has been another week full of amazing experiences!
I got to see my dear Ukrainian, P, this week! She informed me that
she is going to adopt me, so sorry family! Guess I'm staying in
Canada! 😉 I love that woman to pieces! But sadly she doesn't want to
learn more about the gospel. We keep trying to bring it up, but she
has become quite confrontational... So we've eased off the pressure,
we're seeing her once a month. I hope that her heart will open back up
Friday was the start of one crazy miracle weekend! We were about to go
see a less active when we saw a group of three people in front of a
house. We go talk to them, and one of the three was actually listening
to us. Haha but then he and his wife leave, and we're left with this
woman who had already shot us down. She decided to let us into her
house to show us what she's done with the place. Within 5 minutes, she
was already in tears sharing her life story with us! Her name is
H, and she has a 7 year old daughter, G. Her husband was a
member, but he passed away without ever telling her about the church.
This poor woman has been through some downright tragic things, and she
had prayed that morning, telling God that she has given up! And what a
beautiful thing to have us show up that very afternoon! We were able
to teach her the first lesson, her daughter the first lesson, and we
invited her to church! She was really nervous, but she said if we
could find her a ride, she would come.
So we texted the M's, a family that also lives in Ponoka, and
asked if they could give her a ride to church. As we described this
woman to Sister M, she realized that she had met a woman at the
park last summer who she had felt prompted to share the gospel with,
but she didn't. She said this may be that woman. It totally was!! SO
COOL! Heavenly Father was totally looking out for H! And he
always has a back up plan, even when we don't follow through on our
Friday night, we went out to Rimbey to visit a couple that was a
Mormon.org referral. They referred themselves, so it looked pretty
promising! They let us right in, and the first thing he says is,
"teach her about celestial marriage!" 😳 turns out this guy is a
member! But he's been inactive for the last 10 years. He's been
telling her how he wants to be with her forever, and she's finally
ready to learn! So I summed up the Restoration in 30 seconds (pretty
good if I do say so myself😉) and then explained how they can be
sealed in the temple. She really wants it, but she wants to know if
this is the true church, so she's reading the Book of Mormon! We're
seeing them again on Friday. They are just heaven-sent! We love teaching them!
Sunday was insane! We were prepared to have 8 investigators at church!
And there were 2 mission farewells! 😳 we were stressing out so badly!
We had no idea how we were going to keep track of all of them. Well
slowly everyone started canceling except ol' reliable Bob and Heather.
What a blessing!! H ended up getting pretty sick at church due
to health issues she's struggling with, and we had to have the
M's take her to ten hospital! We were running all over the place
during Sunday School trying to get her taken care of, Heavenly Father
knew that we couldn't have had all of those investigators at church!
It wouldn't have been a positive experience! I'm so glad He's in
charge! Haha he's way smarter than I am!
This week, I got to use my Apple Skills to share the gospel! We were
visiting the Cs, and A's phone was disabled. So I started doing
my thing, and we still couldn't get it to respond. So we call Apple
support! Ava's on the phone with the Specialist and he starts
explaining what to do. There was a moment when she was going to have
to wait for 5 minutes, and so I pick up the phone and start chatting
with this guy, M! I tell him that I worked for Apple in the states,
and started asking him questions! Then a golden opportunity came! He
asked why I left apple! So I told him about my mission, and he has
friends who are LDS, and he was just down in Salt Lake for a funeral!
We talked about the church, he loves Mo-Tab! So I told him about the
Hallelujah chorus video that Mo-Tab put out on Sunday! We had amazing
chat about the gospel, about addiction recovery, I even got to tell
him about the church's program for addiction recovery. It was such an
easy and natural conversation and I know that he felt the Spirit!
Heavenly Father totally prepared me for that guy! Even if that was the
only reason I had to work at Apple, it was so worth it! I'm so
grateful Heavenly Father blessed me with that amazing job and this
I'm just so happy to be an instrument in the Lord's hands. Your
prayers have helped sustain me during some hard moments and I'm truly
grateful for that. I love you all! I can't wait to see what next week
Sister Bethany Christensen