This past week has been Miraculous!
Yesterday at church we had a great sacrament meeting and at the conclusion of the meeting the person sitting behind us tapped my companion on the sholder and introduced himself as D., a member of a Cross Roads Ward. He then introduced us to his son S. by saying, "This is my son S. (Age 24) who wants to get baptized." We told them that we could help them out with that and scheduled an appointment for this up coming Tuesday. We brought him to the Gospel Principles class and got to know him a little better. He has taught himself how to fluently speak 5 languages, half of them being dead languages. He is also a semi-professional musician and is currently working for Visa credit cards providing them with high tech identity theft protection for their world wide industry. In other words this man is incredibly intelligent. In Elders Quorum the lesson was on the Holy Ghost. During part of the lesson it spoke of how a person may have the spirt caome and manifest itself unto them and then withdraw. He spoke in the class of how he has had that exact thing happen. A year ago he clearly heard a voice tell him that all the churches on the earth were lacking truth but that he was to be baptized in "the Mormon church" because of the way we baptize. He then spoke of how no other church has athourity except ours and that he intends to be baptized and go to the Salt Lake Temple to do baptisms for the dead, to heed the voice of the spirit. S. has been taught the missionary lessons twice and we are going to go over them once again simply to make sure he clearly understands the doctrine and is willing to live it. We feel that we will go through the lessons very quickly possibly in one or two visits. He wants to be baptized as soon as possible and we feel that he will be able to be baptized on the 2nd of August or the 9th. This truly is a miracle and a witness that this is the Lord's work and He is preparing His children and gathering them in.
We also taught many lessons with members. We have a great fellowshiping family for our investigator T. and they have helped us to be able to visit her. We have had a great lesson on faith and she has started to read in the Book of Mormon. She is struggling to make it to church. She always seems to have something come up. But we are continuing to work with her.
We met with D. this week with a ward missionary. He has not been keeping commitments to read in the Book of Mormon though. He is not progressing and we are going to have to direct our focus elsewhere. It makes me sad that we won't be able to see him as much. It really is an act of faith to delay an investigator you love. But if he starts to make changes soon then we will be able to help him out more. However, the ward missionary we introduced him to lives on the same street as him and will continue to reach out to him. He is in good hands.
We had another miracle with the C. family! We had spoken to them about possibly meeting on Saturday. Saturday came around though and they hadn't gotten in touch with us and confirmed a time for us to come by. They called us at 1:20 PM and asked if we were coming by. They told us that they only had untill 2:15 pm to visit with us so we told them we would be there as soon as possible. We got in our car and drove from the sotheren portion of our area to the northern with only needing to stop at 1 red light which was changing as we got to it. We made it to their home in record time and a record of green lights in a row. It sure is incredible how the Lord can get you somewhere so quickly when He needs you there. We read 2 chapters in the Book of Mormon with them from the begining of Mosiah and the lesson went great!
We went on exchanges on Tuesday with our district leader Elder Evans! Things went great! As we were tracting we met a man who was on his way out but had spoken to missionaries a few days before meeting us. He had met them at Chick Fil A and had given them his info. He thought we had recieved his info from them so he was expecting us. He scheduled a time to meet with us and gave us his info and we taught him on Sunday. He asked questions about the Plan of Salvation and we were able to come to a good level of understanding. Elder Evans and I also taught our investigator H. later in the evening. We talked about faith and invited him to be baptized. He said he wasn't ready for that yet but that he would come to church on Sunday. (which didn't happen due to his air conditioning unit leaking through his living room ceiling and his landlord scheduling the emergancy technition to come durig our church services.)
Things have been great in the Plano 9th ward! The Lord's work truly is being Hastened in its time. It is His work and He oversees all that takes place! We are serving along side Him, in His vineyard. As we become one with Him in His work we see the miracles take place! I am amazed at the things that have taken place that attest once again to the Divinity of His work!
This is His work and it is moving onward! The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is spreading abroad, touching the hearts of the honest seeker of truth everywhere! Jesus is the Living Christ and is the corner stone of His church as he leads, guides and directs it through His apostles and prophets! What a blessing it is to live in the long promised dispensation of the fullness of times!
Elder Drew Bowen