Sunday, May 31, 2015

"Whom the Lord calls He qualifies." May 18, 2015

This last week was great! Thank you mom for the new contacts! They have been working well. Tanner congrats on graduating from seminary! I am excited for you! I can not believe you are graduating from High School already. Time goes by too fast.
Well, this week we visited Jordyn. He had a lot of questions about the BOM and wanted to get to know us more. He works in NYC and says he is tired of the city life. He says a lot of his friends look at him sometimes that he is crazy because he believes in God. He wants to peace and joy that we have and he knows it is only through Jesus Christ. He is reading and praying.
We also found a new investigator named Ana last Thursday. We think she invited us back because she was surprised we speak Spanish. But we had a good lesson about the Restoration. She liked what we share and we have a lesson with her this week.
Alex: We taught him last Thursday after English class. He has been having some doubts about the BOM. He feels that if he just followed the Bible he will be saved. We asked if he has read and prayed about it and replied that he has been reading but has not prayed. We bore testimony that if he does pray he will receive a confirmation from the Holy Ghost. He also feels strongly that he has been baptized already in Guatemala and said that God testified to him that it was valid. We explained to him that God is very pleased to see you act of faith to follow his Son but that it was not done by the right authority. We assured him his real question is if the BOM is true. He understood and said he will pray about the BOM. The spirit was very strong in that lesson.
We found another investigator while contacting. We gave William our number but we did not receive his number. But we had a feeling that he would call us soon. The next day he calls us wanting to meet with us. We set a appointment for that day. We had a former missionary accompany us and shared the restoration. It made a lot of sense to him and said he needs time to read and pray. The spirit was there and we have an appointment with him next week. Cool miracle!
Jacoff: He is a less active we have been trying to get a hold of for a long time. He is from Colombia and is a successful accountant who is about 28. We shared Alma 37 about the "small and simple thing which bring to pass great things." We invited him to come to church and to read and pray. He said he is really busy but then asked the question, "how much time are you willing to set aside for God?" he then replied that he could set aside 10 minutes to read. We related it to working out that every time he reads, prays or goes to church he gets spiritually strong. (He is a boxer as well, which is how we related it to working out). It was as good lesson! Cool guy.
Saturday afternoon we visited Miriam's friend Joana who is also from Peru! She could not believe that my mom was from Peru! She thought it was so cool, next time we met with her she is going to bring some Peruvian food!
She is a single mom with her 10 year old daughter. She was raised Catholic and Pentecostal but really was not involved in both of them. She was married to a Muslim but he passed away. She has been wanting to join a church and liked our church from what she say last week at the Mother's day party. She said that she knows Christ is the way to find happiness but has a lot a questions about how to find it. We testified to her that we did not meet by coincidence and that our message will benefit her quality of life. We had a very spiritual first lesson about the Restoration. it answered many of her questions she had. We invited her to read and pray about the BOM and come to Church. She said she will. We called her yesterday to find out about how her reading has been going and said she has been reading the pamphlet and is liking what she is reading. She is awesome! I know that we were lead to find her!
Another cool miracle happened when we were walking Saturday night trying potentials when we felt prompted to try Yao our recent convert. We got there and Yao was busy with his cousins but his uncle (less active)was there and we asked if we could share a message with him. Cesar accepted and we shared Mosiah 14 about the atonement. We testified that no matter what any of us have done we can start over clean by taking the sacrament. He then commented, " you guys could not have come at a better time, I have been thinking about coming back to church but I have been thinking it is too late. This is just what I needed." The spirit just flooded the room and invited him to come back to church and partake of the sacrament again. He accepted and said he will come this Sunday. He did come yesterday because he was called in to work but will come this Sunday. Amazing miracle. The spirit was able to work through to bless our less active. what a blessing!!
Yesterday we visited Hilda a less active that has not come to church for a couple months. She is from Portugal but knows some Spanish because her husband is from Cuba. We shared a message about the atonement and assured us that she knows that the atonement has blessed her life. She started venting about her problems that she has been going through saying that she has been feeling very depressed and sad. We promised her if she came back to church it will lighten her burdens that she is carrying. She accepted and said she will bring her husband and son. Good lesson got to know her and her family a little bit better.
Last night we were trying some less actives when we felt prompted to try Hermano Sorto. We were praying to also teach one more person before the night was through. We knew he had a friend that was a not a member staying with him so we dropped by. Domingo was there and asked if we could share a message with both of them. They accepted and shared a scripture about the atonement and that connected that love God and Christ have for us into the Gospel, families and prophets and how they are manifestations of God's love. We then continued to the apostasy and to the first vision. Spirit was strong and invited Domingo to read and pray about the BOM. He then told us that he remembers missionaries like us going to his village in the Dominican Republic and how many people joined and they built a large chapel there. He liked what we did and said that he will read the pamphlet and the BOM. Hno. Sorto testified to his friend of the truthfulness of the first vision and the BOM. It was so powerful. I know the members are the best way to find people to teach. We got a return appointment and said he will attend church this week. Amazing lesson! Lord has blessed us immensely!
I know the scripture in D &C is true which says "whom the Lord calls he qualifies." I know through our faith in Jesus Christ we can accomplish miracles. I love you Dad, Mom, Mckay and Tanner so much. Hope you have a great week. Tanner enjoy graduation, you will have fun!
Elder Plummer

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