On Monday I had another amazing missionary experience. I was once again out selling alarm systems door-to-door on the same street as Saturday. Around 6pm I knocked into a very sweet young mom who happened to be single with a 7 year old and 4 year old. As we were filling out paperwork for the alarm the topic of school came up. I told her I went to BYU-Idaho and she said, "So you're Mormon?" I replied, "yes, I am, do you know any?" She then proceeded to tell me that she knew some growing up but didn't fully understand why we are different than other Christian faiths.
I asked if I could share what we believe and she gladly agreed informing me that she keeps an open mind and has been praying for answers/guidance since adversity and divorce plagued her in the past 4 years. She is a strong Christian with a lot of faith! :)
I was happy to receive a strong witness/confirmation from the Holy Ghost that I was again sent to share the message of the Restoration of Christ's gospel and church back to the earth. What a wonderful feeling of peace and joy~being an instrument in God's hands! I felt as though I was sent to share with her the Restoration of Christ's gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith and the bringing forth of The Book of Mormon.
Jesus Christ ordaining His apostles with Priesthood Authority...New Testament
A strong witness came over me and I felt a deep and sincere charity for my new friend. I informed her that I had a Book of Mormon in my trunk for her, (one of the 2 copies the full-time missionaries had given me the night before), and would bring her back a copy before leaving the neighborhood that night.
Joseph Smith's First Vision 1820, Palmyra, New York
She agreed to take a copy, read, and pray and I am so grateful I could share in this experience with her...Thank you!!! May God bless you in your investigation of the Church and The Book of Mormon!
Restoration of the Priesthood authority
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Christ's gospel taught in both world's amongst prophets of old...
8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the atestimony of btwonations is a cwitness unto you that I am God, that I remember one dnation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the twoenations shall run together the testimony of the twonations shall run together also.
Heavenly Father is preparing His children all across the earth to hear His message of The Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Prophet Joseph Smith has restored Christ's original gospel and church in it's entirety! The Book of Mormon is a tangible witness of evidence that this event DID occur. Here is Moroni's promise at the end of The Book of Mormon....
Moroni 10:3-5 (Moroni's promise to all) 3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how amerciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and bponder it in your chearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would aask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not btrue; and if ye shall ask with a csincere heart, with dreal intent, having efaith in Christ, he will fmanifest the gtruth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may aknow the btruth of all things.
After I left her home I knocked a few more doors and came across another middle-aged woman who is a Catholic. She discovered I was a Mormon after talking a few minutes and I told her I was headed back to school as well. She then told me she dated an LDS member back when she was younger but he got killed in a car wreck. And since then she's never really been told what we believe as Latter-day Saints.
I asked her if I could share what we believe with the new full-color Restoration pamphlet? Barb agreed and said she would be very interested to know our beliefs. I explained to her how God has always called a prophet to lead His children on earth in every dispensation and has not wavered in doing so. I then testified of Joseph Smith and the restoration of Christ's original church and The Book of Mormon. I also witnessed of the truthfulness of living apostles and a prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson. She was excited to hear the "good news"=gospel and walked with me to my car to get my last copy of The Book of Mormon. I asked her what she wanted to share on here and Barb said to tell the world that God will answer your prayers for anything you ask and desire to know?... Another humble, open-hearted daughter of God willing to listen open-hearted and gain new light and knowledge.
My heart was full as she departed back to her home with a copy of The Book of Mormon and a Restoration DVD. I then went back over to the young mom's home to deliver her copy of The Book of Mormon and a DVD. She was anxious and excited to get a copy and told me she would read and pray as well as Moroni has directed.
I added my promise along with Moroni to both of these daughter's of God that they WILL get the answers they're in search of if they read and pray... May Heavenly Father continue blessing you for your goodness and desire to know His will for you!
