Monday, May 3, 2010
32nd week in Spokane
The Lord definitely has a hand in this work, because it is His work. We have had such a good last few weeks. When I first got to this area the teaching pool consisted of only about five people. We have spent more time tracting than in any other area where I have served. Because of it we have been able to increase our teaching pool to over 30! We have been working extremely hard, hitting our pillows at night exhausted. We were able to find 15 new people this week that want to be taught about this Gospel! I can't possibly tell you about all of them but I do want to tell you about one. His name is Isaac. Isaac is one of those golden investigators that the Lord leads to the missionaries, instead of leading the missionaries to him... Isaac some how got hold of a Book of Mormon and began to read it. In doing so he wanted to check out the church service so he went over to the other building in Wenatchee and went for two weeks over there and the missionaries there got his information, found that he lives in our area, and sent us to go visit him. When we got to Isaac the next day we were able to sit down with him and teach him about the restoration. He understood and took everything in very well. When we started talking about the Book of Mormon he said that he already has one and that he was to about page 300! So we shared with him Moroni's promise that any who reads, ponders, and prays about the Book would receive a testimony that it is true. Then we shared with him a scripture in the Book of Mormon about baptism. We then invited him to be baptized and he accepted! He will be baptized may 16! We met with him a total of three times and taught him the plan of salvation and the gospel. then he came to church yesterday. He is soaking it all in and loving it! Isaac is married and has a four year old daughter. he got married to his wife about seven years ago in Wenatchee, unfortunately she is from Mexico and not legal. They decided that they wanted to do things the right way so tried starting the process of her becoming legal. That caused her to be deported and he is still fighting the battle to get her back in the US with him. He says that in a large way he is doing this very much for his family and not for him. I know that the Lord will bless him for making the decision and commitment to follow Christ for the rest of his life by being baptized. I know that the Lord will provide a way for his family to be reunited in the near future. This is the Lord's work, there's no question. Its such a blessing to be an instrument in His hands and be able to watch as He takes over and touches the lives of His children.