Monday, December 12, 2016

Up the Hill Three Times, and Then...

This week has also been full of blessings. My companion and I enjoy looking for opportunities to serve every day. A couple of things that happened:

We went one morning after our studies to go to an older couple's house to see how to help them build a door from some leftover wood. Note, their house is wayyy up the huge hill in our area, so it wasn't a task to be tackled by the weary. Anyways, coming down the hill afterwards we met a man that recently moved to the area. He was friendly and we asked to accompany him to his house to share a message with his family, and he said sure. So we started climbing back up the hill to his house.

Coming down the hill again, thinking about lunch, we saw a younger couple struggling with their numerous groceries. We helped them and after a little conversation, asked to accompany them to their house to share a message with them, and they said sure. So we started climbing back up the hill to their house.

Another day, we were heading to an investigator family to set an appointment and I contacted a man carrying a big bag that had just gotten out of the taxi. I offered to help but he declined. I tried to converse with him but I realized that he had a hard time hearing. I asked him if we could share a message with him but he said he was going home to go to bed, a little odd, being that it was 3:00pm. I didn't think much of it but later that day, we were doing a way to find and like 3 or 4 dogs started running at us barking a lot. Once I was certain they weren't there to attack us we started moving along when the owner ran out from his house calling out to us. It was the same man from earlier that day, but with his hearing aid put in, saying he wanted to come to our church. He came to sacrament meeting on Sunday.

We had received a few referrals for a part in our area very far away, and we slotted a few hours of one day to go over there to contact the referrals and visit the less active members and old investigators. We contacted the referrals and tried to visit the other people we planned, but there wasn't much of a result. On our way back we helped a woman with her bags up the hill, taking a road I'm not sure we would've otherwise taken, and adjacent to her house we saw a family at home, who received us in the moment to teach the Restoration and accepted a baptismal date.

Life is full of miracles, and we need to have the faith to find them and also be willing to recognize the miracles in our lives.
And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles. Behold, I say unto you that whoso believeth in Christ, doubting nothing, whatsoever he shall ask the Father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him; and this promise is unto all, even unto the ends of the earth. (Mormon 9:19, 21)
I testify that the Lord has not ceased to be a God of miracles.

Have an awesome week!

Elder Evan Smith

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