Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Week of Miracles and Tornados!

Well it was definitely an interesting week! We had the opportunity to fast twice this week. We had a mission wide fast on Wednesday and then our ward did a special ward council fast on Sunday. We definitely saw the miracles come from it!
Miracle #1-
On Wednesday I went on exchanges! I went to a place called Lee's Summit with Sister Jex. She is so sweet and such a good missionary. She goes home this next transfer so it was really neat to work with a missionary who was almost done and I'm brand new! Like I said, we were fasting all day and when we were pulling up to dinner, this guy walks up to us and starts talking to us. He tells us that he is interested to learn about the church. We were SO shocked but SO happy! He seriously walked right up to us and told us to come over! He said he had met with the missionaries a while back, but wants to start the lessons again, and saw us, and didn't want to wait any longer!
Miracle #2/Tornado #1-
After Sister Jex and I ate dinner in Lee's Summit, we drove out to a place called Pleasant Hill to teach a lesson. We were teaching a recent convert named Anthony, and since he was home alone, we were teaching him outside. While we were reading the Book of Mormon, we heard REALLY loud thunder, but didn't think much of it. A few minutes later, Anthony's neighbors came running up and asked us, all panicked, if we knew what was going on. Obviously we didn't, so we asked, and apparently we were under tornado watch! Sister Jex and I started panicking, so we said a prayer with Anthony and ran to our car. We checked our phone in the car and there was 5 voicemails, and about 20 texts all saying to take shelter. Sister Jex is in an area where she lives with members in Lee's Summit, which is about 30 minutes away from Pleasant Hill. So, knowing very little about tornados, we started driving, and it started POURING rain. Like, I have never seen it like this before. I don't even know how to explain it! I felt so bad for Sister Jex driving, because we seriously couldn't see a thing out of the window. But we wanted to get home so badly so we kept driving! We got a text that said the tornado touched down in Lee's Summit (right where we were driving to!!!) and asked if we were okay. We started really freaking out. Many prayers were said in the car. The wind and rain were crazy. There aren't words to describe how scary it was. We made it home safely, and as soon as we walked in, we got another text saying that the tornado touched down in Pleasant Hill, where we were JUST teaching! So, we literally drove THROUGH  a tornado.... My first experience with a tornado and we ended up driving through it. It was a MIRACLE we were okay. There was some damages to high schools and some semis on the freeway, but they say that's nothing major. We were definitely protected that day!
Miracle #3-
The next day, Sister Jex and I had a list of 6 people to go see. So we went to these houses, and not a single person was there. We were so bummed. After the last one, we decided to go tracting. We stopped by this one house and this woman answered the door and was speaking French. We asked if she spoke English and she could thank goodness. She had moved here from Africa. And she LOVES Jesus. We started talking to her and then honestly she started teaching us. It was a really neat experience. She has a testimony in EVERYTHING that we believe. We told her she already knows what we know and she was so happy. We gave her the Book of Mormon and she was so excited to read it. She even set up a follow up appointment! I am so sad I didn't get to meet with her again. But she truly is a miracle because she taught me so much about faith and after a long day of not being able to talk to anyone, she invites us in and absolutely loves everything we say.
Miracle #4-
John and Brea.  We have seen so many miracles with this couple!  It's been awesome to see their blessings as they have made so many steps in faith.  John even came to church!  I've loved teaching them about this gospel and watching them gain faith little by little.

Miracle #5/Tornado #2-
Yesterday, Sister C and I were on shift at the VC and it was super busy. All 6 sisters had presentations! But the tornado sirens started going off. So in the middle of all of our presentations, the Toronto's came and gathered everyone together in one of the theaters. There were some really young children so we started singing some primary songs and then Sister Toronto turned on the Joseph Smith movie for them to watch. Us sisters were having so much fun out in the rain, haha (when we definitely should have been safe inside). It was so crazy to see the clouds and to see them spiraling, forming a tornado! It was the loudest thunder I have ever heard in my life. So, obviously eventually we went back inside. We were on lock down for about an hour. I felt bad for all the kids though, who didn't know what was going on. But we were protected and I'm so grateful for the safety in the Visitors Center. Not even a week, I was in two tornados!
About our other investigators... Randy is a stubborn one. He is seriously the best but he won't set a baptism date! He already does everything members do, including paying fast offerings! For some reason though, he has a hard time deciding on a date to be baptized. I think we have it narrowed down to next week though, so let's hope that happens. We had an appointment with Michelle. We watched the Joseph Smith movie with her and then we were talking about baptism with her. (She had been on date previously, but she was living with her boyfriend so she stopped meeting with the missionaries after she learned the law of Chastity. But now she is interested again). We were talking about all the blessings that would come from baptism just like how the Saints were blessed so much for being faithful to the commandments. And then I asked her to be baptized! She said she would get back to us with an answer... I hope she knows how blessed she will be!
Missouri is awesome. I love it here so much. And the people are INCREDIBLE. It opens my eyes to what all is outside of Eagle, Idaho. Thank you all so much for all of your emails and support! It honestly helps me make it through the rough days! I love you all so much!

This painting hangs in the Visitor's Center-Mallory feels so much strength from it!
Mallory did exchanges with Sister Jex
Sister Moss and Sister Christiansen in their KC Royals gear
She's a baseball fan now?!!!!
Some of the beautiful sisters that serve in the Visitor's Center

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