Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Faith to Find

This week has been an incredible week of finding people that the Lord has prepared to receive our message.  Our finding experiences weren't anything out of the ordinary; a man sitting outside of his home on a street that I had passed by almost everyday for a month and felt like I had already talked to everyone on that street, but felt the prompting to stop and talk to him - now he and his wife are seriously investigating the church; a woman passing by on the street that appeared to be someone that would just argue with us or be rude, but I felt the need to stop her and invite her to our English class -- now she is attending our English class and shared with us that she doesn't have a religion; another woman on a bicycle waiting for her son to come out of the school, and the prompting to stop and talk to her even though we were on our way to an appointment -- later we found out that she had received a Book of Mormon many years ago (7-8) and occasionally reads it; a man with a tatoo and earring sitting on the curb -- told us that he had participated a lot in the Church (and had two Books of Mormon in his home), but was never baptized; these simple experiences, and many others are a testimony to me that Heavenly Father knows His children, and He knows when they are ready to receive the Gospel.  We just need to have the faith that we will be led to these people and be given what we need to say.  

Another thought that I had this week was about the power of prayer.  In 2 Nephi 32, there is a verse that says that the Devil teaches a man that he must not pray.  As I have talked with various people on the streets, I am amazed at some of their responses.  When we tell them that they need to pray and ask God if our message is true, they tell us that it is more important to read the Bible and trust in 'the word' and that prayer is not important.  Truly, the Devil teaches a man that he must not pray, and I can see it happening first hand!  We are children of an all-knowing and all-powerful God, and He wants to hear from us!  

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