Monday, July 7, 2014

Miracles all day every day!

Kiaora! (that is hello in maori)
I hope you all had a fantastic week, I know I did ha :)  After I got over my depressing blues which were no fun I had a great week. I don't know what changed from being depressed to happy- just an increase in prayers and faith I suppose. Im grateful the Lord answers prayers and boy have I 
seen the evidence of that this week! Here are some of the miracles I've been blessed to be apart of this week!
So my first miracle is this 
So this past week on Monday we had gotten a referral from the church headquarters.  We are told to contact them within 24 hours however this woman, Joanne, lives far away and we were busy this week so we weren't able to go out there. Well on Saturday when we finally got to see her she described this experience to us. So she has gone through some pretty rough stuff in the past year, she is a single mom of two adorable young boys. One day she just had the prompting to look for religion (she has never been religious). She remembered a woman she went to school with who is mormon and now a mother of 4. She said she didn't know what is was but she felt the urge just to check out our faith so she went to and put in her information for missionaries to come see her (which rarely happens by the way-usually it is just phonys). Anyways she said the day after she put in the info. (when we should have seen her)  the Jehovah Witness missionaries came over and she thought "what! These aren't the ones I want, where are the mormon?". She said she listened but it didn't feel right. Well they left. Then Saturday rolls around. The day we go to see her. We knock on her door but she was busy and asked us to come back in a few hours so we did. When we arrived she said that right before we knocked on her door the first time the Jehovah Witnesses had come again to bring her a childrens bible she said she thought that God was testing her or something. That it was a trial she had to go through to find the truth. Because here was the Jehovah Witnesses and we still weren't there. So sad I know! She was so thankful when we arrived and she cried when we shared our message with her. She felt tingles. When we visited her last night she said that usually she is a pretty analytical thinker and just nit picks everything but she said it is so weird because with our message she doesnt have to, it just feels right.  She came to church on Sunday and participated in class, cried some more, which was so cute. Then we took her down to the baptismal font and committed her to baptism for the beginning of August.. She is so excited. She is the epitomy of the "golden investigator". She watches the bible and church videos online and she now prays every night with her two young boys (she is a single mom). She studies the scriptures and writes down questions she wants to know (the good questions) her two young boys loved primary and are starting to know Jesus Christ. She willingly prays with us. She's amazing. It was such a miracle! I just love Joanne and can't wait for her to just grow and grow. 
Our second miracle occurred the other night. So allllll of our appointments had fallen through. Nobody was home, it was freezing and we were tired. It was only like 7 and we were dying. My companion kept trying to talk me into just going home but we knew we had to stay out.  If only just to show we were willing to be obedient. Well we went to visit a lost member (meaning we had a name and an address but weren't sure if they still lived there). Well we get to the address and realised it was a unit block but we had no unit number for this man. What makes it better was it was housing commission (so kind of scary). Well usually we'd write no unit number but we had nothing else to do and I just had the little thought "lets just knock all the doors and ask around" so we did. My companion was a bit reluctant but she followed. We knocked 1,2,3,4,5,6, all the way to 11. Well we got to door 12 and knocked. We heard a "who is it" the door creaked open.  Half a face appeared as this man hide behind his door I asked "Do you know where so and so lives?" The short little man with the high pitched quiet voice said "no he lived right there (pointing at the door of the unit across from him) but he died a couple years ago of a heart attack". We thanked him for the information and left. As we went down the steps and turned the corner Sister Vos said "Well at least we know what happened so and so" and nodded yes, still a little uncertain as to what to do or why we were there. Well all of a sudden we here this creakkkkk. We both simultaneously stopped, leaned back on our heals to see around the corner, and looked up the stairs to the little mans door. He saw us and said "Excuse me do you happen to be latter day saints" we looked at each other and said "yes" and rushed back up the stairs to talk to the man. He is a bit different but he knows so much. He said he has a Book of Mormon and had wanted to go to our church a few years ago but couldn't find the chapel. He wants to look for a church that accepts people of all faiths. We said we do but as a result the more people learn about our church the more their desire to be baptized into it grows. He nodded and invited himself to church on Sunday. It was cool. He is a very unique child of god but we love him nonetheless. Im excited to go back to teach him.  As we walked back to the car I felt a calm assuarance that I had followed the will of the Father for that place at that time. My companion quietly said "well I am humbled" as had I been. 
The best feeling in the world is when you can look back and see that you'd been an instrument in the Lords hands. Nothing else can take the place, nor describe that feeling. 
My companion is amazing and I'm grateful to work with her. It is so interesting how the Lord places us with those who can help us and vice versa. Sister Vos and I are very opposite, in just about everything, but that is why we work so well together.It is fun to teach with her. 
This week is going to be a bit crazy! We are doing a mini mission with the youth of the stake. This is where for three days the youth (age 16+) get to be fulltime missionaries with us for three days. They get a name badge. Go through a "MTC" experience at the stake center. Then they live with us and work with us for the weekend. On Sunday there will be a big fireside to end it. It will be a really good experience but it will be crazy! Lots of traveling to and from the stake center for meeting and such. It will be a good experience for the youth of the church. I wish we had something like that when I was growing up, I bet it would be hard to do in Utah though with the amount of youth we have ha. Still cool though!
Well those are my miracles! Share yours with me, I'd love to hear them!

I love you all and wish you a good week!

Sister Ashley Boiteux

ps. quote of the week  This one came from my last companion Sister Clegg and it came to mind to share with you after MLC yesterday it is "When you're placed in hot water you can choose to be a carrot or an egg" (the hot water=trials, the carrot=softened in trials (a carrot becomes soft when in hot water), or an egg= hardened heart in trials like a boiled egg). So choose to be a carrot ha :)

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