Saturday, May 30, 2015

Quite an eventful week!

So on Monday, we were trying to find this referral, and apparently they live right next to these members, the Beus family.  So since we had their address from the directory, we were trying to find their street.  Well, we were way up in the mountains and apparently took a wrong turn to find their house and ended up on the very top of the hill/mountain to this gravel parking-lot looking thing.  There was a path that led to the other side of the hill, and we thought, well, let's see if their house is over there! So we began to drive down this steep inclined path but only got a few feet before we realized that this was a farming path, not even a gravel road, (keep in mind it had been raining for the last few days) and our car began to slip down the mud, and though Sister Leon, who was driving, tried to stop, the car ran right into a fence post.  Like I said, we had only gone a few feet, so the impact was minimal, so no injury.  The car damage wasn't even that bad.  But we were now stuck in the mud because the car's wheels were just spinning in place whichever way we tried to go.  So we had to call the Beus family, explain to them our predicament, and their two oldest boys came and spent almost an hour trying to tow us out. They got our car out and all was well, thank goodness! Crazy stuff.

There were a couple of days of this week where we met some people that really were not interested and really made it known how much they did not want to talk to us.  The fact that this happened several times within a short period of time really worked up my temper.  Luckily I have pretty good control of my anger, so I was courteous in front of them, of course, but it just really bothered me for the rest of the day.  I thought of all the ridicule that Alma the Younger and the Sons of Mosiah went through while they were on their missions, as that is the part of the Book of Mormon that I have been reading lately.  They withstood so many people contending with them, trying to make fools of them, even hurting them physically and imprisoning them.  Then I thought, "well, whenever they are ridiculed, all they have to do is tell them that God will show them a sign, and then that non-believer is always struck down, or struck dumb, or something crazy happens!  But that never happens to us, of course."  The next day, I read about Aaron and his brothers proselyting to the Amalekites in Alma 21.  The Amalekites ridicule Aaron for his teachings, and verse 10 said:  

10 And it came to pass as he began to expound these things unto them they were angry with him, and began to mock him; and they would not hear the words which he spake.
 11 Therefore, when he saw that they would not hear his words, he departed out of their synagogue, and came over to a village...
Aaron probably wondered the same thing I did. Why couldn't he show his power, or some great miracle, when his brother Ammon and Alma and many others were.  But that's just not what the Lord had in store for these particular people. So Aaron didn't busy himself with worrying about it or being angry about it.  When he saw that they didn't want to listen, he simply left. He left and searched for someone who would.  Well, that's the lesson I learned this week. Be patient in afflictions and pray for those that offend you.  It really does help to ask God to bless those that "curse you" and "despitefully use you". 
Then we had some MIRACLES when we found 2 new investigators and 1 family that has tons of potential to become a fantastic investigator.  I really don't know why the Lord is giving us all these miracles,but I know that He loves me and I guess that's His way of showing it!
This gospel is soooo true! Love you all sooo much!
God Bless,
Sister Moreland

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