Sorry so short on time… just one cool story okay?
We met a woman named Victoria on New Year’s Eve before dinner when we
had to run to the store to buy some toilet paper, how exciting I know.
We’re waiting in line and the woman in front of us goes, “Hi girls!”
We didn’t recognize her but started talking with her and she
introduced herself as Victoria and she told us Spanish missionaries
used to visit her apartment but she mainly speaks English. Turns out
she lives in our complex so we got her info and she said we could come
We stop by the next day to set up a time to meet and she says she will
meet with us but she doesn’t believe in Joseph Smith and is kind of
set in her religion. Something told us to just meet with her anyways
so we set up a time to see her.
When we come by for her lesson, she said she had just woken up from a
nap and we said we were sorry but we waited at the door for a moment
or two and she said, “well it would probably be rude for me to not let
you in so come on in.”
We start teaching her the restoration and she has a lot of questions.
She has heard of a ton of anti so we were able to clear a few things
up but we just told her to pay attention to how she felt as we shared
this with her.
After each point of the restoration things started to really click for
her. When we talked about the apostasy, (the time after Christ and his
apostles were rejected and many killed) where God’s authority was not
on the earth… she said, “That would explain why the Bible had so
many good things taken out of it and so many translations! I’ve
studied about that! You would think God would preserve some part of
scripture so we could have all of it today!”
We assured her that we do as well believe the Bible is the word of God
as far as it is translated correctly and after her last comment we
were able to assure her that God has preserved scripture for our day:
The Book of Mormon. We told her we would get to that part of the
By this point she was really tuned in. We then explained Joseph
Smith’s experience in his own words and paused afterwards for his
words to sink in. I was just praying that the Spirit would touch her
heart at that time. Then we asked her how she felt.
She goes, “I am not going to lie… as you said what Joseph said I got
chills all over my body. I don’t know…”
The Spirit was just completely working through her. Then we asked her,
“Why do you think that is?”
She said, “I think God is at least telling me to give this whole thing
We continued teaching her as the room was filled with the Spirit and
she was so eager to read the Book of Mormon by the time we explained
it. She said, “Why wouldn’t God do this? Why wouldn’t He call a
prophet for the world we live in today? Why wouldn’t Christ go and
visit somewhere other than Jerusalem?”
She also started to understand that we don’t worship Joseph Smith and
the living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, but that just like all
other prophets they point us to who we should worship: our Savior
It was just an incredible lesson completely because of the Spirit.
There was a complete change in Victoria from being hesitant to let us
in and being completely compelled to act on everything taught. She is
just amazing. She has the cutest little family of 5 kids and works on
Sundays or else she said she would be at church.
It’s just amazing because Heavenly Father needs our help and we never
know who is in front of us in the line at the grocery store or
wherever we may be. We just never know, but we do know that Heavenly
Father loves every single one of His children that are around us each
day. He knows what they need, He knows who has been praying to Him for
help and He puts all of us in their path because He wants to help
them! It is just our choice to reach out to them and show them just
how much He loves them.
I love you all!
Sister Taryn Peterson
California Redlands Mission