This weeks miracle was found in a part member family. The mother is inactive and the father is Protestant. They have eight kids and they started to take the lessons, to learn more about the church. They have a newborn in their home, so there is already a special spirit when we arrive. The miracle is that their hearts are soft and they are open to hearing the message of the gospel. We are so excited to help this family, to see what happens in the coming weeks.
I am grateful for the small miracles and tender mercies of everyday. They give us the strength and hope to go on, to keep trying to spread the good news of the gospel, that families can be together forever.
We lost some investigators with a lot of potential this week too because members of their family are against the missionaries. That was hard.
BUT! I am grateful for those people we contacted this week who have been brave and used their agency to start the following the lessons. It takes a lot of courage to do that. And it's always exciting to see what happens... to see if they'll take the plunge into the gospel.
In a recent Ensign article it shared a quote about pioneer sisters crossing the plains. "They found spiritual strength in each other's love and compassion... As they suffered trials of illness and death, they prayed in faith for each other and comforted each other. The love of God flowed from heart to heart till the wicked one seemed powerless in his efforts to get between us and the Lord, and his cruel darts, in some instances, were shorn of their sting."
We have sisters from America, Austrailia, France, and Tahiti, but despite these cultural backgrounds, there is a bond of strength and love. I'm grateful to have felt that bond more profoundly this week as we comforted each other in trials and delighted in success and the good choices of others.