Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Spiritual high!

Beck Family!

apparently it is repetitive that i start every week with what a crazy week. but sorry guys, pretty much every week of my life is just crazy, so thats just gonna be the way it is. Until the mission stops being crazy. Which it wont. So lets just settle in for the long haul of crazy weeks.

Here we go!

On tuesday i had a cool experience. As a ZL i go on exchanges with the DLs every transfer. On tuesday elder miller, an english dl in the zone came into my area with me. One of the things that the president has asked us leaders to do is that everytime we go on an exchange to find a new investigator. He wants us to do that essentially to show that it is possilbe to find, and to show the missionaries how to do it, essentially how it is done. So elder M came here with me, and we taught acouple lessons tuesday night all in spanish that he did not understand. in nightly planning i told him that wednesday we had the entire day full of lessons, and so there would not be much time to find, except at 2 :00 for 1 hour. And i told him that we were going to find a new investigator in that hour. full faith. We went out the next day, and ended up teaching most of the lessons we had set. 2 came around and we had not yet found a new investigator, and the exchange ended at 4. I told elder M, we are still going to find a new investigator, we need to expect it. We went and knocked an apartment complex, we got a lot of good potentials, but were unable to turn anybody into a new investigator, even though we flipppin tried so hard. but i still new we could find one. I followed our plans and we went to our next appointment. Along the way i saw some of our investigators playing at a random park with their familys. We called our appointment, told them we would be 20 minutes late, and went over and talked to our investigators and their family at the park. We sat them down under a tree in the shade at a bench and had a lesson with them, picking up 1 new investigator. We did not doubt, we fully expected that it was Gods will that we find a new investigator, and we went out and worked and the miracle came. You just gotta expect that God will make a way to accomplish what he has asked us to do, even something like finding a new investigator on exchange.

The rest of the week was also super good. Sunday also turned out to be a great day. B came to church yesterday. And she had a great experience. The ward did such a good job at friend shipping her. Everybody was talking to her and sitting with her, i am lucky to be in a great ward. But even more than that she had a really spiritual experience. We were sitting next to here and a recent convert family during sacrament meeting. She was kind of getting figity, so my companion passed her an open hymn book opened to I need thee every hour. she read it, and then quietly  started taking notes on what she had read. I then had just one of the clearest impressions i have had in a couple days to give her some passage of scripture to read. I immediately thought of Mark 9, where the man cries out Lord I Believe. I opened to it, and asked her to read it. I then continued to listen to the talk, when she took out her note book and wrote be a little note and passed it to me. The note read "thank you, i really needed that. Yesterday i had a really bad anxiety attack and couldnt even get out of bed, but that scripture hit just the spot." I wrote back to her "that is what the scriptures do, they invite the spirit which brings feelings of comfort, even when we feel hopeless. Do you feel like the man in the story that Jesus Christ can help you." She responded "I feel like Jesus Christ is the only one that can help me. and that he is taking me by the hand through you guys."
Tears welled up in my eyes.
I can not describe what that felt like. To really know that somebody sees us as Jesus Christ. That she looks to us and pleads to us the same as if we were Jesus Christ himself.  Every now and then i feel like i have a real moment when i realize exactly what it means to represent Jesus Christ, and yesterday at church was one of those moments with B. I realized again exaclty what it means to have his name on our chests. That by the time we are done with the day, that we can look back and just think, today i did everything that Jesus himself would have done if he were here.

We had another miracle sunday. We had set a goal to teach 11 member present lessons, and by sunday we only had 8, which is pretty low for us. cause we had a ton of meetings to go to this week. But we didnt loose faith, and we knew that we could still do it. We ended up being guided with 3 different members to  3 different lessons, that all ended up being powerful lessons where those we taught felt the spirit and progressed. We set a couple baptismal dates, and B should be getting baptized this weekend. Keep praying for her. And also just a side note, when we went to a trailor park last night, i saw a guy we talk to a lot outside smoking weed. I walked right up to him, asked him how he was doing. When he said he was doing good, i asked him, why he was smoking weed then. He kind of looked at me with a guilty face, and then i straight told him, you know what is going to help you and what is not, then pointing to the blunt, you know that that is  not going to help you. Give it to me right now.

He gave it to me, i threw it on the ground and stomped it out infront of him. He gave me a hug of thanks, sometimes he just needs the push to do the right. Crazy how sometimes bold the spirit can make you sometimes. Anyways, love you family take take.

Beck out,
Elder N and Elder Dallin
Elder Beck

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