I truly believe that miracles happen everyday in the life of each and everyone of us. So it is not a matter of whether they happen in our lives but in our ability to recognize them or better yet, whether it be God's will to reveal them to us. In this week of miracles, we were blessed enough to be a part of and recognize many miracles. These past few days I have felt the Lord's guiding hand direct us in many ways.
I know one reason for this wonderful blessing is that a great missionary is finishing his mission and the Lord blesses great missionaries. I'm just along for the ride ;) Elder Turnbull has been an amazing companion. He is one of those people that is so good he is always worried if he's doing things right. Sometimes I just want to grab him, shake him, and tell him STOP! because he has one of the most purest hearts I've seen. He has helped me in so many ways and I have appreciated every moment being with him. I'll definitely miss my half Japanese brother and someday I will travel by mooseback to the Great White North to find him.
We have also had some great experiences after sharing the Light the World project with basically everyone. One experience in particular deeply touched my heart. This week we taught a man that was born and raised in Chicago. He remembers the missionaries from his childhood and has always like the church. He explained that he began getting into some heavy stuff as a teenager and actually spent most of his teen's and 20's in jail. He has had a very hard life full of very difficult experiences. Having a new, powerful resolve to bring himself closer to God he accepted a lesson from us. It was the first time I taught an entire lesson in English and surprisingly harder than I thought. However, this lesson was incredibly powerful. Near the end we showed the Light the World video and after having watched it he told us it made him want to cry. In that moment I felt the spirit so undeniably come upon us. This man has had a life full of devastation and heartbreak and then explains to us that he has always wanted to do good. He knows God wants him to do good, too. And we assured him that is exactly what he will be able to do. Through this wonderful message this man was able to feel the Spirit of God and unlock a beautiful piece of him that has always been there. Service and Christ-like love will always unlock our true potential. Make sure you are unlocking yours and start with 25 ways throughout 25 days. ( mormon.org )
We finished this wonderful week by climbing the to the top of the mountain in our area as a zone. We set out very early in the morning and made it just in time to watch the sun rise past the volcanoes. It was a miraculously clear day and we were able to see our entire mission perfectly. After taking thousands of photos of the scene (that can never really do it justice) we ate and had our zone meeting there. We called it our 'Sermon on the Mount.' We focused on Christ-like attributes by reading Christ's words from Matthew chapter 5 then sharing specific experiences relating to each attribute. It made for a wonderfully spiritual meeting and a great ending to an amazing cycle.
I have been just filled with so much love and gratitude lately IT'S MAKING ME CRAZY! But it feels amazing...
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