On Friday, my companion and I planned an activity with our branch. We taught everyone how to make cookies, and taught them how every member has an important responsibility in the Branch and that we need every single one of them; just like we need every single ingredient to make a delicious chocolate chip cookie! I didn't know how our activity was going to turn out, but I should have known that an activity with cookies would be well attended! We had lots of members, a couple less actives, and three investigators! As my companion and I stood up in the front making the cookies, I felt like I was on a Paula Dean cooking show, and I wanted to say, "Welcome to another day of cooking with the Sisters!!" heehee
It is truly amazing to see how the Lord is blessing this work in Sousa. Sister East and I have been trying to teach more simply and more powerfully over the space of 2 1/2 transfers in Sousa. We both had the strong impression, that if we could get our investigators to understand the reality of the great apostasy and the importance of the Book of Mormon in receiving an answer, that we would have more success with our investigators! Well, it is working!! Right now, we are teaching a terrific family whose sons, 11 and 14, began coming to church first. The 14 year old always rides his bike to church, and the 11 year old buys a bus ticket a week in advance to go to church. When we began to teach the family, the father said that it was very likely that they would move soon to a city that doesn't have a church. However, the next week, he told us that he had been praying to receive a job here in Sousa, and his prayer had been answered!! He told us that it was like he had received a 'light' in his life, opening up the way that he should go! Another investigator who has been investigating the church for some time now, but never accepted baptism, finally read a part in the Book of Mormon and prayed about it!! She described her answer as a feeling of pure joy and she had the desire to cry with happiness! It is truly incredible to watch as the spirit of the Lord works in the lives of these people! I know that this Gospel is true! All we need to do is 'experiment upon the word', open our hearts and minds, and follow the promptings that we receive. Sometimes, the promptings are very subtle, but they are always clear. For example, one day, we were making contacts in the street and nothing was going right. All of a sudden, I had the distinct thought come to my mind, "You are in the wrong place." My companion and I moved to a different neighborhood, and within 30 minutes we had made 3 great contacts, one of them being with a family!!! The spirit is guiding our lives in every aspect. If we have the faith and courage to follow, we will witness miracles, and we will have the confidence that we are doing the Lord's will!!