November 10, 2014"Quote"
Just another week in paradise!
Sister Rohlfing and I have been working really hard on being more consecrated missionaries. Everything we talk about has to do with the work. We are constantly making and reaching goals, becoming better, and just doing all we can to fulfill our purpose.
We had interviews with President Blickenstaff this week. I spent a lot of time preparing what I wanted to talk about and what I wanted to share with him, but as I sat waiting to go into the interview, I just really felt like I should put my plan aside and trust in the Spirit. The interview went very differently than I was expecting, and what we ended up talking about was completely not what I had planned. It was exactly what I wanted. Heavenly Father's plan is always so much better than what we can ever plan for ourselves.
What we talked about has really helped me refocus and become more committed to this work. He helped me understand the importance of setting and accomplishing meaningful goals. We are to set measurable goals, do everything we can each day to reach these goals, and then in prayer account to the Lord our progress and with His help become even better. As I set and reach goals, I can feel myself changing and progressing. We aren't just to go through each day, just floating along, trying to make it through the day. The scriptures say "this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors" (Alma 34:32). Now is our time to prepare to meet God. We are preparing for eternity. Is what you're doing really preparing you for that, or not?
I'm definitely not perfect. Serving a mission has really made me recognize how completely imperfect I really am. But as members of this Church, our purpose is to become more like our Savior Jesus Christ. Become more perfect. It's is through setting goals that we can accomplish anything and become who we want to be.
I am so grateful for Jesus Christ, for the redeeming power that He has. He is my light and my hope.
This week, we had an amazing experience teaching a family! We talked with the mom at first for a while. She told us that when she was younger, missionaries came to her house for dinner and she still remembers them saying that they don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol. After her kids finished homework and the dad came home from work, they all sat with us and we got to know them better and taught them a little about the gospel. They were all just so focused on us, listening to what we said and asking questions. It's always really powerful to teach a family.
At the end of our visit, we asked the husband to offer a prayer. He was a little hesitant, but after explaining more about it and testifying that Heavenly Father really will hear His prayer, he did it. It was the very first prayer he had ever said. His voice just filled the room. Every sentence was so sincere and intent. Sister Rohlfing and I tried really hard to hold back tears as we just felt filled with the Spirit. The family thanked us, and talked about the feelings they get from meeting with us is exactly what they have been looking for.
After hula class, we showed the Restoration video to our investigator Jannie! She has been searching for an answer about Joseph Smith. After watching the video, she told us she believes it's true! We were so happy! She had an experience with another church's missionary the day before. That experience just left her feeling empty and uncomfortable and defensive. She didn't like it. But as she watched the video about Joseph Smith, she really felt the Spirit and recognized the good feelings as coming from Heavenly Father.
The branch president and his wife invited us over for lunch one day. As we talked with them, I felt impressed to ask them how they know the plan of salvation is true. The branch president's wife explained that when she first learned it, she just knew that it was true. It just made sense to her. The Branch President didn't really answer. Other things came up and I thought he just got distracted and wasn't able to answer. I didn't really think much of it. On Sunday, he gave a talk and mentioned how much that question made him think. He thought about it for days. "How do you know the plan of salvation is true?" I guess he didn't answer because he had a lot to think about first. He then bore a powerful testimony of how he knows that the plan of salvation is true, that this Church is Christ's church on the earth, and that Heavenly Father really does love us.
Sister Rohlfing and I had scheduled to visit a less active in our ward. We had never been to her house, and we hardly knew her. We didn't really know what to expect, she wasn't answering her phone, and we were running late that day. We considered not going, but I just really felt that going to her house is really what Heavenly Father needed us to do. We spent so long trying to find her house, finally met up with her, and drove over together. Our visit went really well! We got to know her better and helped answer some questions she had been pondering. During the lesson, she mentioned how earier, missionaries and members had both told her they would come and visit, but no one ever did. The members told her they would come and help her move, but they didn't show up. She got really sore from moving all her furniture and boxes. I felt a weight lift, knowing that we had done the right thing. Everything that day made it seem like we shouldn't visit her, but that visit is exactly what she needed. She needed to trust people again and be reminded that Heavenly Father is mindful of her.
I'm looking at my notebook of things that happened this week...ah so many.
After english, a student came and talked with Sister Rohlfing. The week before, Sister Rohfling asked her if she was interested in learning more about Jesus Christ. Now she was telling Sister Rohlfing she must have thought she was really weird because she didn't want to learn about Jesus Christ! I don't really know what happened in that week, but she remembered Sister Rohlfing's invite and now seemed interested in our message.
She asked us why there is so much suffering in the world. We had a chance to sit down with her, give her a Book of Mormon, and read some scriptures together. I don't know if we completely answered her questions, but I could see her understanding open and she said that what we explained really made sense. We made sure to explain to her that we really don't have all the answers, but that through the Spirit and the scriptures, she can find what she is looking for. She then read a chapter from the Book of Mormon, took some notes, and we met with her agian and discussed what she learned. I love being a missionary.
Sister Rohlfing and I were riding back to the chapel on Monday for an appointment. I was waiting at the gate for her, but she wasn't coming. I went back and saw her at the intersection talking to a lady that I just rode past. I came over and entered the conversation. The lady was just talking and talking about some problems she has had recently, how she prays when she needs answers, and how she hasn't been able to come to church for a while. She is a member of another Christian church. When Sister Rohlfing gave her a tract with a picture of Jesus Christ on it, she kissed it and then they started talking about Jesus Christ. We talked with her for a long time and said a prayer together before going our separate ways.
So yeah, this week was amazing. So much to say. I know this Church is true! My favorite scripture from personal study this week was 2 Kings 20:5 "I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee" Jesus Christ is my foundation. Have trust and faith in Him. He will heal you and make you whole. Because of His atonement, everything will be made right. I know He loves us so much! His infinite love for us is the reason He suffered and died.
I love you all! Sister Berrey