Monday, February 4, 2013

Last Leg of the Race

Dear Family,

Wow! What an amazing week I've had! It's just been fantastic. Most of the great experiences happened yesterday which I will be talking about. However first off I was kind of bummed that the 49er's didn't win... Que sad :( Ohh Well. I don't really care! Haha. I'm glad to hear that the weather is slightly improving in Utah. It's been just beautiful here as always. Gotta love Paradise! Haha. Hopefully it stays this way for a while. Today is absolutely gorgeous! It's nice and cool with a slight breeze! I just love it here.

Well things with our investigators down here are going really well. We had a couple great lessons with an investigator this past week and she's getting close! The first one was on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the last on was on prayer. The last one was on Saturday and we got a text from her friend and said she wanted to meet with us.  We set it up for 2:00 and didn't have much time to prepare. My companion basically said, "this one's yours" since he wasn't feeling very well that day. As we were doing our other activities, some service for a recent convert, I had a very strong impression to teach about prayer. We talked all about prayer and I asked her about experiences she's had with prayer and she opened up... A lot! I had never seen her talk so much especially about things that were very personal to her. We talked about where she was at and helped her recognize things that she could do better to receive more guidance and answers from the Lord. We committed her to pray specifically about a date for baptism. Yesterday for my fast I fasted specifically for her. During the day we got a text from her friend saying that the investigator wants to meet with us so she can ask us about baptism. I have a strong feeling that she's really close and is receiving answers. I love fasting so much!

Now with another investigator, I'm not sure if I've talked much about him but he's our investigator who's mostly blind. He is so humble and teachable. On Saturday we had a lesson about the plan of salvation and we taught it Star Wars Style! He's a huge star wars fan and so we taught it to how he's be able to apply it. We weren't planning to teach it that way but it kind of just happened. Haha. Don't join the Dark Side! Haha. he loved it! He came to church yesterday and was very enthusiastic in the gospel principles lesson which I taught. I've been doing a lot of last minute teaching this week! It's alright though because I love doing it. We're hoping to baptize him this weekend.

Now it's time to talk about what happened yesterday! A lot happened! So first off we had a total of eight investigators in sacrament meeting between the two branches which was really exciting. Then during testimony meeting a young man walked up who I didn't recognize at first. He said that he wanted to bear his testimony on how the Lord leads and guides people to those in need. At that moment I remembered who this guy was. Last Friday evening we felt like we needed to follow up with someone we had met a few days before. We went there but she wasn't home... As we were walking back to the car a young man on a bike rode up to us and asked, "you guys Jehovah's Witnesses?" I thought, ohh great... Time to get ridiculed but I said, "Nope! We're Mormon's!" He responded, "Where's your church at?" I gave him a chapel card with the address and he said, "I'll be there!" We got in the car and then left to another appointment. In his testimony however he explained how he had been out of jail for 46 days and was really wanting to learn about Christ and turn his life around. He prayed and he saw us. He said how grateful he was that he met us! The branch absolutely loves this guy and made him feel so loved. We'll be meeting with him on Tuesday. Pretty cool right?

Okay next story! So when we were up in Marathon on Thursday we made return appointments with everyone we met for Sunday afternoon. We got a call on Saturday from the Branch President who said that while he was home teaching, he learned of a person who wants to know learn about the church. He told us that he had made an appointment for Sunday at 4:30. We were in a predicament. We needed to be in two places at once. Luckily we got permission again to split up. This time, my companion went up to Marathon with a recent convert and I stayed down here with a member. It was fun! I went and visited a few of the people he home taught and then went to the lesson at 4:30. The lesson was amazing! It was all in Spanish so the member couldn't say anything or understand anything so it was all on me. I taught the restoration and the Spirit was so strong! She didn't talk much during the lesson but she said she'll read and pray. She's got a lot of potential. Later on in the night, the member got a call from his son that he had gotten in a car accident as he was leaving work from the airport. We hurried over there and when we got to the crash sight a woman came out of the other car and ran up to me and said, "I cant believe you're here! We're members of the Church!" Luckily no one was injured and it could have been a lot worse than it was. The driver of the other car was a little shaken up and her neck was hurting a bit and asked if we could give her a blessing. We graciously did. I knew that I was supposed to be there at that time! What are the chances that the son of the member I was with, accidentally hit another member from out of town and that a missionary was on a split with his dad? Not very likely! It was an awesome day! I wish I could keep telling more storied but I'm out of time.

I know that the Lord guides his servants who are on His errand! I love this work and I'm going out strong. It's the very last leg of the race and I'm not quitting! Thank you for all of your prayers and support!

Cuidense mucho.
-Elder David B. Fullmer

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