North Carolina Charlotte Mission

Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are your brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee. -Alma 31:35

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

5/27/14 "Cheerfully do all things"

"Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." - D&C 123:17

So, everything cancelled this week. 90% of our appointments fell through, many investigators fell off the map, and even the baptism we'd planned for this past Sunday didn't happen at the last minute.

But, of course, life goes on, in a fruitful and happy way. 

While doing service for a recent convert we noted that there was a stray kitten hiding in her bushes, and the sister we were helping asked us to catch it for her. We never would have been able to find it in there except that, whenever we said "Meow," it would meow back at us. It was like some kind of inter-species game of Marco Polo. 

Elder Fisher was the one who caught the kitten when it lost its cool and made a break for it. He soon discovered that it had claws and hurriedly passed it off to Elder Arnold, who was wearing the gloves. The kitten is now living happily with its new family.

We had just barely sat down in a lesson with a less-active last week when all of a sudden he got a knock on his door. He answered it and then, turning to us with a slightly puzzled expression on his face, he said, "It's for you."

I went out and talked to the man standing outside. His name was Guillermo, a member of the Church from Matagalpa, Nicaragua, who has been in the United States only a month. He had been wondering where the local church unit was and he was driving down the street when all of a sudden he saw two missionaries walk into a house. He immediately stopped his car in the middle of the road and left it with the emergency flashers going so that he could come and knock on the door of that house and catch us.

It was a good lesson for me in devotion. Guillermo stopped the very instant he saw us so that he could talk to us. Shows that the Lord needs us to respond quickly to things He sends our way.

I guess I'm at a loss as to what to say more. It's just been one of those weeks. But the Church is still true! And the work is still wonderful!

Love you all. Hurrah for Israel!

Elder Fisher 

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