Friday, October 2, 2009

August 17th 2009



Hi All,

We had a baptism that went really well. The Spirit was so strong and a lot of people came out to support him. It was so fulfilling to see someone that I taught get baptized, especially after learning that he might not be able to for 2 years!! A few days after his baptism, he even came with us to a lesson with an investigator as the fellowshipper. He was the most golden investigator a missionary could ask for.

I've also included a picture of a super cool lizard we found. We saw it on the sidewalk after the big rainstorm that was a result of the Tropical Storm that was supposed to come through Hawaii. We were tracting and thought the lizard was fake. Sister Matthew picked it up and we realized it was REAL and likely not alive... Being the weirdos that we are, we took it home to take pictures of it. Haha but you have to admit it looks cool.

On Thursday, Elder Kikuchi came and spoke to us for the all-Oahu Zone Conference. He talked about the importance of keeping the morning schedule and making sure that our study time isn't just studying, but our own “Sacred Grove” time. He kind of talked about this in his Ensign article this month (http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?locale=0&sourceId=8bbe15e67b5b2210VgnVCM100000176f620a). He talked about the importance of obedience with exactness, faith, prayer, and diligence. Our mission's goal is to have 100 baptisms this month, and he said, “You can do it, you can get 110 baptisms. But remember, it's not about the numbers, it's about the FAITH.” Faith can truly bring miracles to pass. We just need to strengthen our faith enough to see that happen. And the BEST way to strengthen one's faith is through diligence and obedience. It was a good, motivational meeting and helped me to gain my focus back.

I have one more story to share that really stands out to me from last week. A couple days ago we were doing what we call “Windows to Heaven”. During our nightly plan, we choose somewhere we want to go to talk to people (usually by tracting, but it can be street contact or other things). We set a time when we will be there and pray to Heavenly Father (about 8 times in one day) that those who are prepared to hear the gospel will be home at that time. Most of the people we are teaching right now were found during Windows to Heaven, so I know it works! But this day, we went to a street that REALLY stood out to me during planning, so I was sure it was going to be a jackpot. We didn't end up finding anyone to teach, but there was one person that I'll never forget, and I think he was the reason we needed to go there. He started out really nice. He knew that we were from the LDS church and said he knew a lot of Mormons that were really good people. Then he started going on about some website that 2 ex-Mormons made. Supposedly they are archaeologists and were trying to prove the Book of Mormon is true, but instead couldn't find any archaeological evidence that the Lamanites and Nephites existed. We've run into some pretty rude anti-Mormons before, but they never really bothered me. There was something about this guy that I couldn't shake. He continued that he believe in the Jesus Christ of the New Testament ONLY, and not “ours”. He spent a lot of time trying to tell us that the Bible is the most historically accurate book ever and that the Book of Mormon is false. Something inside of me couldn't keep quiet anymore, but it wasn't the opinionated and bossy Bridget trying to get out. I knew it was something else. So I asked him if he based his faith on physical evidence. He said no, that he had a spiritual experience where he truly came to know the Savior. Then he continued to talk about how the Book of Mormon isn't true. So I asked him if he had ever read it, and he said no. He started to say something else but kind of faltered in his words so I “opened my mouth and it was filled”

I said, “Well I have read this book and I KNOW it is true by the power of the Holy Ghost. I have prayed about it and I received a Spiritual witness that it is true.” He tried to say something about Joseph Smith, but before he could, I said, “Do you know who Joseph Smith is? He's my great great great grand-Uncle, and he is REAL. He was a man of GOD and I know this by the Holy Ghost.” He said, “Well have you ever been to this website? (giving the web address).” I said, “No. Because I don't need men to try to convince me that what God has told me isn't true.” We started to walk away and he shouted “well good luck at the judgment!”

My eyes were tearing up, but I couldn't help but smile at that comment because I knew that I had spoken the truth. I felt like Joseph Smith when he said, “I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it;” I know that Joseph Smith was called of God and I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and I know that this church is the only complete, full, and true church of God. I know it. And I know that God knows it. And I cannot deny it, neither dare I do so.

I don't know if I had an impact on this man or not, but this event strengthened my testimony a LOT. And I know that we were led to this man, by God, for a reason unknown to me. I don't know if this man will ever change, but I hope he knows that I am looking forward to the judgment day :)


I love you all and miss you!

Love,
Beejoso

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