Monday, April 14, 2014

Small and Simple Things

Sisters Rogers and Dixon on exchanges

April 7, 2014

Hello family!!!

Wow I can't believe it's Monday again.  The weeks are seriously flying by scary fast.  But we had such a good week and I feel so blessed today.  I absolutely LOVED conference as I am sure everyone else did as well.  How lucky we are to have a prophet and apostles on the earth today who lead and guide us.  One talk that stuck out to me in particular was President Uchtdorf's talk about gratitude.  It's been on my mind lately and it fits in perfectly with what I wanted to write about this week.  Sister Hyde and I have been focusing on the ability to recognize the tender mercies of the Lord.  We have been doing everything we can to purify ourselves of any disobedience and unrighteousness in order to increase our spiritual sensitivity...and it's been truly miraculous.  We have experienced small and simple miracles daily that have made this week special...sacred, even.

My mind kept reflecting on Alma 37:6-7
Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.

It really has been a week of experiencing the small and simple means the Lord uses to bring to pass salvation.  This week, more than ever, I have noticed how Heavenly Father has a hand in every aspect of this work.  When we really, truly, trust and love Him, faith produces the most beautiful results.

Here are some of the small and simple things we saw this week:
--We experienced a miracle with an investigator named Chris.  Sister Richardson and Sister Smith started teaching Chris last November or so.  He started progressing really well but then decided he didn't want to come to church anymore so he could go to his old church again.  Last transfer he starting coming to our church regularly again and we could see his heart softening.  We met with him Monday night and we asked him how he is feeling about everything. He told us when he started coming to church, he noticed how everyone was so emotional when they would talk about Christ and he thought it was strange. He has been reading the Book of Mormon lately, though, and he said "Now I feel what they feel.  Now I get what it's all about.  When I think about Christ and what he did for me, I want to cry as well."  The Spirit was so strong and I felt exactly what he feels and what countless others feel.  Christ truly is our Savior.  We committed Chris to pray about a baptism date and see what answers he received during conference.  It was amazing!
--Dymin is doing really well, too.  We met with her on Tuesday and brought a member named Drew with us. She mentioned she was feeling sick and stressed out about a few things and Drew offered to give her a blessing after the lesson.  She accepted but Sister Hyde and I had to leave because of curfew so we were really curious how it went.  Drew called us after and said Dymin looked like she was creeped out so we were REALLY nervous...but sometimes Dymin can be hard to read.  We texted her and asked how she felt...she said she felt the "tinglies" the whole entire time and that it went really well!  It was amazing to see how receptive she is to the Spirit.  We will have to push her date back because she hasn't been to sacrament consistently but she is still doing so well.
--Alysha won't answer our texts or calls but we continue to pray for her and I can feel this isn't the end.  I know some small and simple things will happen to help her get back on track.
--We had a lesson scheduled with a girl who was a referral from an investigator and we were super excited about it!!  We waited for her and she was like 15 minutes late...we called and texted but she didn't answer so that was a bummer.  We decided to go out finding and prayed we would be able to find people who would progress towards baptism.  We went PCing on campus and there was a guy crossing the street who we felt like we should talk to.  If we would have kept walking, though, we would have intersected him in the middle of the crosswalk (not the safest spot to discuss the gospel).  So, I did what any desperate sister missionary would do and pretended to be fixing my shoe for a few moments until he was close enough to approach.  We started talking to him about his relationship with Christ and the first words out of his mouth were "I want to be baptized but I just don't feel prepared for it."  UNREAL.  We explained how we prepare people for baptism and we are meeting with him tonight!!! I can't wait!!!
--A lesson fell through another day and we went out PCing as a back-up plan. We ran into a guy and started talking to him and he identified himself as a less-active in the ward who we have been looking for my whole entire time at MSU!  I was amazed at how it all worked out.  His name is Robin and we were able to meet with him and it was so cool to see how it was all directed.  We are hoping to re-activate him and help him keep his covenants.
--I was on exchanges with Sister Hunt in the MSU3 area and a similar thing happened.  We were riding the bus to a certain street but we were talking to someone and missed our stop.  However, at the next stop, a guy got on the bus who looked really familiar.  I waved to him and he came over and sat by me.  Sure enough, he is another less-active in the ward who we have been looking for!  The last time we saw him was at Bruce's baptism and he had really long hair but it's short now so I didn't recognize him fully.  He has a new number though so we got it and I was just so grateful we didn't get off the bus when we thought we should have!

So many other awesome things happened.  I truly get to participate in miracles EVERY day.  I know for a FACT this church is true.  If it wasn't, there wouldn't be so much opposition but there also wouldn't be any of these miracles that prove Heavenly Father is so involved in His work.  There is so much I still don't understand but each day I gain even more of a testimony that this is God's true and living church.

I love you all and have a great week!

Sister Dixon

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