This week has been one of those weeks that I have been able to see the Lord's hand SO much in the work, it has been amazing!
Example A: On Wednesday we were going to stop by a guy who we set up an appointment with but as we knocked on his door. No answer. Then we heard a lady saying he's not there he went out for the day. We looked around and saw Alie 2 doors down. So we walked over and started talking to her and she told us to pull up a chair. We ended up talking to her for about an hour and teaching her a ton!
She had been to her church that Sunday and decided she didn't like what the preacher was teaching, so her and her husband had decided the morning that we met her that they were going to go "church shopping" for a new church. A church that would: Have the sacrament every week, not just have a preacher get up and talk, and did a lot of community service. Check. Check. And Check.
It was amazing she was so prepared an such a great lady. She sews and crochets things for kids with cancer all day long and her whole life and outlook on life is just service oriented! Another cool thing that happened with her was as we were leaving she asked us if we knew anyone who needed a table and chairs. She had a 6 person table and it was only her and her husband so they wanted to get rid of it. We told her we didn't know anyone but we'd keep our ears open. VERY NEXT lesson we went to was with a recently baptized family in our ward from Liberia. We've been over there every week since I've been here but randomly this week when we asked them if there was anything we could do for them they said "Do you know anyone that has a table they aren't using?" SO COOL! We called up bishop, got a truck and got the table from Alie's to Leo's that same night. God puts us where we need to be.
Example B: Prayer is real. This morning when we were playing Disc Golf. My new found sport. I lost my brand new disc that I just bought this morning at Walmart in the trees because I am not the best at aiming the thing yet. We looked around forever and couldn't find it. We stopped and said a prayer. Not 3 seconds after saying amen, Elder Petersen found it.
Silly example, but one thing I have learned out here is that Heavenly Father really does care about every aspect of our lives, not just "churchy" stuff. We can ask him for help in any part of our lives, school, work, health, missionary work, sports, friends, finding a lost Frisbee. Anything! Heavenly Father is there to help lead and guide us. We just need to have faith and ask him, and listen to the spiritual promptings that we receive and he is waiting to pour out his blessings upon us.
I love you all. Stay on that straight and narrow path. And if you find yourself lost in the trees right now. Pray and ask Heavenly Father to help you and He will direct your path. He will help you find those truths that you may have lost.
Love Elder Cox
PS Mom, That's funny that fasting is your thought for this week because that has been my thought for a lot of this past week as well. Last week in Elder's Quorum we went over that very talk you quoted by Pres. Eyring, then we taught our 2 most progressing investigators, Eunice and her kids, and Kory and Kayla, the Tithing/fast offering lesson this week. As we talked with Kory about the power of fasting and all that it does, spiritually as well as blessing the lives of others temporally with our fast offerings, we decided that tomorrow we are going to fast for him and his girlfriend Kayla to be able to make the decision to get married and be able to set a new baptismal date with them.
I love you and I love your thoughts every week. They always leave me feeling so motivated to go out and keep helping people learn of these things and be able to feel the spiritual power that I feel come from them.
Love Elder Cox