Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello My Wonderful Family! 

Thank you so much for your emails, it was so touching to hear about President Hansen and his family. Especially the story of his wife... It's experiences like that, that really make you stop and think about what's most important in this life. When I was companions with Sister Reed, it was amazing to hear about her humility, that she said that experience helped her become who she was today. It broke my heart to hear her story, but it was such an inspiration to me. It's crazy that during the hard times, that is when we're truly closest to God. I can't wait to meet them, they sound incredible. I'm glad to hear Michael is feeling a little better. Sorry you were sick Michael. :( That's no fun. It was exciting to hear that Josh has his Eagle almost finished! Way to be Josh, I know that is not easy work. I'm so proud of you. Mom, thanks for all the spiritual insights you shared, I loved what President Phippen said about the Celestial Room representing being in God's presence. It's incredible that we're able to feel the same spirit we'd feel if we were in his presence. <3 Dad, That's incredible that you were able to go through the temple for one of our ancestors. It's incredible to think about how close we are to those people. 

This Sister, Sister Hoffman shared an experience at our Zone Training. She served with me in Moscow, but had to go home due to a broken arm. She said she just cried and cried. She didn't feel purpose, she felt empty. Wanting to come back out in the field so desperately. She said that President Mullen had given her a call, and said, "Sister Hoffman, work on your family history." She said she as time passed, and she worked on it, she felt the spirit fill that hole in her heart. She said she felt joy again, and suddenly everything was okay. It's amazing that Family History Work, and Missionary Work, are one in the same purpose. I'm so grateful we have all these angels looking out for us. I feel them every day. 

I again don't have as much time to email, so sorry this is again brief. 

Well, comic relief of the week- Elder and Sister Rockwood went to St. Maries this week, they now serve in our area, and there. They came across some funny signs while they were out driving in the Boons. :) One said, "Free Weeds, Pick your Own." Then they passed by a rickety falling apart bar. There was an arrow over to a dirt paved parking lot, it said, "Valet Parking" Oh we got a good laugh about that. :) I love serving with the Rockwoods. :) 

Thank you for all your prayers this week, I know Heavenly Father hears and is answering those prayers. We have continued teaching Rayven and Michelle. Michelle says she's just there to support her son, but truly she is listening. :)  I think it's incredible that Heavenly Father sent them here. I know it was no coincidence. His hand is in every detail of this work. As we taught Rayven & Michelle about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, after we quoted The First Vision, Michelle said, "Wow. I just got goose bumps." She kept intently looking at the beautiful depiction of this experience. I'm so thankful for the spirit- it truly helped her know this message was not just from us, but from her Heavenly Father. As we explained how Joseph was led to this ancient record, and was able to translate it through the power of God, Rayven just looked and said, "That's incredible, to think that he visited people here." 

There's a scripture I read in my study this week, in the Doctrine and Covenants Section 76: 114,116 that explained how the spirit testifies to the hearts of those we meet, more deeply than words can accredit.

114 But great and marvelous are the works of the Lord, and the mysteries of his kingdom which he showed unto us, which surpass all understanding in glory, and in might, and in dominion;

116 Neither is man capable to make them known, for they are only to be seen and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who love him, and purify themselves before him;

We then invited them to say a kneeling prayer, to ask if what we had taught was true. Rayven said a very sincere prayer, and said, "Dear God, I want to know if this is true, and I know my Mom wants to know if this is true too. Please give us that answer as we look for it." 

I just feel so much joy after teaching them. With our next visit, they hadn't read the introduction- so we read it with them. Rayven said, "Oh, well I tried reading out of my Bible, it's the same thing right?" many people don't understand that we believe the bible as well, but that The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. We were able to explain how these three books of scripture go hand in hand. That God provided the Book of Mormon, so we can know his church is restored. As we read the introduction, he and Michelle were excited to read. We explained how the Book of Mormon answers the Questions of the Soul. We asked them what questions they had for their Heavenly Father. They both said, "What happens to infants that aren't able to be baptized." we were able to give them Moroni 8. What an incredible blessing we have, to have all this knowledge. It gives me so much peace. <3 We also got to teach them the Plan of Salvation. It's so sweet to see these Mother's and their sons learning together. 

Other events, We've starting taking our less actives on Church Tours. It's been such a powerful experience. We took Frank Bybee, and his heart is starting to soften. :) We also were able to get into the Latcowski home, a part member family. The wife Dianne and her daughter Jewell sat in! They are dry Mormons, such good people. We were able to get into so many homes this week! Heavenly Father is blessing us so much! 

Well, I love all of you and hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for sharing all of your miracles! 

Love Always, Sister Sarah Clark :) 

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