We found 2 amazing part-member families this week who have both recently moved in.
The first one is Sam. He is from Liberia and his wife Sophie and 2 kids were baptized about a year ago in the Des Moines ward(right next to Easter Lake where I was serving). Sam was living in Massachusetts at the time but last week they all moved together to Cedar Rapids. Sophie saw the sister missionaries walking down the street and told them to come over to her house, but their address was in our area so we got to go over. We got there and introduced ourselves and Sophie said "My husband needs missionaries to teach him so he can be baptized." 2 days later he came to stake conference, listened to Elder Martino and loved it and is getting baptized April 16th!
Then Mandy. Her family recently moved here from Kansas. Her husband is a member and she was taking lessons in Kansas and was about to be baptized, but the missionaries got white washed out and the new missionaries never came out to their house in the middle of nowhere. But as soon as they got to CR they found the church, went on Sunday, ran into the Sisters and set up an appointment, but once again in our area :) So we went over and the first thing she said when we walked in is; "can you guys help me be baptized."
So probably the 2 biggest miracle investigators of my entire mission, both on the same day. God is blessing us so much. I'm so excited for both of them to complete their families in the gospel.
On Friday we had Zone Training meeting and President and Sister Jensen came. After that we had the opportunity to drive down to Nauvoo and clean the temple, which is one of the most spiritual experiences ever. If you ever get assigned to clean the temple DO IT.
We cleaned the spiral staircase, got down under the baptismal font and dusted off the oxen, then got to go up 5 more sets of spiral staircases to the very top of the bell tower, right to the base of angel Moroni.
Now I'm not the biggest fan of cleaning, but just as always in the temple, the entire time was extremely peaceful and serene. I had a lot of time to ponder as I carefully cleaned every step up to the top floor of the temple. I said many prayers along the way and had one of the most amazing conversations with Heavenly Father that I've ever experienced through prayer. I felt extremely grateful for the opportunity that I had to clean His house, to tend that tiny part of the vineyard. I can bear sure and firm testimony that our Father guides us and gives us answers to the questions of our soul when we are in His service.
Master, where shall I work today?
My love flowed warm and free.
He pointed out a tiny spot
And said, tend that for me.
I answered quickly, oh no, not there,
Not any one could see
No matter how well my work was done;
Not that little spot for me.
When He spoke He was not stern,
But He answered me tenderly,
Little one, search that heart of thine;
Are you working for them or for me?
Nazareth was just a little place.
And so was Galilee.