Connor!!!! I love you, Bro!!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON THE MISSION CALL TO CHICAGO!!!!! Your experiences are going to be different than mine, but I know that it will be perfect for you. Elder Nielson shared with me that we are often called to a mission president and his wife, as well as the area that we serve. I know that I was supposed to serve with President and Sister Simmons here in Malaysia. I love being a missionary! I love my family! I love the Gospel!!!
Has the day of miracles ceased?? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Elder S and I have tried to do all we can to continue to repent, consecrate ourselves, and focus on connecting people with heaven. Each day is filled with spiritual experiences, joy, sometimes tears, and always gratitude. I love being a missionary. I love serving the Lord. I love sharing my testimony with the people all around me.
I gave him a call, prayed, bore testimony, and asked if we could come over and talk. When we arrived at his house, there was another lady there waiting for us. She was his English teacher and the pastor's daughter. I immediately thought, "Oh no, this is going to turn into an argument that will not invite the Spirit." We introduced ourselves, then we sat down and asked about his questions and concerns. He explained some things he'd read about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith, then he asked us to share.
We prayed, reestablished our focus on bringing everyone closer to Christ, and retaught the Restoration. The Spirit was powerful. I know that Heavenly Father gave us the gift of tongues, because Elder S and I had never taught so simply, clearly, and powerfully. When we finally got to the first vision, the pastor's daughter's eyes were filled with tears. We bore sincere testimony of our Savior, the Restoration, the Book of Mormon, and a modern day prophet. We invited our investigator to read and pray to find out for himself, but he is not longer interested in learning more.
The pastor's daughter interrupted us and went on to explain that she did know understand what Mormons believe. She had many misconceptions about our religion and beliefs of God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost. She asked for a Book of Mormon and told us she would read, pray, and wanted to meet again. Although I was sad about our investigator's change of heart, I was amazed that the Lord blessed us with an opportunity to meet with somebody we could have never contacted on our own.
I know this is the Lord's work, and I know the only way we can help people is by testifying of Him with the Spirit.