This email is literally all about Ray. Let me tell you about him okay.
Earlier this week we were making calls at a park. We were heading back
to the car and there was this man sitting on a bench facing the other
way. We went up and started talking to him. We got to know him and he
explained how his parents had both died recently. We shared with him a
scripture from the Book of Mormon about what happens after we die and
then part of the Plan of Salvation pamphlet. We gave him the pamphlet
and a Book of Mormon to read before we come back. As we explained
where we go after this life, he said “Wow, I really hope that is
true!” He has the biggest heart and seemed so sincerely interested so
we were excited he wanted to meet again in a couple days.
Ray is a big guy, used to coach football and is just a literal giant
teddy bear. He is so humble.
Then fast forward to the day of our lesson with Ray:
I woke up feeling a bit like a train hit me in the night. So tired.
Throughout the day I literally was thinking to myself *I have never
been this tired and unmotivated/exhausted.* Then I started to think
about how psychotic missions are that we literally don’t take a second
to nap and the only breaks we have for 18 months are a lunch and a
dinner break. My mind just kept thinking dramatically that wow LIFE IS
ROUGH then I said a prayer that I would be able to feel reinvigorated
and remember my love for the mission.
Then we met Ray for our lesson.
We followed up on if he had the chance to read from the Book of
Mormon. He said “Yes! And opened up the book to a turned corner at
Alma chapter 14. Page 244. 244 pages.
Sister Heiner and I just stared confusingly at the book… “You read to
He said “Yes! I have just kept reading it ever since you gave me it!”
He then said, ” I have been reading it while walking and even on my
lunch breaks at work. My coworkers wondered where I have been at lunch
and I told them I was reading a book the missionaries gave me. They
asked me if I understood it and I said not really but that it brought
me a lot of peace so I keep reading.”
Not only that, but he also read the Plan of Salvation pamphlet and all
of the scriptures from the back of it. He even watched a video from
the card we gave him with our church info on it.
He said that after he met us that day at the park he felt like he was
filled with so much hope. He also said he knows God led us to him
because he usually never stays at the park that long but this time he
just couldn’t leave and then we showed up.
Ah. It gets better.
So we taught the restoration and at the very beginning we explained
how God calls prophets like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses etc. and he
stops us and goes, “Well here is something I always ask but no one has
the answer for. If he called prophets then, who is our prophet now,
why wouldn’t he call a prophet for the times right now?”
Smiling ear to ear we were just like STAY TUNED RAY.
Towards the end the strongest impression came to me to show him a
picture of Thomas S Monson. We mentioned his name and that there was a
living prophet but didn’t show him a picture.
So we pull one up on the iPad and Ray looks at it and says “Thomas S.
Monson…I’ve seen him before!”
He starts explaining how about six months ago he got lost on his way
to a picnic and ended
up at a building with a lot of nice people all watching different
people speak on giant TVs. He said he heard that man speak!
Turns out he ended up at a church building watching general
conference. He said that he was there for a few hours but he remembers
it felt like 15 minutes and he has been wanting to hear from that man
So we testified that Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet and then
Ray said “If that is the same guy I heard speak 6 months ago then I
know he is a prophet. I will stand by whatever he says.”
Needless to say, he is so excited for the first weekend in October.
Before we could even ask he asked us if he could come to church. Sure
Ray I guess we will allow you to come.
So he was at church yesterday and already has a close connection with
He explained how he met the missionaries in Sunday school and said
that he was at the park and after we showed up and shared with him a
little about what our message can do for him, he instantly felt hope.
He said a peace came over him and that he was so happy to be at church
that day. He wants to be baptized “as soon as he can be” and finally
feels direction in life.
Most prepared human I have ever met. He has such a special spirit and
during our lesson with him I just felt the Spirit so strongly.
Ah such a miracle to find him just when I needed a pick-me-up too.
Great things have happened this week but Ray just took over my whole
email. That’s okay though.
One other thing, after sacrament meeting at church, Jasmine said,
“Those speakers were all talking just to me.” She was kind of amazed
so we explained that the Spirit was teaching her what she needed to
hear and the speakers were inspired. And at our lesson with her this
week she said “before I met you guys I was praying for a church to go
to and a husband, and here I am.” She knows God has led us to her.
We are still waiting on the husband part but she is the cutest person
ever so she will find some cute guy and get married in the temple soon
we aren’t too concerned about that.
Giant takeaway from this week and the mission in general:
Our Heavenly Father answers prayers. I have learned that about every
single day out on my mission. I love Him and I love that He gives us
the opportunity to see Him work through us to help His children.
I have never had happier moments than on the mission. Let me tell you.
Have a great week here’s some random pictures
Us drinking hot chocolate because it was a freezing 80 degrees outside
A really cute puppy