Dear mom, dad, and family,
One of the longer weeks of my mission but accompanied with some meaningful miracles and even good laughs.
Saturday morning we were walking to some apartments maybe a half-mile from us. There was a guy sitting on a bench on his tablet so I decided to give him a card. He starts asking questions and we teach for about 10 minutes. He asks if he can have a Book of Mormon then if he could circle something in there...okay. Sure. He circles 3 Nephi 5:13, "That was my mission scripture." Takes a second to register. "I went to Washington." Oh, too funny. We got to teach a returned missionary for 10 minutes! The funny...ironic...blessing...was that it was in response to something I had prayed for specifically the night before. The Lord hears us. and answers us. and if He can uses His sense of humor. Also goes to show you are never done being a missionary and can also always help the missionaries :)
Yesterday, we had six less-active members and recent-converts at church! Most of whom we had very little expectation of seeing them there. It was amazing to watch one after another trickle in and then to sit down and see even more sitting around us that we had missed.
Quotes of the week from Gospel Principles:
Recent convert: "The Holy Ghost is like God. He is a gentleman. He does not force himself on us."
Ward Missionary: "The Holy Ghost likes to be fed, I think. Especially early in the day."
I love our gospel principles class. I have never been in a place where everyone was so concerned for the welfare and happiness of every other individual in the room. That is what I believe true charity is, having the welfare of the souls around you be the motive by which you do anything. It is so real. Almost tangible. It is a wonderful feeling to simply want the best for someone and then doing something to make it happen.