Well it’s been a great week here in Redlands.
I can only remember half of what happened so here is 1/2:
Yesterday we gave talks on missionary work. It was the greatest
opportunity ever to get the Ward excited. It really helped too, the
members seemed to really like the things we said. I included ways that
members have been involved in the conversion process of those we are
teaching/that have been baptized and BOY members play a major role in
everyone’s conversion. I will have to send those to you all sometime.
This Ward is the greatest, we thought it would be good to have a Ward
fast for us and the members to be led to the people who are ready for
the gospel. We have an idea and they run with it! Bishop announced it
a good 3 times throughout church yesterday so I’m so excited for next
Oh yeah and one day I thought about having a Father’s Day Barbecue
that everyone can invite their friends to! We told our Ward mission
leader and now the Bishop is all for it! I’m pumped.
So this week we have been really trying to work with the members. It
has been the best thing ever. We have been praying to know what
members we need to make an effort to visit and help with missionary
work. It was crazy how clear certain names came to my mind of who we
needed to visit.
Let’s begin with the Dyers. We go to the Dyers (a cute older couple)
who just got called to be missionaries for ldsjobs and we let them
know we have prayed and their name has come to mind. Brother Dyer
wasn’t home so we prayed with Sister Dyer and had her make a list of
non-members who came to mind. We went over her list then asked her to
pray to know which person she needs to focus on, which person is
prepared for the gospel.
During the prayer, the name “Dory” that she said kept repeating in my
mind. We took a second after the prayer and she says “Well, one is
sticking out to me alright. Dory.”
Sister Gull then goes “That name stuck out to me too!”
Then I was like waaaaittt are you kidding me too.
It was really incredible and powerful to see the Spirit guiding us to
help Dory. We brainstormed some ways Sister Dyer can reach out to her
and now she’s inviting her to dinner with us Wednesday and wants to
ask her to take the lessons that day as well!
Who knows if she’s in our area BUT WHO CARES. We are helping the
members bring the gospel to their friends and there was something so
enlightening about it.
Then THE BUNKERS. Cutest, cutest little family with two girls and two
boys. They are super missionary minded as well. We went over their
names and Brother Bunker mentioned his names and how he had been
talking to them about the gospel already! Then they prayed and
pondered on the names they had written.
After they had some time to listen, Brother Bunker said, kind of
astounded, “This is so interesting. A name keeps coming to mind that
not even on this list. I don’t even think I have said hi to her at
Their family was kind of amazed as well as us. Heavenly Father knows
His children that need us, we just need to listen.
The Bunkers are now having a family home evening with the different
families and friends that came to mind and Brother Bunker is going to
try to introduce himself to this woman at work and tie in the gospel
as much as he is allowed to.
Something about meeting with these members, I feel so good afterwards.
We also met with these former investigators from previous elders named
Beth and John. They were super friendly and let us right in! We got to
talking and they said they respected our beliefs but didn’t really
agree with them.
John said He believed in Christ but its hard for him to believe that
Christ came to the Americas if we don’t know the exact location he was
standing at. I was tempted to go off about how we know pretty close to
where He could have appeared to the people etc…. But I kept feeling
the need to read 3 verses from 3 Nephi 11.
So I said “I see, can I share with you both two of my favorite scriptures?”
They said “certainly!”
I read the following, explaining that this is what Christ said to the
people in the America’s:
13 And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying:
14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my
side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands
and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the
God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their
hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands
and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until
they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with
their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was
he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.
As I read these words the air just seemed to be still. The spirit was
there. We then testified of Jesus Christ and how this other testament
of Him is another witness of Christ and what He has done for us each
I said, “He showed them each what He had done for them one by one. Can
you imagine?” They seemed to be amazed at these scriptures. Something
changed in them. It was really cool. Their beliefs didn’t change in
the blink of an eye or anything, but those verses seemed to spark
their interest. The Book of Mormon is powerful, and maybe just maybe
they will read it for themselves soon.
Then, better yet… Sister Gull talked a lot more than usual while
visiting with them it was the best thing ever. Then afterwards she
said “I DON’T THINK I HAVE EVER FELT SO GOOD.” She explained how she
wished she felt this way alllll the time and I was so happy for her I
was like “This is why I have been the annoying follow-up trainer who
makes us role play and asks if you will lead conversations etc.,
because if you aren’t a part of the work then it’s no fun!”
She really sees the joy of missionary work now. It’s a happy day.
Oh one other thing,
Yesterday at church a man in the Ward introduced himself to Ann and
our Ward mission leader goes “This is Ann, she’s investigating the
Then Ann goes “Oh no I’m not investigating anymore. I know it’s true.”
She’s so cute. She says she is baptized in her heart. She wants her
son’s approval before she goes through with it so keep them in your
Things are happening. I’m pumped. Tonight we are giving our first
temple tours finally!
Then Tuesday is our last zone conference with President and Sister Van
Cott. I can’t believe it.
I love you guys have a great week.
Ps hello dad