My dearest family,
I can't possibly express to you how blessed I am! And how blessed we are! The gospel changes lives. I get to witness it everyday. I was thinking this morning about how great my life is- no homework, no tests, no drama, no worries... just feeling the Spirit and preaching the gospel all day! Our only worry is for the salvation of God's children :)
One day this week, we were walking outside in the freezing cold, and breaking the news to people that all the buildings were closed (due to a special, private tour that was being taken). We saw President Holmes talking with a lady, and when he saw us walking by, he asked us to take her to go see the Conference Center (since it was the only one open). We happily accepted. Cindy, from Texas, came to SLC because her daughter is trying out for So You Think You Can Dance TV show. She was such an amazing lady with high standards and a love for the Lord. She just hadn't ever heard of the restored gospel before! The Spirit was so strong as we took her to the auditorium to see where thousands gather to listen to the prophet speak. Tears came to her eyes as she felt a taste of true happiness that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ. She wanted a copy of the Book of Mormon, and missionaries to come share more with her! We were happy that President Holmes was inspired enough to talk to the right person at the right time, and Sister Woo and I happened to be there, available to take the tour! :)
The 3rd of February was Chinese New Year!! All the Asians and their companions decided to celebrate. Since we only have a limited time for lunch, we all went to the food court nearby and had Chinese food (Americanized of course, but still delicious) YUM! :) I'm pretty sure I'm Asian at heart lol.
Throughout this week, we have been calling Christina quite frequently, to teach her more lessons. We are almost done with all the lessons now, and she's keeping every commitment that we give her! The only thing that was a problem was that she works on Sundays. So she agreed to join us and pray everyday that her boss would let her have Sundays off. She asked him a week ago, and he said no. We kept praying, and sure enough, we received an email from her saying that he actually needed her to take Sundays off (starting next week) because of schedule changes. She was amazed (as were we!), and it strengthened all of our testimonies of the power of prayer. The Lord is there listening to us. He answers our prayers, as we are sincere, faithful, believing, and willing to submit to his will. We're now praying that she can get a hold of the bishop there in MO (he hasn't been answering the phone all week!!), and that the missionaries will hurry over there so she can be baptized! She even fasted with us yesterday, even though she had work. As we taught her about the law of tithing and the law of the fast, she already mentioned that she wanted to give to the poor, so she went on the website and found all this information about Humanitarian service. She decided to buy supplies and put together humanitarian kits! (this was all on her own!) Her friends at school ask her why she's doing all this stuff. And then she asks them why they aren't doing this stuff! She's such a great missionary already and shares what she learns with her friends. I decided to sign her up to receive the New Era magazines every month. And I might just mail her a Book of Mormon myself, if those missionaries don't get over there soon! She's been reading the Book of Mormon online. She's already finished with Alma!
Last night we met a woman and her 12-year-old daughter (who looks like she's 19, seriously), who joined the church about 3 years ago. The mother (Windy) used to be a stripper in a bar, married to a terrible man, and lived a pretty bad life. She also dealt with drug addictions and high anxiety. The missionaries knocked on their door one day, and for the first time in her life, she felt the anxiety leave her. She finally felt true peace. Three years later, she's now a Relief Society teacher, visiting teacher, and a beautiful young lady who loves the gospel and is so close to the Lord! That, my friends, is why I mentioned at the beginning of this email that the gospel truly changes lives. She and her daughter look like the best of friends (it reminded me of you and me, Mom!) and look so happy! I love this gospel :)
We've also seen a change in our new friend Joe from the UK. He didn't believe in God at all when we first talked to him, but we committed him to read the Book of Mormon, and he's already half way through. He seemed like a completely different person the second time we called him. He feels peace when he reads it. He wants to believe in God; we even had him pray over the phone, and it was such a sweet and sincere prayer. Joe truly wants to know the truth, and he's on the right path!
I know that all of these amazing stories happen, but not because of me. I am merely an instrument in God's hands, helping this work carry forth. Little miracles like this happen multiple times each day! It's so neat to see God's hand in all things! I wish you could all be here with me to witness it!
We've been meeting SO many people lately who don't believe in God and who need signs in order to believe. It's been an interesting experience to share my own feelings and testimony, and then to share scriptures from the Book of Mormon. It has such a strong power to it, which is accompanied by the power of the Holy Ghost, who testifies of its truthfulness. Here's a scripture that I like to use:
"...faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." ~Ether 12:6.
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
God will show himself unto you after you desire to have that faith and belief in him. Some people don't have this desire, so a scripture that touches them is this one:
"But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words." ~Alma 32:27.
We've seen people exercise just a particle of that faith, and it changes lives. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! :)
Love you all to Pluto and back! Talk to you SOON!!
Sister Rochelle Frogget