Monday, August 8, 2016

The Lord Provides a Way When We Exercise Faith

July 25, 2016

Hey friends and family,

It sounds like your week was awesome!!!!! I love that you and dad went to the gun range that's so awesome!

So this week has been hectic and crazy and just awesome all at the same time. We have been teaching our favorite Investigator,  Ibet.  She is 17 and from Mexico but she has lived here since she was 10. She is literally my favorite person and is so amazing. She understands the gospel like no one I have ever met! She just grasps it like she has known it all her life. The sisters before me taught her for a week before she left to visit her brother in Chicago and when I got there we called and asked if she would go to church while on vacation but she didn't want to. So we waited till she got back. When she got back, she texted us and hard core dropped us and didn't want us to teach her anymore and that she was fine the way she was. When we got that I was like, “ Ah Heck Naw !!!!!”  I haven't even met her yet!  So two days later I was really feeling like I needed to meet this girl so we drove up to her house. I walked up to knock on the door, but before we even got to the porch the door opened and Ibet just walked out. Before she could really say anything I walked up to her and was like "Hi.  I'm sister Magda.  I’m the new sister here in Abilene.” Then we just started talking! When we asked if we could come over and teach her she said yes! 

She came to church for the second time on the 17th and loved it! In Young Women's they were talking all about ordinances. Then she was preparing for baptism last Saturday and we had a super spiritual lesson on Friday and when we sat down the first thing she said to us was she didn't want to be baptized because she didn't feel ready and our lesson was all about baptism so I was like, “Well the Lord wants us to read from 3 Nephi vs 11. I then talked about how baptism is away we can come closer to Christ and how it's not us inviting her but Jesus Christ so we just went with it any way.  She wanted to have her interview right after and passed it! But she still didn't want to be baptized yet. Sister Nail and I had to pray so hard to know what the Lord wanted us to do and the only thing we could think of was talk to her after church. So she came to church again and in Young Women's the lesson was again on ordinances.  Afterwards I was talking to her about all the ordinances and asking her thoughts on them and she told me that she loves it because it helps us stay focused on the Savior and making promises with Him so that you can know his path for us and to help us love righteously... Holy crap she is so amazing!!!!! We talked to her more about being baptized this Sunday and she wasn't sure still. Then her brother picked her up. We then went over that Sunday night at 7pm to have another lesson with her and when we got there we had no idea what more we could do to help her feel better about this commitment. I just got the feeling that if it’s the Lord’s will He will make a way.

We were talking with her and I was flipping through some scriptures trying to think of what chapter to share with her. I was thinking about Alma and Amulek but then worried it might be too strong and kind of “in your face.” As I flipped through more scriptures I thought about one on faith and flipped right to Ether 12. It was the most spiritual lesson I have ever been in!  We just talked and talked about each verse and explained what certain verses and words meant. Them we asked her what her greatest desire was and she asked what a desire meant. We explained and she said, "Oh my greatest desire is to come closer to Jesus Christ.”" We then asked her if she had thought about being baptized this Sunday, and she said, "I have decided that I want to be baptized this Sunday.  I was talking to my brother on my way home from church and was telling him all the things I learned and he looked at me and told me I needed to be baptized!" So this Sunday Ibet is getting baptized!!!!!!! It's so exciting. The Lord truly provides a way if we exercise faith.  It is in the trials of our faith that we learn how strong we are.


Sister Magda

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