Monday, December 15, 2014

It's a Christmas Miracle!!!

Hello Everyone!

Congrats to Don and Shauntel!! I am so happy for you both. I LOVED the wedding announcement. Congrats Del for going through the temple this week!! It sounds like there is a lot of great things happening in the Gull family right now.

Sister Gadi calls everything a Christmas miracle right here are some of the Christmas miracles this week.

We had a lesson with Lamon which is always a fun experiece. We began the lesson and Lamon's cousin John walked up. He thought we were Jehovah Witnesses. Once he realized we were from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints he started asking all of these anti questions, and trying to Bible bash. It was the most awkward situation becaus we were trying to teach Lamon, but his cousin wasn't really allowing us to even talk. We asked him if he would like to listen to the lesson we were teaching Lamon today. He stopped talking and listened as we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His countenance completely changed through out the lesson. When we would ask Lamon questions, John would answer the questions as well. He recognized that we really were teaching about Jesus Christ. At the end of the lesson he asked if he could keep a pamphlet. Sadly he doesn't live in our area, but we told him if he wants to learn more we can refer him to the missionaries in his area. It was awesome to watch the Spirit soften his heart through out the lesson.

{It's a Christmas miracle!!}

One of the greatest lessons I have learned so far while serving is patience. One of our investigators, David, has been through like 6 sets of missionaries previous to us. We have been teaching him since I first got here and he has not really progressed. We never felt like it was right to drop him though, we just knew we needed to be persistent and patient. We have invited him to come to church over 15 times, and he always has some excuse of why he can't. We invited him to our ward Christmas party, we gave him a tour of the church before the party. There was a room completely filled with pictures depicting Christ's life and different nativity sets, after walking out of that room he said, I can feel a burning feeling in my chest, it feels good. Many members of our ward invited him to church, which was such a tender mercy! He has been invited to church for over 3 years by missionaries, but by simply being invited by members....HE CAME!!! And he loved it. Last night he called us and said: "I am finding more and more things in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints that are true and are found in the Bible that I can't find in any other church!"

Patience, patience, patience.

{It's a Christmas Miracle.}

Sister Gadi and I are "Carol Tracting" right now. Instead of just knocking on doors we sing Christmas songs right when they open the door. It has been amazing. The other night before the Christmas party we decided to do some tracting. We knocked on this one door that didn't seem like anybody was home. We were just about to leave and a lady answered the door. We began singing and tears filled her eyes. She told us that she had just gotten home from her first chemotherapy treatment because she has Leukemia. She is taking care of her husband who has Alzheimers, her mom who is 95 and her brother who is bipolar. She expressed her gratitude for bringing sunshine into her life. We read a scripture with her and said a prayer. She told us she would call us when she figures out her schedule for chemotherapy, because she wants to learn more. It was such a tender moment.

I love this gospel more than words can express.

I love you all and hope you are spreading the Christmas spirit!! Have a great week.

Sister Furniss

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