Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"Even Worse we're Mormons" September 28th 2015

Hello family!!! 

Did you get to see the lunar eclipse yesterday? It was so cool it was pretty funny when we called President Francis last night to report how our zone is doing. He told us to walk outside and look at the moon! I love that kind of stuff! So we have had a fantastic week! I strongly believe that miracles happen on a daily basis!
First one-- We had about an hour before we were going to go over to Tom's
for the lunch bunch so we were just walking through the
neighborhood by the church. We were pretty much just looking for homes
where it looked like someone was home. The third house we knocked on
a young boy with literally nothing to cover his bottom half ran up to
the door, with no shame! It was really funny, the lady behind him
came and apologized and was really friendly and asked us how are we were doing. And then she asked where my other bigger companion (Garland) had gone. Then BOOM it hit me that this was the lady that we had meet about three months ago on that same street walking with her daughter.  We had given her a Book of Mormon and she said her husband would be
interested in having us over, but that they were going on a month and
a half trip to Italy, but they said they would call. . . Nothing. Until this
happened!  She said we could come back next
week during the evening! and that she had read some of the Book of Mormon! It was just so crazy that we found them!

 Ok second crazy experience! We went to go see a potential investigator that I had
 never met. And as we were going we saw this older woman across the
street with a walker coming down her drive way. I remembered that I
had met this woman as well several months earlier by knocking on her
door with Elder Garland. This how that conversation went, add a German
accent as well. . .
 "Are you Jehovah witnesses!"
" No, we are Mormons!"
" bah! Even worse!
And that was it she slamed the door. . .
Well I was less than thrilled to even see this lady again. But for
some reason I just felt that we should go over offer to help rake her yard. So we
crossed over and this how this conversation went.
" Are you Jehovah witnesses?"
" No we are even worse! We are Mormons! And we were just wondering if
you could use any help with your yard. We are looking for service
 She was slightly really taken aback by that and it was just like there was a completely different response she was like Oh really? I could really use some help with that. ( I am kind of paraphrasing a little) but she went on to tell us about how she had broken her foot
and had ten screws in it. And was all for the idea of letting us come
and help! I mean she also told us that we didn't believe in Jesus.
Which we corrected. And then she told us how Mr. Schmitt was not a
true prophet. and that we could not be saved by him. which we also explained what we actually believe, but the cool thing was despite all that her heart softened .                                                                                          
It was an interesting experience. I think it also shows how there are
different ways to touch the hearts of these people. Some you just have
to try another way. I am excited to go and rake her yard!
Third awesome experience! So I might have told you about Kim our Goodwill Miracle, who had read the Book of Mormon and everything.  Well, on Saturday we were able to take her and her daughter to the sites!!! It was absolutely fantastic! We took her to the Joseph smith farm, and the sacred grove. They told us several times how peaceful it felt there! We then took her to the Palmyra temple and got to walked around it. Brother Broadbent, a member of the ward,  came with us for the trip.  While we were there his cousin who just happens to be one of the Councilors of the temple presidency, came to say hello. It was perfect because Kim had many question about the temple and he was able to answer all of them. It was powerful, he pointed out each room in the temple and explained there purpose and everything we could not have planned it any better. There was definitely some Heavenly intervention that's for sure! But that's not all, we then went to the Hill Cumorah Center and after seeing it  as we were getting read to head out the door, who do we meet, but The Former mission president to this mission President Jack R. Christensen! I don't know how much you have heard of him but I have heard so much about Brother Christensen Its hard to believe plus he is a motivational speaker so I have been able to accumulate and hear several of his talks that he has given. I loved the last thing he said to us and that was that it is all true! I hope and pray Kim and Julia felt the spirit! Our next goal is to bring them to General Conference! It is amazing to see Gods hand in so many things because we couldn't have planned  that trip any better. And without the Hand of God and the Spirit it would not have even held  a candle to what it was!
I love this Gospel!
I love you all!
Have a great week!
Love Elder Todd Houghton

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