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
This past weekend has been one of lifting and strengthening. Miracles do exist... On Saturday morning I woke up and headed out to work to knock doors and market alarm systems in Indianapolis, Indiana. I was unsure where I was going to work for the day because I had knocked out the neighborhood I worked all week. I decided to drive until the car stopped and got out and began knocking.
-Mesa Arizona Temple
Before I left out of my room I prayed that I may have a successful day and be an instrument in the hands of the Lord. I asked specifically if it was the Father's will to lead me to someone whom I could share the gospel with. I always carry pass along cards and Restoration pamphlets, (a small booklet explaining the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ.)Later that day I knocked into a mother of three boys and actually woke her from resting. She had dental surgery earlier this week and was resting. I explained the alarm and what I was doing and she liked the idea and invited me in. Her youngest son who is 20 was also home with a friend. He offered me a bottle of water. As we sat at the dining table the topic of gospel arose instantly and she asked me how we as Latter-day Saints differed from other churches and religions. I shared with her the calling of prophets in every dispensation and how Heavenly Father is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I testified to her of the Restoration of the gospel and priesthood authority to the prophet Joseph Smith. I also witnessed of The Book of Mormon and it's truthfulness. I taught about a living prophet and twelve apostles today and the building of Holy Temples all across the earth.
-Salt Lake City Temple
The spirit of the Holy Ghost was there very strong and she and I both knew that I was God sent to deliver this message to her. She expressed to me how she has been praying and searching for these missing pieces of truth. I then testified that we met for a reason today beyond the alarm system. She agreed and we rejoiced in the miracle of what just took place. I proceeded to answer a few questions of hers that arose and invited her to come to church with us. Yesterday on Sunday morning I led her to church. It was a perfect day for her to visit with fast and testimony meeting. The first person to introduce herself was the Relief Society President. Then, what I thought was a Senior missionary couple walked by and greeted us. Next my three friends walked in and greeted us along with a few other members of the ward.
Directly following Sacrament meeting, I wanted Sister Higgins to meet the "Senior missionary couple," who happened to be the Mission President and his wife. :)
-Moroni burying the brass plates...later to be translated into The Book of Mormon-Another Testament of Jesus Christ
They invited us to the gospel principles class which happened to be on missionary work. After the class, they invited us over for dinner later that day at 5pm and to watch The Restoration video. Sister Higgins stayed with Sister Corey, (Mission President's wife) in Relief Society and had a great lesson on temples.
At a quarter to 5, I called to confirm our 5pm dinner appointment and at first Sister Higgins said she was tired and asked for a rain check. I told her that it meant a lot to me and was a unique opportunity to go to their home for dinner. I knew opposition would be working on her. After a moment she said ok, I'll come but can I wear jeans? I said, "Of course, that is fine!"
We met there a little after 5pm and had a lovely dinner that Sister Corey prepared. We had a great dinner conversation and then watched the Restoration video. The Elders, Elder Lanaro and Huntsman, were very excited to share in this experience as was I. They shared with Sister Higgins the importance of baptism and being baptized by someone who holds the proper authority. They testified of The Book of Mormon and asked her if she would be baptized into God's church after praying about it and finding out if she should...
What an amazing experience this has been and strengthening of my testimony. Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways and all things are in His timetable. I know that He has been preparing Sister Higgins heart and she was ready to hear this message of hope, peace, and glad tidings of joy. As a solid Christian, Sister Higgins is grounded in the Holy Bible and is very familiar with all the stories in the Old Testament and New Testament. She has blessed my life and I am grateful that I was led by the spirit to go and do the will of the Father. I know that she and I met for this special reason and I am in awe pondering the power and wisdom of God.
-Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
I pray that this experience may strengthen those who read it. It has surely strengthened my testimony and desire to be a member missionary and share the restored message of Christ's gospel with as many as I can. I know that God lives and that His Son, Jesus Christ, came and atoned and died for each of us. I know that He too lives and leads His church through our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. How grateful I am for the workings of a loving Heavenly Father! Sister Higgins, Know this that YOU are never alone!~