One thing I love about being a missionary is being able to wake up everyday and thinking, “What amazing miracle does Heavenly Father have in store for us today?” This week was a spiritual roller coaster. I felt like it was the biggest exercise of faith that I had ever experienced on my mission. But I believe it was because of our added amount of faith and higher expectation of miracles that we were able to see so many miracles this week.
Here are just a few from this week:
Miracle 1: On Tuesday, we had a lesson fell through so we decided try out TRACTING!!! Heavenly Father blessed us with a good first experience. We met an old German man who just opened his whole life up to us – his wife died a year ago right before Christmas, his parents dying in a plane crash, etc.. We testified to him of the Plan of Salvation and he agreed to meet with the missionaries! So we passed him off to the English elders. He also suggested to knock on one of his neighbors’ door! So after we said bye to him, we went to go find apartment number two and guess what? We saw an old Chinese man coming
out of apartment number two to take his trash out! We offered to take his trash to the dumpster for him and HE LET US! This was such a tender mercy for two reasons. The first is because that morning, I asked a Heavenly Father to let us be able to contact someone through an act of service and BAM there it was. The second reason is because a Chinese person accepted our service! This NEVER happens. I have never been so happy taking garbage out to the dumpster.
Wednesday was a rough day. El Niño came for a bit so it was down pouring. We were so fortunate though because unlike most missionaries, we had a car so we could still make our appointments. Well, all our appointments fell through so we decided to go through our list of formers. Some other names popped into my head so we decided to try them too. No one was home. We felt so lost and I felt like we were wasting our miles trying a bunch of people who weren’t even home. We probably said more prayers together that day than I have ever said with any other companion. And tender mercies and miracles happened.
Miracle 2: While we were getting gas, one of our potentials called us and we were able to finally set up a time to meet with her and share our message! We had been trying for two months prior to this phone call. WOW!!! And our lesson (which was the next day) was awesome. She is so open and willing to learn and begin to develop that relationship
with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I love her to bits already.
Miracle 3: After about two hours of knocking on empty house, I had a feeling to try to visit our dear friend, G, again. She’s the one who was doing all the commitments but not getting any feeling or answer whatsoever. Her daughter in law recently had a baby so she has been helping her do that traditional one month of confinement after childbirth thing that Chinese people do. So basically, we haven’t been able to see her in over a week. We tried knocking her door earlier that day, but no one answered. When we went back the second time, I had a sure feeling that she was going to be home. We knocked her door
and no one answered. I was so determined that she was home so I knocked and knocked again. There was still no answer so with a heavy heart, we decided to walk back to our car. Right when we turned around, we saw G pull in the driveway!!!!! I couldn’t even believe it.
GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES. I was so happy! I gave her the biggest hug.
Miracle 4: We had the best phone call on Thursday night. We wanted to double check our appointment with L (our ten year old friend who has been making SO much progress recently) so we called his mom. But instead of his mom picking up, he did! So we got to follow up with his Book of Mormon reading and praying. He told us he has been reading the Book of Mormon more and he prays before he reads EVERY time!!! And then he was like “Oh I have something else I want to tell you!” He told us that he felt like the Holy Ghost was with him because there were a lot of times where he didn’t know what to do and then he would have a feeling to do something and then the result would be good!” OH MY GOODNESS. I was on the verge of tears. And miraculously, Sister Gong even understood what he said (he was talking in English)! He said he is ready to be baptized on the 24, the only thing is to get official permission from his parents. His mom hasn’t been very
supportive recently so please please please pray for our friend and his mom, that her heart will be softened and that he can get baptized on the 24!! That night when I was saying my bedtime prayers, I literally just started sobbing. I felt like Ammon in Alma 26:11. My heart was brim with joy.
Miracle 5: This week was one of the hardest weeks in terms of finding but miraculously, we were able to hit our mission’s standard of excellence for new investigators! We were able to find FIVE! It’s another testament to me that this is definitely the Lord’s work and when we completely humble ourselves to Him and acknowledge the fact we can’t do anything without Him, He gives us miracles. Also, eight of our friends came to church! That was definitely a sweet blessing, especially since no investigators came last week.