Well this week started pretty bad cause we had to drop Leon and i pretty much cried. he was so sad too! but we cant work with him if he's not willing to step it up and follow God! we are still working with Harriet Simmons who has a date for this Sunday and Richard Gray who has a date for next week! pray for them so they can get all the help they need and strength to be baptized!!
Thursday we got a call from a Part memeber Family who wanted to be baptized. so we did! Julie McGirt was baptized this Sunday!! we are so happy for that miracle that God gave us!! as well later that night we found the Johnson family! they are soooo cool! we found them knocking and taught them the restoration and they loved it and are excited for us to come back and teach them more!!
as well Sister Louissaint did cornrows on my hair last night haha
Well this Easter Sunday was unforgettable. Thursday Bishop Brown volunteered us to sing 2 hymns for sacrament meeting and Elders Ajayi, Petry, and Blood. Sister Louissaint and I sang Lead Kindly light and I stand all amaze. I know the gifts of the Spirit are real because we sounded good and people were crying and i cant sing so... the church is true!
The greatest blessing we were able to experience on Easter Sunday was during the hour we were knocking doors. we decided to knock an apartment complex near the church. we were successfully able to find John who was interested in learning about Christ and being baptized. like all good missionaries do, we couldnt just stop after his lesson but we decided to knock a few more doors. the first door we knocked a guy came out and told us he didnt have time for a prayer so we gave him a picture of Christ. The following door we knocked a guy came out and began to yell at us at the top of his lungs and cussed at us so much. on my mission I've been yelled at before but this time was different. my body went into shock and my companion tried explaining that we were just here to pray with him. sadly she wasnt even able to finish her sentence due to the things he was telling us. Even the people that lived around him started to come out to see what was happening. as i tried to take a step to leave he spit whatever he was chewing or had in his mouth at us and i literally almost broke down into tears. we literally walked down the stairs and went to our car. the rest of the day I pondered why this had happened. the day of His Resurrection we were able to get a small taste of the things that our Savior Jesus Christ went through and I talk by Elder Holland came to my mind he says:
" Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Why doesn’t it go better? Why can’t our success be more rapid? Why aren’t there more people joining the Church? It is the truth. We believe in angels.We trust in miracles. Why don’t people just flock to the font?Why isn’t the only risk in missionary work that of pneumonia from being soaking wet all day and all night in the baptismal font You will have occasion to ask those questions. I have thought about this a great deal. I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.
Now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not talking about anything anywhere near what Christ experienced. That would be presumptuous and sacrilegious. But I believe that missionaries and investigators, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price. For that reason I don’t believe missionary work has ever been easy, nor that conversion is, nor that retention is, nor that continued faithfulness is. I believe it is supposed to require some effort, something from the depths of our soul.
If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, “Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can pass, let it pass,” 16 then little wonder that salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way.
The Atonement will carry the missionaries perhaps even more importantly than it will carry the investigators. When you struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out and made a hiss and a byword, you are standing with the best life this world has ever known, the only pure and perfect life ever lived. You have reason to stand tall and be grateful that the Living Son of the Living God knows all about your sorrows and afflictions. The only way to salvation is through Gethsemane and on to Calvary. The only way to eternity is through Him—the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
missionary work isnt easy but is worth it cause this is the church of Jesus Christ. He did come and paid for our sins and has felt our pain! I am so greatful for him and for the strenght and love that he has for all of us, specially those that dont believe in his name!
MAN what a good week! our Pday last week started by going to the beach! it was way fun to see the waters of Ft Lauderdale! after hanging out and enjoying the sun we went out to work and found the coolest person ever! his name is Pastor Elder Ponder and he is a baptist pastor who we are now teaching and helping to understand the priesthood authority of God! he is super awesome and enjoys when we come over! we are also still teaching Leon who is the coolest Jamaican ever! he had soo many doubts about the Book of Mormon and did no longer want to continue reading but we promised him that he only had to read one chapter to know its true! he did and also came to watch General Conference! he will now be getting baptized the 15th of April! we are super excited on the miracles we are seeing!