Monday, March 7, 2016

A Week of Miracles

Hi Everyone!

It has been a fun and busy week of miracles!

We were able to teach the first discussion to a referral we got from bishop this week! Her name is Sarah, and she just recently left the last church she was in because she felt like something was missing. She was also going to Salt Lake City for Spring break with her aunt! It was a perfect opportunity to share how our church was founded right before she was going to visit temple square! We invited her to read the Book of Mormon and to go to the different visitor centers on the square. She was so excited to hear that we have a prophet and apostles on the earth today!

On Thursday night, all of our appointments fell through for the evening and we had no idea what to do! Right after dinner, two men walked in asking about our church. One of them was baptized two years ago, but didn't remember any of the lessons. The other one wasn't a member, but as we were talking to him, we found that he has a lot of the same beliefs that we have! Heavenly Father was really looking out for us that night!

Our English class at the Institute

My favorite experience was on Friday morning! We were meeting with one of our new Chinese investigators, and the time before we asked her to read Alma 32 which is about faith and how you can know if your faith is blessing you.  When we asked her what she thought about it, she said, "It's not new, it's just truth." She barely learned who Jesus Christ was in our last lesson, but she has such a great desire to learn more because she can see happy people are when they follow Him. It's been such an amazing experience to be able to teach these Chinese students even though there is such a large language barrier. I know that they don't understand everything we are saying, but they know what the Spirit is telling them. There is no way that I would be able to help grow their faith without the Holy Ghost! I'm so grateful that we have a loving Father in Heaven who blesses us with confirmations from the Spirit!

Making Chinese Dumplings with Hannah

I know that Joseph Smith restored the fullness of the gospel back on the earth. I am so grateful for his faith and willingness to bring back that truth. I know that as we read the Book of Mormon and try to abide by its precepts, our lives will be blessed. If we aren't sure if the Book of Mormon is true, we can pray and ask our Father in Heaven and He will confirm the truthfullness of it through the power of the Holy Ghost. When I prayed to know, I got the answer that it was true and that I needed to serve a mission and share that knowledge with other people. I know that Jesus Christ suffered for not only our sins, but also our pains and afflictions. When we follow, Him and live His gospel, we can use that gift He gave us to repent and become better. There is no way that I could be serving and helping as many people as I am without His strength and help. I am also grateful for all of your support and help while I am out here serving!

Sister Jacobsen