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!
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!