This past week we've been doing a lot of tracting and finding less-actives. We visited about 15 less-actives in two days and of those 15 only 1 of them hadn't moved away or gotten married. Although it was a little disappointing it was worth it because we were able to update a lot of people on the ward directory. As for our tracting experiences, I know that, Heavenly Father has been blessing not only my companion and I, but the other missionaries serving in the areas where we were tracting. We met so many wonderful people.
One of the wonderful people we met was S. S was baptized by Martin Luther King Jr., she is an opera singer, and ever since she was little she has wanted to join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. When we first knocked on her door S was friendly, but as we began to talk with her a little more our conversation turned from a friendly conversation into a mini-lesson. We talked about many things mainly consisting of the Book of Mormon, God's love for His children, and serving our fellow brothers and sisters. By the end of our conversation she was very desirous to have a copy of the Book of Mormon and to learn more. In fact, if there was a "golden investigator" column in our goals she would have been in it.
By the end of our conversation we were so excited to pass her off to the other Sisters serving in the home ward, but as we talked further we found out that she lives in Michigan and was visiting her daughter and grandchildren for the holidays. It was a little sad knowing that in the future when she was being taught that we couldn't follow up with her and see how she was progressing, but it was comforting to know that this really is the Lord's work and that nothing can stop it, not even location. I felt peace in knowing that there are missionaries almost everywhere, including Michigan, and that we had met Sherry for a reason. I have no doubt about that. I am so grateful to have met her.
Another miracle we had while tracting was with three 9th graders. As we were tracting one evening we came across a house with no lights on and no car(s) in the driveway. It was getting dark, we were almost done, and could fit in about one to two more houses before we had to leave for our dinner appointment so when we saw this house we decided to move on and knock on homes that seemed more likely to have people in them, but just as we decided to keep going something told us to go back, so we followed.
When we first knocked on the door there was nothing but silence. We waited, but still nothing, so we knocked again. All of sudden we heard footsteps and suddenly the door opened. All we saw was this girl hiding behind the door and her two friends waiting kind of in the background of the room. Suddenly, one of them walked forward and began talking with us, a little caught off-guard we began to reassure them that we were missionaries sharing a message of peace and joy.
Although a little rocky at first, our meeting turned into a very special visit. We talked about many things, mainly the Plan of Happiness and by the end of our conversation/lesson each of the girls really wanted a copy of the Book of Mormon. Again I knew that we met those girls for a reason, even though we won't be able to teach them I am confident in the other Sisters and in the Lord.
Thank you for your thought on Helaman .It is such a powerful scripture, especially now, as the world is getting darker and the dawn of the coming of our Savior is getting closer. I am so very grateful for that foundation! Thank you for building me on it. :)
I am so grateful for the opportunity to do the Lord's work and to experience the joyful fruits that come from helping others. It's truly the greatest. I hope that as this new week begins and the new year commences that each of us can remember the great work that we have been blessed to participate in. I love ya'll sooooooooooo much-oooooooooooo!!!! Remember that ya'll are always in my prayers. I'm so proud of you, I believe in you, and most importantly the Lord believes in you. I hope ya'll have the best week!
Lots of love (from your favorite Sister Missionary),
Sister Megan Rice