Monday, June 9, 2014

Miracles Everywhere!

Hey, family & friends!

I'd invite you to just skip right
to the first picture.

You know who that is?  That's Ariel.  Remember the Ariel we found on my first day in my last area who was super golden but then decided not to get baptized and even left us a note saying that she would never do so?  Yeah, that's her.  AND her mom, who wasn't going to come the first time Ariel was getting baptized, came to support her.  The Lord honors missionaries' promises.

Cool story time: It was about a month after she dropped us when I left, and a few weeks after the new sisters got there before they contacted her.  She said that ever since she wrote that note to us saying she didn't want to meet, she kept thinking and thinking about her baptism.  She felt guilty, she felt empty, she felt something missing.  Then the new sisters showed up.  On their second lesson together, she told them she wanted to go through with it, even though she still had some fears.  I was asked to play the flute at her service, so I got to go back and witness it, and what an amazingly spiritual service!  One of the highest highlights of my mission.  

But that's not all!  Things are EXPLODING here!

We've found:
David- the roommate of a less active member here.  We contacted the member, set up a lesson, David came upstairs, we invited him to join us for next time, and he gladly agreed!  We even saw him out jogging yesterday and re-set up an appointment because the last one went through, and he was just as excited about it as he was the first time!  

John- well, we didn't really find him.  He was a media referral to the elders here who cover the family stake surrounding our YSA wards and taught him a few lessons before realizing he was in our stewardship and passed him on to us.  He's super solid and even is working towards a date for baptism!  There are a few hitches to work out, but he really wants to do it!  

Scott- we decided to get a little creative this week.  In our Institute building, there's a rec room with ping-pong, fuesball, and pool tables.  We walked around the building and asked people we saw if they liked any of those games.  One guy named Scott said yes, and we challenged him to a game--if he won, he could just leave after the game, if we won, he had to listen to a message.  Sister Fredrick schooled him in ping-pong, so we had a really good lesson afterwards, and he said we could meet up with him again!

But the miracles don't stop there!  Caleb came to Ariel's baptism and the talks were tailor-made to his needs!  We took him on a church tour earlier that same day, and he came to church yesterday!  Again, the talks were perfect for him.  We could tell he just felt happier.  That's what the Spirit does!

Mirian is having some fears, but we were finally able to hook back up with her last night and read from the Book of Mormon and apply it to her situation.  Though Nephi didn't know exactly how to accomplish what God commanded him to, he still went forth and everything worked out as he relied on the Spirit. (1 Nephi 4:6-7).

Our blender also broke at the beginning the beginning of this week.  Coincidence?  ....Yeah, probably.

It's just amazing to me to see the miracles FLOODING into our area!  It shows that when you're doing the Lord's work in the Lord's way as diligently as you can, He will not let you fail... at least too badly.  Sometimes he allows us to stumble, but when we keep fighting our way through roadblocks, we will eventually see miracles.  He's so aware of us and the work we're all doing--not just for us missionaries.  We've learned and talked about diligence a lot this week, and we're definitely seeing results.  Though none of the success comes directly from us, the Lord is able to bless you as you get out and diligently do what you know you need to do.  The Spirit's not going to slap us upside the head to prompt us to do what we already know what we need to do.  And what we need to do is work--be a creator of our circumstances, not a creature of them.  We are agents to act and not objects to be acted upon.

I hope your week is as incredible as ours have been!  Love you all!
-Sister Jacobson 

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