Thank you so much for all of your emails. Rachel it was so touching to hear your stories about helping all the people in the rest home... I was crying as I was reading those stories. What a neat job- that you get to help people during there greatest time of need. So many blessings that we have! Dad, thank you again for helping me figure everything out with schooling for when I get back. I'm so grateful! I feel a weight now lifted. Mom, thanks for sharing all the stories you did with me. It was so fun to see cute Andrew with Hazel, and his little fruit action figures haha. Thanks for the touching stories you shared as well.
Well, It's been a hard week- but Heavenly Father has blessed us with Miracles as well- On Monday Evening, Matthew and Meghan were both able to receive priesthood blessings from Davi in our ward. As he gave them blessings the spirit filled their home. It was incredible Davi barely knew them, yet every word he spoke was especially just for them, and what they were going through. In Matthew's blessing, he said, "There are many paths we can take in this life, but the greatest of all is the path back to our Heavenly Father in following Jesus Christ." He blessed him with strength to overcome temptation, as Matthew has been trying to live the law of Chastity, he felt inspired to get rid of several video games, and comic books that he felt contained pornography. We were so proud of him, and we know Heavenly Father is too! :) As he gave Meghan her blessing, he blessed her with peace of mind, that she could have clarity. It was touching, because she is going through several trials in her life right now. Later in the week, on Wednesday they invited us to come to their home for dinner, Meghan even lit candles and put them on the table, and made us a beautiful dinner. It touched my heart, it felt wonderful to be loved, they told us how much they loved us, and how they are so grateful that their lives have changed since they'd started learning about the gospel. After dinner we had a lesson about Eternal Marriage, and we were able to show them the intro the temple video, (The first presidency came out with an announcement the other week, that now we teach our investigators the laws and ordinances before baptism) :) They are so excited to be able to make it there. They are still praying about marriage.
Later in the week Meghan had an incredible spiritual experience with the Book of Mormon, Davi had dedicated their home, so the spirit is so strong in that little apartment. Meghan read 3 Nephi 18 out loud right before we came over to read with her. She said she felt warmth, like she wasn't alone that someone was watching over her, and was with her, she said, "You know that feeling where you just want to cry because you feel so wonderful?" It was so touching, she knows that the Book of Mormon is true! :) Yesterday we went over to watch "Finding Faith in Christ" with Matthew and Meghan- and tears came to Matthew's eyes. There is a scene where Christ heals the blind man, and it really touched Matthew because Meghan has a degenerative eye disease and will go blind in a few years. We finally discovered why Matthew hasn't fully committed himself to the gospel- it's because he doesn't want to accept that life will be hard because the Savior's life was hard. Sister Reed and I both bore testimony of our love for the Savior, that he was the reason we could all keep going. There was an over powering feeling of love in the room, that brought all of us to tears. I feel because of my trials, I have become closer to the Savior than I ever have before in my life. I'm brought to tears more and more frequently. I bore testimony that Heavenly Father didn't want me to ever have to be alone in my trials so he blessed me with a Savior who always knows my struggles, that I can always rely on him. That my trials have shown me what I'm capable of, and that I wouldn't have the happiness, peace and fulfillment I do if it weren't for my Savior. Every word we spoke was spirit driven, I know it was all Heavenly Father. He helped us, I'm grateful for the Holy Ghost that bears a divine witness to the hearts of the people we teach. If it weren't for that I know that this work would not be possible. I love My Heavenly Father with all my heart. After that lesson, Matthew was in tears, and said he really wants to know now, and that he's going to seek his answer more seriously. It's amazing to see that his heart and countenance have changed completely! I love the both of them so much! He said when he receives his answer he wants to be baptized. Thank you for all your prayers in their behalf. Miracles are happening!
I love each one of you with all my heart, remember through anything difficult that you always have your Savior who knows exactly how you feel. There's this amazing talk by Jeffrey R. Holland- "Like a Broken Vessel" he says, "