"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do." - John 14:12
While biking to an appointment one evening, Elder Herr and I passed by an Outback Steakhouse. The neon lights in its letters had gone out, making it an Outhouse. I wonder how long it will take them to notice that.
Very quickly -- I am staying in Lakefield but will be getting a new companion. He will be my eighth companion in eight transfers, which is highly unusual. I'm thinking that if the Lord ever brings back plural marriage I will have been prepared for it.
I will miss my current companion, though. I will miss Herr a lot. Making puns about Herr was so much fun.
This week was an eventful one. On Saturday the 8-year old daughter of our Elders' quorum president was baptized. We had two investigator families at the service, and it was very beautiful.
We are currently working with the _____ family. They were progressing very well until Brother _____'s mother-in-law suddenly showed up. In short, she is living evidence that the adversary will oppose any attempt to come unto Christ. She embarasses Brother _____ terribly. After one particular lesson Brother _____, who does not like his mother-in-law, escorted us outside to talk about it. I commented to him, "Youdo know we believe in eternal families, right?"
One advantage of the mother-in-law being here is that we can get Brother _____ to do basically whatever we want as long as it gets him out of the house and away from her. On Saturday we even got him to come out teaching with us. He came with us to a part-member less-active family and actually did a really good job, bearing testimony of the First Vision after we shared it. I had never seen anything like it -- aninvestigator teaching members. It was unbelievably epic.
Later that day we succeeded in getting Brother _____ and his son to stake conference. It wasextremely good. I could share all sorts of good things from the speakers but I will save it for another day. I want you to know that our stake president is awesome, though.
This conference led me to realize that the Lord grants requests. A few weeks ago I had realized that I'd never met an Area Seventy and I wished that I could. And lo! at stake conference Elder Meredith was presiding. After the Saturday evening session I remarked to Elder Herr, "Well, with that, the only position I've never met is a temple president." And behold, the next day President Amacher of the Raleigh Temple was there.
I had the opportunity to be a part of a powerful experience this last week. On Thursday we found ourselves with twenty open minutes. I decided to go and try a less-active that we hadn't been able to contact in over a month, an elderly sister named A___. She was home, but a few minutes into the conversation her daughter and her niece J_____, both adults, walked into the room. The next day J_____ was scheduled to go in to the doctor for tests, as she had cancer. A___'s daughter, a member, had told J_____, a nonmember, that we could give her a blessing in preparation for it.
We agreed. I briefly explained what a blessing was to J_____, read the story of the woman with an issue of blood, and explained to her that healing comes from faith. We then sat her down and I gave her the blessing. Afterwards many of the people in the room were in tears. We rescheduled to return on Saturday.
When we returned, J_____ explained to us that a month ago, when she had gone in for testing, the doctors had found four growths and a grapefruit-sized tumor. When she had gone in yesterday, they found nothing and, slightly bewildered, had declared that she was cancer-free and could go.
I am not saying that the blessing caused the tumor to magically shrivel up and go away. For one thing, I'm pretty certain that I don't have that kind of faith. But things didn't have to happen that way for the occurrence to be miraculous. I am certain that the Lord knew at what time to send us to give that blessing so that it would be a faith-building experience for J_____ when she went in for her appointment.
I am honored that the Lord would allow me to participate in such a story. I am honored that He would allow me to have been a part of it. It has been at times like these that I begin to understand what it really means to be a representative of Jesus Christ.
I know that this Church is true. I love you all. Hurrah for Israel!