Tender Mercies

23 Feb


Well, winter is back in full force! Hopefully this stint will be the last blast. I’ll just jump right in and start telling you about my week! Personal study time on the mission has been one of my favorite things about the mission. This week in particular was very enlightening. I have been studying recently about the absolute necessity of the learning the Plan of Salvation. In Alma 12:32, we learn that God gave unto Adam and Eve the commandments AFTER having made known unto them the plan of redemption. The plan of salvation provides the why for not only the commandments, but also for our lives. One of my all time favorite quotes is this: “Just as a man does not really desire food until he is hungry, so he does not desire the salvation of Christ until he knows why he needs Christ. No one adequately and properly knows why he needs Christ until he understands and accepts the doctrine of the Fall and its effect upon all mankind.” (Ezra Taft Benson)

Our week was an interesting one- I wish I had kept count of all of the appointments that cancelled on us, but it’s probably a good thing that I didn’t because it would have been a depressingly high number. As I jokingly complained about it to our district leader, he gave me some wise counsel: “Sometimes we have to have bad weeks so that we can truly appreciate the good ones”. Even amidst our struggles this week, our week was still highlighted by some wonderful tender mercies of the Lord.

Tender Mercy #1
We did a lot of tracting this week, and we had some interesting experiences, as we tend to have when knocking on strangers doors, haha. The funny doors are almost a tender mercy in and of themselves! But among the strange and funny experiences, we do get some really uplifting ones. When we went out on Wednesday, we prayed specifically about where we should go. The first few doors were empty, but the very first one that opened to us was an awesome guy named Eric, and he was very interested in learning! He and his wife had lost their son a couple of years ago, and we were able to testify to him that he would see his son again. He asked if he could give us his contact information… Yes of course! We are teaching him again tomorrow. 🙂

Tender Mercy #2
We had our recent convert Karen come out teaching with us this week for the first time! She was absolutely perfect for our investigator Adrianna. Adrianna is making a ton of progress, and it’s really exciting to see her starting to move forward again. Karen also taught Gospel Principles again on Sunday, and she did such a good job. Bishop Blair leaned over to me after class and said something to the extent of, “your experience teaching her and helping her be baptized will be an experience that you draw upon for the rest of your life”. I couldn’t agree more.

Tender Mercy #3
Another tracting experience… On Friday night, it was just not the night to be out trying to find people to teach, because no one wanted anything to do with us for some reason. After quite a few discouraging doors back to back, and starting to feel the sentiment of “our hearts being depressed and about to turn back” (Alma 26:27), we still kept the faith that there was some one that we were supposed to meet. When we knocked the last door (isn’t it always the last door??) the older lady who answered immediately said “come in!” without a moments hesitation! (We were a little hesitant though because we were so surprised, haha.) The miracle part of this story comes in here: so about two months ago, we helped a lady carry in her groceries… and it was this lady! We had a great visit with her, and she was so kind. Service softens hearts!

This week solidified in my heart the principle of “the Lord will provide”. Because really, it wasn’t that bad of a week, because the Lord had a purpose and plan and we were still able to meet many of our goals, just not in the way that we had planned to reach them. But it worked out how the Lord wanted it, so that’s the best thing of course.

I hope that you will each seek those tender mercies, those “love notes from God”, this week and always. Because I know that they are there, and that they are real!


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