Sunday, September 6, 2009

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My Sheep will hear my voice~

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the awilderness, and brivers in the desert.
-Isaiah 43:19

-San Diego Temple
  1. 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!~


Poulsen Family said...

Kind of funny that I have to read about what you were doing the last 24 hours through your blog! Good to see you were hard at work- spiritually.

Brett and Tiffany said...

What an amazing story. Heavenly Father is looking out for each one of us. He does know what we need...most of the time better than what we know we need! See you soon!

johnandjana said...

Christopher, that is awesome. I truly believe that you were led to her and I am so grateful that you were in tune with the spirit. You are an amazing young man and I love you! See you soon.

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