January 13, 2014
Well, happy 10 month mark to me! Sadly, the ward didn't hold a party for this one, but I am banking on my year mark being the biggest ward party yet. ;)
This week was awesome. We are working so hard and I LOVE IT. The gospel mixed with hard work is honestly the answer to all of life's problems (give or take like 2). We had one awesome experience this week that I thought ya’ll would like to know about:
There is a potential that we have been trying to get in with for a while now and this week we decided to try him. We went to his house and his wife answered the door. It was one of those moments where they open the door and their face changes from "HIIIIII!! Come in!" – to “UGHHH, the Mormons" – in like a split second. Realizing that she was clearly not very happy about the fact we were standing on her doorstep, we asked if there was another day that would be better for us to come back. She told us we could come back Monday. So, satisfied with setting a return appointment, we started walking down the street and decided to knock on the doors of some of her neighbors. We didn't get very far when a car pulled up next to us. It was a young kid in his 20's and he rolls down his window and starts to talk to us. At first I'm a little leery, like, "Ohh heavens, what does this kid want?" Well, he wanted Salvation, THAT'S WHAT. He says: "Hey, did ya’ll just knock at my house?" We confirmed the question and he said: "Hey, sorry. My parents aren't really into all that stuff, but I went to church last week with my cousin (uncle's family are in our ward) and I want to get baptized as soon as possible."
*MOMENT OF SILENCE*
Hna Hoj and I are both trying to stay calm and not scream right then. He then asked if we could set up appointments at his uncle's house. We said – OF COURSE. He then drove away. Hna Hoj and I proceeded to scream and hug and give prayers of thanks and faaaareak out.
His name is J and he has taken all the lessons. He just needs to get in the water. We talked with his cousin and there are probably a few things he will have to be taught first, but we were blessed with this new investigator who is willing and ready to change his life.
It really was a blessing and an answer to prayer. This month the whole mission fasted that the Lord would pour out His Spirit on this area and that the prepared would find us and that we would find them. I stand as a witness of the power of fasting and prayer. Before my mission I had such a hard time fasting and I definitely did not understand it fully or even have a testimony of the principle. It is things like that that make me THAT much more grateful for the chance to be a missionary. What would I have done in life without this knowledge? With the testimonies gained?
"Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer." D y C 59:14.
Hermana Alivia Burnham
P.S. -- We got a call this morning from the Stake Relief Society President telling us that President Pingree has chosen us to be hosts at the conference when SHERI DEW comes to speak in like 2 weeks. I AM SO EXCITED!!!