Monday, June 3, 2013

Tornado Shelter in the Backyard is a Good Thing :D

It has been a week FULL of miracles. I do not know where to start. I was so excited to write you yesterday and tell y'all about what has been happening. First off... I am thankful for my safety and for the safety of all the missionaries in the mission. Stillwater usually doesn't get much... but Friday evening we got put on tornado watch and then it went to a tornado warning. President Taylor told all missionaries in the mission to get to their underground shelters. That was the first time I got to use a tornado shelter for reals. We were only in there for about 20 minutes. Nothing touched down in Stillwater. I'm sure you know a lot more than I do about what has been going on in the weather. I want to assure you that we are safe though and when the next wave of storms come we will be safe. :) Here is a video clip of what has been going on with the tornado clean up. I'm not in it... but missionaries I know are. They interview Elder Fee. He is the AP and we were in the MTC at the same time. 

We got to teach our amazing investigator, Sister H, three times this week. SHE IS SO READY FOR THE GOSPEL! We finished teaching the plan of salvation and when we asked when we could come back she said "tomorrow". So many miracles have happened with Sister H and with the members we have taken to teach her with us. The other day we invited her to be baptized after teaching about baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. We taught her the difference between the power of the Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost. You could see that when we described it to her it made so much sense. When we told her that the power of the Holy Ghost comes in and out. She said that is how she feels. When we described the Gift of the Holy Ghost she got really excited.

Picture of clean up in Carney, OK on 5-25-2013
She didn't say yes when we invited her... she asked a question about the priesthood. She told us it made sense. Then in her prayer at the end she prayed that she would be able to get baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. :D I wish you could meet this woman. She is so sweet. She has been through a lot, but has AMAZING faith in Christ. She told us she feels hungry for the things we have to teach her. Over and over she has told us that she wants to be humble and learn about all these things. Last fast Sunday Sister Loveland fasted and prayed that we would find those who are PREPARED and who are ready to get baptized.

Well... Sister H has been an answer to that prayer! Sister H told us how thankful she was that we came back (she's been taught by missionaries before) and how much of a burden has been lifted from her as we taught her the Plan of Salvation. We have told her how much we love her and how much of an answer to our prayers she is.

Another miracle that happened this week is actually kind of funny. We were preparing to go to a lesson with our investigator from mainland China. She has been taught EVERYTHING multiple times. She has such a desire to know if all of this is true. I've been teaching her for 6 months and don't really know what to do anymore. We feel like we should keep working with her and just helping her recognize the hand of God in her life.

Now we are reading the Book of Mormon with her. We are in 2 Nephi 12... an Isaiah chapter. I was telling Sister Loveland (I regret it now...but the Spirit taught me a good lesson.) that we should just skip the Isaiah chapters because the person we're teaching wouldn't understand and I barely understand it. I won't be able to answer all the questions she had. Sister Loveland (being the awesome missionary she is) told me that even though the Isaiah chapters are hard to understand they are in the Book of Mormon for a reason.

Playing in the rain (don't worry... there was
no severe weather warnings when this picture was taken)
So... we went into the lesson praying that we'd be able to answer her questions. We read 2 Nephi 12 and the Spirit was very strong! We got to a verse 10 which says, "O ye wicked ones, enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for the fear of the Lord and the glory of his majesty shall smite thee." Our investigator just started laughing because the verse reminded her of a parent getting after their child. (I must admit, her enthusiasm about the verse surprised me.) After we finished the chapter she told us that the verse made her feel like God was more human than she had felt before. (She wasn't trying to demean God, but to say he seemed more personable than He had before.) She told us that as she read that chapter she really felt that God was close to her. WOW! That was definitely the Spirit working with her! :D Lesson I learned: Everything in the Book of Mormon is there for a reason, even the Isaiah chapters. :)

On Saturday the whole mission went down to Moore to do tornado clean up. Before that Elder Rasband of the 70 came and spoke to us. It was very powerful. He told us that President Monson wanted us to know three things. 1- He loves us 2- He is Praying for us 3- He thanks us for our service over the past couple weeks. It was very inspiring and very touching!

Us and our wonderful ward missionary who came looking
for a family with us. We ended up not being able to find
the address. so we just took a picture.
Yesterday we tried to go find an inactive family. We had an address and vague directions, but they were not on the map. We took one of our members out with us. Well... we never found the address. We just ended up in the middle of nowhere, OK. It was very pretty.... just nothing there. So what do we do... we took a picture of course. :) The member we had with us was a trooper!

On June 23 2013 there is going to be a worldwide training by Elder Andersen. Elder Andersen sent a film crew to our mission to film a couple missionaries and the work they did in the Edmond 3rd ward in the Stillwater stake. They filmed Elder Byrd and Elder Cutler. Elder Cutler is my current Zone Leader. Elder Andersen was impressed with all the work done in this ward over the last couple years to turn it from a non baptizing area to a baptizing area. It is kind of cool. :)

I love you! Have a great week! I will talk to you next week.
Love, Sister Record

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