Monday, November 11, 2013

Being Creative

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
November 11, 2013 
Serving in Puyallup, Washington 
Companion: Sister Dudek 

Hey all! Since it's Veteran's Day we only have a few minutes to write, and a TON happened this week. I only have time for the coolest story though. Get ready.
Since Sister Dudek and I baptized the Reine family we haven't had too much luck with investigators. It's either been that no one is interested, or they start off interested and then drop off the face of the earth. We've been knocking a lot of doors, but out here in R-town (Ridgecrest) that isn't the most effective thing to do. So we've been trying to figure out how to better work with the members.
Last Fast Sunday I decided to fast for an investigator who is really interested, and would want us to come into their home and teach them. We had a great fast Sunday, most of the testimonies were actually about missionary work, and then kind of forgot about it. We went about our business on Monday and part of Tuesday until we got a call from our Zone Leaders. Elder Blaney called us and said that they had a referral for us (which we never get)! He said that a member in their ward had called them and given them the name, address, and phone number, but didn't say anything about her. She ended up living in our ward boundaries. We finished up what we were planning on doing, and then went and tried to contact Jennifer.
As we were driving to her house, we realized that it was on a street that we had knocked a ton, had visited a ton of people, and had no success on this road at all. Our spirits started to get a little disheartened, but we knew that we needed to come and see her regardless of our past success in this area of the ward.
OH MY GOSH! We knocked on her door, and she welcomed us in right away! Turns out, she goes to a preschool that is run by a member, and has an acquaintance that is a member that goes to the same preschool that had briefly talked about the church. Jennifer has a number of Mormon friends, and absolutely loves the welcoming feel that she gets every time she goes to a church activity. So, that morning she had called her friend, asked if she could learn more about the church, and then we got sent over.
We had an awesome lesson! She wanted to know what was different about our church. I guess she had heard for a long time that the Mormon religion was different, but she didn't know why. I cannot explain how perfect of a question that was, so we immediately jumped into . . . the Restoration! We taught it, and she said that everything made sense, she loved the one-on-one time that we gave her, and loved how clear we (tried to) make everything. It was one of those lessons that you know the Spirit was there, because Sister Dudek and I were a little rusty on our Resto and felt like we were everywhere. But that's what's cool about the spirit--we can say the most jumbled up things, but as long as we're teaching with the Spirit, he is going to testify of what we're saying and turn our "blah, blah, blah" into something they can understand. Love it.
Needless to say, we were shocked as we left Jennifer's home. Neither of us knew what to say to each other, and finally Sister Dudek went, "I can't believe it. This is what I fasted for." Which reminded me, that was the exact same thing I fasted for as well. As soon as we got to our car we freaked out a little bit, did a happy dance, and then said a prayer of gratitude to Heavenly Father for the tender mercies and miracles we've been able to see in the Ridgecrest ward.
That was such a testimony to me. It reminded me that Heavenly Father really is listening, and really does want to bless us. That he cares about the little things and will grant us miracles according to our faith. We also had zone conference this week where President Eaton talked to us about having "real faith." He said something that I really loved; that if we all had the faith of Ammon, we wouldn't necessarily baptize thousands like Ammon did, but we would baptize a lot more.
I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers, and is waiting to bless us with the things that we need. The church is true, Joseph Smith restored it, and it is our opportunity and blessing to be able to share with others the things that we know.
I love you all! Hope you have an awesome week that is just filled with miracles!
Sister VerHoef

Jordyn sent a picture of Mt. Rainier..apparently it is just beautiful and is in her mission..

Mt. Rainier 

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