Wednesday, October 8, 2014

General Conference Miracles

Hi all,
I don't even know where to begin with this past week. Heavenly Father is truly hastening His work and it is so humbling to be a part of it! This past week was filled with miracles and it was a great testimony builder for me that the Lord blesses those who are obedient and continue in the faith, especially when it is tried. Ether 12:6 is so true! We "receive no witness until after the trial of your faith."

To start off, Wednesday we had a zone training in St. John's. Afterwards, we set out to contact a media referral (probably the second media referral I have received my whole mission!) that we received for a woman named Diane out in Dildo, about 30 minutes from Bay Roberts. The day before we had set up the appointment, but when we arrived in Dildo we could not find her house. (No one has house numbers out here, so it makes finding people an adventure!) The address we had for her was on the main road and we kept talking to different people who had differing opinions of what the main road in Dildo was. We couldn't get a hold of her and kept driving and walking around trying to find her house. Finally she responded and couldn't give us very good directions to her house. We were about to give up and head home, but stopped to fill up our truck with gas before driving back. Miraculously, a woman at the gas station knew where Diane lived and gave us directions. Still a little frustrated, we made it to her house, where she had been waiting outside for probably 20 to 30 minutes for us to arrive. The miracles continued as she told us about how she had found a pass along card in her house randomly one day (but told us she had never met missionaries before) and felt to call the number on the back. She had been going through a hard time but since she called that number, she felt peace. We taught her about a living prophet and apostles, which she was really excited about, and then taught how Jesus Christ was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. She didn't know that, and we invited her to be baptized. Her response was powerful. She said, "I love the Lord, so I should keep His commandments." Both Sister Comfort and I left that lesson feeling so humbled and so grateful for the Lord's guidance. He knows each of  us personally and He knew what Diane needed that night. Sometimes we just have to persevere in faith!

Wednesday we also received a referral from an excommunicated member, who has a powerful testimony of the gospel.  He had been talking to his new neighbor about the Church and she was very interested in learning more. Her name is Karen. She is a single mom with an 11 year old son named Nolan.They just moved here from Ontario because her mom was moving back here to retire. Karen comes from a long line of preachers and her grandfather introduced the Pentecostal religion to Newfoundland. She has searched many different churches and religions, but never felt satisfied with any of them. When she moved to Newfoundland with her son, she decided she would go back to her roots and go to the Pentecostal church but still didn't feel very happy with it. Our first lesson with her was powerful! She knew that what we were teaching was true and we invited her to baptized on November 1. She is SO prepared and the Lord needs her in the Bay Roberts branch right now. With that, Satan is also very aware of the good she will do and he has been working hard on her through every means possible. She told us on Saturday that she didn't want to continue looking into this anymore and felt she should stay with her church. We prayed hard that night with faith that she would come back when the time was right. On Sunday, halfway through the last session of General Conference, she and her son walked into the chapel! Sister Comfort and I were so happy!!! Every single talk she listened to that night answered the concerns and questions she had. She told us that she had been talking to her neighbor again that night and he had told her she needed to go to conference. She prayed for a sign, told the Lord that she would go to conference but that He would need to tell her there if she should look into this more. The talks that night could not have been more perfect for her. That was direct revelation from Heavenly Father to His servants to meet the needs of a humble seeker of truth. She is so excited to join the Church and wants to be involved in it now. 

The Lord is preparing His children and we need to find them. There are people all around us who are searching. Open your mouth with love and He will fill it. Being an instrument in the hands of the Lord is the most rewarding experience! There is no reason to fear what man may think. Jesus Christ lives and this is His Church. He is preparing the world for His second coming. We must be committed to Him and His work. That is the ONLY way to peace in this life and in the life to come. As Lynn G. Robbins said on Saturday, "Which way do you face?"    

I love you all! The Lord is aware of each of us. Never doubt that. Continue in faith, even when things are dark or confusing. The light will come and it will be glorious. Loved President Uchtdorf's talk! Hold tight to the rod and never let go. Thank you for your prayers and support!

Sister Maren Renda

Christ is the reason!

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