July 18, 2016
This last week was incredible and amazing in so many ways! We went to
the Hill Cumorah Pageant twice, once with Jana and once with Henry. We
went to Joseph Smith's home with Henry before the pageant and our ride
had to go work security at the pageant, so we were going to have no
way of getting to the pageant (3 or so miles away). Worst case we
could've walked. But I knew someone named Tommy from Victor when I
served there a few months ago. He wanted to meet up for pageant so he
met us at the Smith Family Farm (Joseph Smith's home) and drove us! It
was great! Tommy, Henry, and everyone loved the pageant! So if you're
ever in western NY in July, make sure you go see it!
My favorite part of pageant is when Christ comes! There was a little
boy who got lost during one of the nights and was about to go up on
stage. Our ride (the one working security) said "come here buddy, are
you lost?" And he started crying and said "yes" so the member
"what are you doing up there?" The boy said something like "I
going to ask Jesus because I knew He would take me to my daddy" Awwe!
That's so cool and symbolic at the same time!
Here's the incredible miracle: We were going to see a former
investigator that we'd previously met and set a return appointment
for. When we arrived for the set appointment, she was t home. But Josh
and Kim were, and when we asked if they were interested, they said
yes! We sat on their porch and taught them about the restoration. Josh
loved it and when we invited him to be baptized on a specific date, he
said "that's a great goal, but if I know before then can we move it
up?" What!? That doesn't happen very often! Talk about miracles!
Another awesome part of this week was Henry's baptism! It went well
and he's excited to continue moving forward on this new path and never
look back! One thing I thought was cool is the same day we had a
baptism up here, my Dad had a baptism down in Virginia (he's the unit
mission leader, so he works closely with the missionaries down there).
Speaking of unity, the Book of Mormon has a lot of "ites" (like
descendants of a certain person). For example, Jared's descendants are
"Jaredites." Then in one chapter, shortly after Christ visits, the
people have all things in common and are unified in every way. A verse
says "There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there
Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites; but they were in one, the children
of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God." This next comment is
cooler when it's said, so I'll type out how to pronounce it. These
people were UN (pronounced uhn, like the UN in under) ited (rhymes
with righted). I heard someone say this catchy phrase, that "a people
who is UN-ited is United!"
Therefore, the challenge is to try and unite yourself with someone you
have either held a grudge against, lots close contact with, or just
someone you haven't befriended as much as you maybe should have. Next
week we should be more UN-ited! :)
Love you all!