminiscent of the old receptionist in Monsters Inc.
This week we CRASHED! Figuratively. We have been pushing ourselves to the max, and it has been amazing, but we pretty much ran out of steam on Saturday. Sunday was great for recuperation though, especially getting to call home. (HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mothers!!!) But we learned from all of this that we need to pace ourselves, and work smart. The Lord is DEFINITELY hastening his work, but He did say to “let all these things be done in wisdom and in order, for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength” (Mosiah 4:27).
I truly feel like we are about to hit a breakthrough though. We had a companionship inventory this morning and discussed all of these things, and the Lord taught us together about the things that we need to do to be more wise. We are beginning to balance the work that we are doing throughout all of our key indicators, and are seeing incredible progress in a lot of areas.
I said that I would share a little bit more about member missionary work this week, but I wanted to wait because we had set that as our focus for this week. Last week we taught 5 lessons with members of the ward present, this week we taught 13, and as we did so, we experienced incredible things. When a member invites a friend into their home to visit with the missionaries, the non-member friend feels disarmed, they feel more comfortable, and they have someone there whom they already trust. This allows them to open their hearts a bit more to the things that the Spirit will communicate to them. That opening is key. The Spirit can carry things “unto the hearts” of men, but He can’t carry them into their hearts unless they are willing to hear it. I’m short on time, and there is so much more to this, but the point that I would like to share is that when members invite non-members, not only are the non-members and the missionaries blessed, but the Lord will uplift and edify and bless the member as well. I hope that each of you will continue to open your hearts to the promptings of the Spirit and look for ways to share the Gospel with those who are searching.
“For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it.”
The Lord knows where His sheep are. He knows who is ready. Pray for His guidance and He will tell you when to open your mouth.
The church is true. I love being a missionary.