We had a lesson with Ray Saturday. At the beginning he explained that
ever since he has been reading the “book” (Book of Mormon) he wants to
put the “old him” behind. He says he doesn’t want to be who he used to
be and he shared experiences of good choices he made that he knew he
wouldn’t have made previous to reading that book. There is such a
power in the Book of Mormon. Oh and he read all the way through it and
started over by the way. Craziness.
But it was our second lesson and we were teaching the plan of
salvation and specifically about what happens after we die and Ray’s
phone goes off and he apologizes and let’s us know he needs to check a
text. Apparently, he had been getting texts from his grandma’s
caretaker that whole day explaining she wasn’t doing too well. His
grandma was the only family member still alive. He has no brothers or
sisters, his parents died a few years ago and his grandpa just died
recently. She was all he had.
He read the text and said he knew he shouldn’t have looked at it. It
said that his grandma just passed away.
The room was still and it broke my heart to see this big, tough man
trying not to cry. He said “she was all I had.”
Soon, a member we brought to our lesson with us offered him a
priesthood blessing and he willingly accepted. So thankful for the
priesthood and the comfort that blessing from His Heavenly Father gave
him. We then had to go home because of curfew but Ray said he would
make it to church the next day.
Ray was different at church, he would barely look up. But I am so
grateful he came and could be welcomed by the ward family. Not many
people knew what had recently happened with him but everyone reached
out in love to him and he was able to meet with the bishop which I
At the beginning of that lesson with him he talked again and again
about how before he heard our message and started reading from the
Book of Mormon, he didn’t see a purpose for himself anymore. He had no
hope and felt he had no reason to live.
I just feel so strongly convinced that if it wasn’t for Ray finding
hope through the gospel right now, that he would feel no purpose to
life. It scares me to think where he would be right now with no ward
members there to be his family and no hope whatsoever. I think I
sometimes underestimate the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I also felt so strongly as we taught him just how much God is aware of
each of us. There was no coincidence we were teaching Ray the Plan of
Salvation amidst that text, no coincidence that we brought a
priesthood holder to join us as well and no coincidence that Ray has
found the gospel before this tragedy. He is not alone and we made that
clear to him. We pointed out just how aware He is of him and the
things He is doing for him to make it through this hard time.
I just know with all my heart that God is completely aware of His
children and eager to help us.
Also, the other week, we went in primary and they had the missionaries
talk about the blessings of being a missionary. We had the younger
kids who seemed to not understand what was going on but after we
talked about the blessings of missionary work and how they can be
missionaries right now , I asked, “So who wants to be a missionary?!!”
A girl stands up and says, “I want to be a power ranger!”
And then they all started teaming up with her.
Missionaries are basically power rangers.
Also women’s conference was amazing. I love President Uchtdorf’s talk.
I loved how he explained that faith is not us praying to force our
will upon God’s but it is trusting in Him and it is what empowers us
to act on His will even though we may not fully understand His will.
This week I am going to try better to ask for His will and listen,
then follow the impressions I get even if I feel that something else
would make me happier. He knows best. He has shown me that throughout
my mission. Even when what’s best is not the most fun at first, what’s
best has taught me the lessons I need to learn and helped me to become
better than I was before.
I love you all. I say that every week but I mean it. Have a good one!
I only have one picture. Us getting free ice cream. We walked by an
ice cream store and the guy taps on the window and explains how his
daughter is serving a mission. He then told us to help ourselves. The
people who help missionaries with free ice cream when they’re walking
in the burning heat are the people that win.