Monday, July 20, 2015

Week #48 - I AM Young Skywalker!

F A M I L Y- 

This week we dug in, as a companionship, and did WORK. Our numbers were the highest that they have been all transfer and we have an awesome investigator progressing toward baptism for July 26th and another family of four who love the Book of Mormon and only need one more lesson to be eligible for a baptismal date. I love working!! I haven't felt this good in a long time and it feels good to just dig in and work. NO more excuses! 

I learned from the BoM this week that although God may bless His children with many things despite their wickedness (like He did the Israelites), the only way to truly know that God is happy with our work is through the peace we feel. God blessed them with water from a rock, manna from heaven and more; however, in 1 Nephi 20: 22 it says,  "And notwithstanding he hath done all this, and greater also, there is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked." If we strive with all our hearts to work our hardest and we still have no "success", if we feel within us a sense of peace...the we know that we've done it right.

Our companionship has had a rough road but I can honestly say that Sister Gailey and I love each other and will dearly miss each other after we transfer. When transfer notices came, it hit me how much I will miss her. We are kind of like an old couple. We agree on very little, love to mess with each other and sometimes fight...but we love each other fiercely. She is the best!

Miracle: This past week we got out of a lesson and we had not finished knocking for a full hour just yet so we set out to be obedient and knock for another 30 minutes. We likely only had time to knock one house, so we set out oh, so hopeful.  As we walked down the street we saw one house that we knew that we needed to knock. The family opened the door immediately and welcomed us in. As we sat down, they told us of the marriage problems they were having, the terrible experiences that they'd had in their old church, the trials they had gone through because of their efforts for righteousness, etc. We testified boldly of the Book of Mormon and testified of 2 Nephi 2:23 and 25. The spirit was SO strong and they committed to coming to church/reading the Book of Mormon. We had been fearlessly (and faithfully) praying to find our family of four for weeks and God answered our prayer. We haven't been able to see the family since due to work schedules but they take their Book of Mormon to work every day and read on their break, their kids now recognize us and love us and they have committed to be baptized! God works miracles. 

Another cool Miracle: Some background. We live on a base level apartment with a garage, front door and sliding glass door. The front door has a bolt lock that unless opened from the inside, will not be unlocked with a key. Now. Yesterday, we returned home and found that our garage door opener was completely out of battery and would not allow us to open the garage. We were stuck. We went to the front door and tried to open the door but because of the bolt lock, we were stuck. Awesome. We were going to be late getting inside the house and the office was closed. What were we going to do?? Then I remembered that this morning, as I came back inside from doing yoga on our patio, the sliding glass door "locked" but seemed a little unstable. I remember thinking, "Huh, last time it did this, we had locked the Sisters out and they were still able to get in...maybe I should fix it." But the thought came to leave it and go on with our day. So, as we were locked out...the thought came to try it. I walked around the side of the house and opened the door with one push. We were in. I immediately fell on my knees in gratitude to my Heavenly Father for thinking ahead and making sure that we were provided for. We were obedient, we were safe and we were able to complete the other things He had commanded for us to do that night. How great is His mercy!  

No matter the time or place, the significance or the hardness of the task...God provides for His children. ALWAYS. 1 Nephi 3:7- "for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." God is aware of our weakness and our faults. But He is not blinded by them and neither should we be. He will prepare a way for us to reach higher heights and perfection, we just need to be willing to listen.  

I love you ALL!

Hna Lake

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