I also experienced my first set of exchanges. I was with Sister Ika who serves in the Tongan ward. It was good. She's so sweet, but I was glad to be back the following day and be in my area with my investigators.
Anyway, one man gave us a referral for a home that we never would have thought were Samoans. But guess what?! We have an appointment with them tonight! It was such a miracle. It really testified to me that the Lord is in this work. It started with Ben and Baby which led us to this other house which led us to this family. This all happened over a few days. It's just so amazing to think about.
Guess what? The family that we're meeting tonight...he's a pastor for a Samoan Christian church. Oh boy. A little intimidating. But it will be ok. Luckily it's the Spirit that does the teaching. We just have to follow the Spirit. We're a little nervous, but it will be good. Pray hard today! it would be so great to share the gospel with this family. They are really nice.
He kept saying that he was really conflicted becuase the way we carried ourselves and the faith we had was completely opposite of what he's been told about Mormons. He told us that he couldn't make sense of it in his mind because he can't accept the Book of Mormon but he told us we just had such a good "vibe" and "fire" about us. It was definitely the Spirit he was feeling! We just kept testifying that we knew the Book of Mormon was true because we had read and prayed about it. Towards the end of our discussion I asked him to read Ether 12:4. I was kinda worried that would cause him to shut us off, but I knew I had to listen the Spirit and be bold. He did read it and he kind of shuffled through the book. He was really surprised to see it was like the King James Bible. Sister McBride shared a little bit from the Introduction and we told him how the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets, not Joseph Smith. Over and over again he kept saying how he was conflicted. I loved it! He said he probably shoulnd't have even been talking to us but that we were leaving a very positive image of what the Mormons believe. How it didn't coincide with what he's heard of the Mormons. At the end he said he had a lot of thinking to do.
We left him with a Mormon.org card and our phone number and told him to go to the website. That it was actually put out by the church so the information there is what we believe, etc. He invited us to go to this discussion thing for young adults that his church puts onnights. They discuss current issues and their takes on it, etc. and about faith. Anyway, it sounds a little intimidating to go, but I think we are going to try. We just have to pray about it. Anyway, I hope that story even made sense, but it really was one of the neatest exchnages I've had thus far on my mission. Watching him change just in that hour we spoke to him and seeing his opinion of the Mormon church completely turn around was incredible. I would SO LOVE to be able to teach him and his family. But even if it's not the right time yet, I know we followed the Spirit and did exactly what Heavenly Father wanted us to be doing in that moment so that eventually he'll be ready to hear the lessons even if it's not now. It was such an amazing, spiritual experience.
This week will be great. Hopefully by next week when I'm emailing we'll have some new investigators! There are miracles every day, We just have to open our eyes and see them. This is the Lord's work and He loves all of His children so much.
I love you all so much! Choose the right!
Sister Veronica White