Week 30 in the Utah Orem Mission

With Ruth and Greg Davidson

Our former bishop from England and his wife saw Hermana Kathleen at the Provo City Center Open House. They had not seen her for many years. Hermana Kathleen remembers Bishop Davidson coming to our home in England dressed as Father Christmas. Great memory.

Monday night we visited again one of our referrals. As soon as we came in and were invited to sit, on his request we began with a prayer. He showed a true desire to continue learning. He has a strong testimony of the power of prayer and of the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We felt impressed to read a chapter of the Book of Mormon with him (Alma 22:1-33), and he was so intrigued and drawn in to what he was reading that he didn’t want to stop reading. From what we read, he felt that it was true. We extended him a baptismal date, and he accepted it. He told us that he has waited to be baptized for a long time, and he knows that this is his time. He is just amazing, and the Lord has been preparing him to receive the gospel.
Kitty cat at the home of the referral. So cute. Wouldn't stop purring

Hermana Kathleen feels the Lord keeps putting cats in her life to brighten up her days.

Throughout the week we were at the Provo City Center Temple Open House. I saw so many miracles there — I wish I had more time to write about it. And with Hermana Mena — she is just amazing. I had another sacred experience with her this week, through which I have come to understand myself more and understand God’s love and plan for me. He is helping me see the reasons why He has blessed me with certain weaknesses/trials so that I can come to develop certain Christ-like attributes and come to know Him better. Ether 12:27 has a whole new meaning for me.
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Hermana Kathleen and Hermana Mena at the Provo City Center Temple.

Sunday night we visited a family, and we can see the hand of the Lord preparing them. While there, we explained the importance of saying specific prayers to receive specific answers and of the purpose of the Book of Mormon as another testament of Christ. (It was amazing to me how the Lord has prepared us to help them, as a few days earlier I had been studying about the connection between the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which helped me explain it more simply. And Hermana Mena was able to testify of the power of intent prayer, which she had been studying. I know that the Lord helps prepare each of us as we seek to do His will and help others come closer to Him.) We also read 1 Nephi 1:1-12 and Moroni 10:3-5, and the family felt the spirit and committed themselves to praying about the message we shared. They are so excited to read the Book of Mormon.
This morning we had interviews with President Killpack. I know that he holds priesthood keys over this mission. He has the spirit with him, and I know that what he told me and reminded me is what the Lord would say to me. And he helped me come to realize the importance of KNOWING WHO I TRULY AM and NOT LETTING NEGATIVE THOUGHTS CROWD MY MIND. He told me that I need to be Tigger, not Eeyore. 🙂 I am so grateful to have had two mission presidents. President McCune and President Killpack who both knew and know exactly what to say to me — they keep themselves close to the spirit, and they are both dear to my heart.
Throughout my mission I have been learning SO MUCH about myself, my relationship with the Lord, and how I can serve by His side in this marvelous work — how I can develop and exercise faith in His Son — that alone I am weak but through His Son I am enough.
At the car shop

Hermana Kathleen and Hermana Mena spend time at the car shop getting their car repaired.

And this afternoon (on a Preparation-day) we saw the Lord guiding us to those He is preparing. While getting our car fixed, we were able to talk with a man and share our testimonies. Later on we were hungry and decided to stop by a Thai food restaurant, and while there we met a sister and were able to sit down and eat with her. She is less active but wants to come back into activity. We invited her to read her patriarchal blessing, and we testified of God’s love for her.
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The Provo City Center Temple at night.

It has been an amazing day. Pray to know with whom you can share your testimony.
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