Star Lake is going swell and I love Sister McClellan!
This week we have been working with our investigators to help them know if the Book of Mormon is true. They are willing to read it but it seems that they aren't willing to pray and ask "is the Book of Mormon true?!" We had interviews with President and Sister Rasmussen and they gave us some great advice. It is such a simple prayer with a lot of meaning. I think some of our investigators are scared to receive a yes because it means they are going to have to commit and change their lives. I am praying so hard for them!
This week we went on an exchange with the Lake Holm Sisters. I was in Lake Holm with Sister Arnold. Our last lesson on the exchange was with one of their investigators Brother Smith. He has been investigating for about 8 months and hasn't ever committed to baptism. We planned and prepared well for the lesson. He has been taught the Plan of Salvation but had a hard time understanding the premortal life so that is what we planned to teach. At the beginning of the lesson I used the Holy Ghost principle to invite the spirit and during the lesson we taught from the scriptures about how we lived with Heavenly Father before this life. Brother Smith was understanding well and in the middle of the lesson we asked what he was learning from the spirit? He opened up and shared what he was feeling. One of the members that was there asked such an inspired question that hit Brother Smith right to the heart. Brother Smith told us about his parents and the challenges he faced growing up. We were able to bear powerful testimony of a loving Heavenly Father. That lead into discussing the Atonement. Sister Arnold bore sincere and one of the most powerful testimonies I have heard on the Atonement. The spirit was so strong everyone in the room was either in tears or on the verge of tears. At the end of the lesson Brother Smith said that he knows he is going to get baptized he just doesn't know when. It was so amazing to see how the spirit worked through all of us and the effect it had on Brother Smith. It was probably one of the best lessons I have ever taught/been in on my mission. My testimony of the Atonement grew that night and also how the Holy Ghost truly is the ultimate teacher.
Miracles happen on exchanges!!! I love working with and serving the sisters - it is such a blessing.
We also went on a blitz (2 hour exchange) with the Surprise Lake Sisters it was so much fun. I have really felt Heavenly Father qualify me to help the sisters. We were able to help them with contacting approaches and ways they can work with members. Heavenly Father allowed us to cross paths with some great people and solid potential investigators for the Surprise Lake area.
I am so grateful to be serving with Sister McClellan. She is such a hard worker and we have so much fun together. I have learned a lot from her so far!
This week we have continued to meet so many diverse people. We had dinner with a family from Laos and a former investigator is from Romania and fed us some Romanian food. I love it here!
Also a great video to check out - the new Mormon Message"Music of the Gospel.