So this week has been interesting. I have been sick with the plague all week which somewhat hindered the work and slowed us down, but we have been blessed with so many miracles this week.
First miracle story came with a lady named Debra. So we trying to chase down this guy who we had a prompting to talk to so we were speed walking down the street when I looked up on the porch of the house we were passing and there was a sad looking woman sitting on the porch rolling a cigarette. I said hi how are you doing and as soon as she responded "alright" I got punched in the face with a spiritual wall and stopped in my tracks. I asked her if we could come up and talk to her. She told us about the terrible situation she was in: broke, being abused, struggling with addiction, having suicidal thoughts, and if she didn't pay off some fines/bills by tomorrow she was going to prison. We shared my favorite scripture about the Atonement: Alma 7:11-13. Just as we finished her ride pulled up and she told us she had to go, but said thank you for the thought.
I didn't think too much of it until that night at about 10 me and Elder Baxter were just in the kitchen eating when we get a call from an unknown number. It was Debra and she was calling to thank us for the light we brought into her life that day. She told us she was so grateful we stopped and that she KNEW that what we shared with her was pure truth from God and that we were the messengers he had sent her that day. It was the most rewarding feeling I've ever felt to have someone thank us so sincerely for bringing the power of Christ into their lives. You will be hearing more about Debra.
I also just want everyone to know how much I love my mom. When I had to go to the hospital on Friday the first thing the nurse said was "I talked to your mom earlier today she told us you'd be coming" It brought a huge smile to my face and for the next hour the nurse got to hear all about Momma Cox and how awesome she is and how me and my mom came to have such an amazing relationship. The legendary love of Momma Cox is being spread in Missouri
This week through all of the rejection I have felt like Alma:"O That I were an angel and could have the wish of my heart that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth... Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder"
I wish I could speak with the voice of thunder, but I am so grateful for the power which I am given to declare repentance.
Last night after Elder Baxter and I came in for the night completely exhausted and lay on the couch and floor, we randomly started talking about how there is nowhere else we would rather be right now. Not at college, not on a beach, not back at home. Laying here on the floor of our apartment sweaty and tired was the happiest place on Earth. I love being on a mission, I love Missouri, and I love Jesus Christ.
And I love you all
Love Elder Cox