Monday, September 12, 2016

The Tender Mercies of the Lord are Real

So this week was good, it started out kinda rough but we worked hard and it turned out great! Sister Mafuataimi (one of my trainees) got transferred to Vava'u to be companions with another sister who had been in a trio. It was sad saying goodbye to her but I know she's gonna have fun in Vava'u! 

We had Zone Conference this past week and it was so uplifting and wonderful! We talked about finding people (street contacting) and we worked extra hard this week talking to everyone we see. We've seen a lot more opportunities to teach and have gotten new investigators. 

We were walking down a street this past week and walked by a house and there were two men standing to the side. We started walking past and then decided to say hi, the one man invited us to talk with the ladies sitting in the backyard. We walked to the back and there were two ladies sitting on a mat doing some Tongan crafts and they looked a little upset that we wanted to talk to them. We sat down, talked to them for a minute and ask if we could share a message. They agreed. We began to talk with them and I asked them what the most important thing is in their life, they both said that prayer was. The one lady shared about praying for her family, I felt prompted to talk about families and then asked what I felt was a little bit of a random question but came very clear into my mind "what's important to you about your role as a mother?" As the two ladies answered they began to cry and share about the difficulties they've faced and the responsibility they feel they have in being a good mom to their children. We talked more and promised them that the Gospel of Jesus Christ that has been restored can bless their life and their family. We asked them if we could come back and they accepted. I'm grateful for the situations the Lord puts us in and I've realized the importance of asking inspired questions that helps us find the investigators needs. I love this work!

Sooo on Tuesday when we met with Taniela he shared that he wants to be baptized this Saturday (the 17th), we're SO happy, cause we feel like he's been ready and we've taught him all the lessons but he had doubts and although he still has questions he shares with us every lesson that he believes everything we're sharing is true and is looking forward to the day he'll receive a tui malohi (really strong faith) to everything. He has such a big desire to know EVERYTHING and studies a lot on his own, but we've talked a lot about faith and he realizes it's a process (line upon line, precept upon precept). I'm SO excited for his baptism on Saturday and Sister Malu and Medina got permission to come to his baptism!! President said he's going to try to come too. I'm so grateful for this work, what joy I feel from the fruits! 

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Ilove the lyrics to a ldsyouth song we've been listening to: "I will fight for the King, cause He is fighting for me" how true that is.

Ofa lahi atu ka moutolu,
Sister Reid

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