~ The Miracle (song by Shawna Belt Edwards)
This has honestly been one of my favorite songs to listen to as a missionary. The first time I heard it was actually sung by my triplet cousins at their older brother’s homecoming. However, this song makes me smile and get teary eyed every time.
Jesus truly is a God of miracles. Not just in missionary life, but in everyone’s life. And as you read 1 Nephi 21:14-16, as I did this week, you will realize that His Atonement truly is the most incredible miracle.
14 But, behold, Zion hath said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me—but he will show that he hath not.
15 For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
I read this and can’t help but think of the love Christ has for every single one of us. We are reminded of His love every time we reach out for His worn, scarred hands. He will never forget us.
I can tell you 100% that He hasn’t forgotten about me clear out in the Boonies. Sometimes it may feel like it, but He’s still there usually carrying me through it without me realizing. So, how did He manifest His miracles out here this week?
Sister Concardas and I were feeling a little down towards the end of this week when our goals began to seem too daunting. We set a goal for 4 new friends…by Saturday we only had 1, and no appointments to meet new friends. We also had a goal for 3 people at Sacrament meeting…but we didn’t even have 3 friends, so who were we going to get to come? It appeared as if their would be no way except by miracle to reach them.
Well, it’s a good thing we believe in miracles. After giving Enos a run for his money in prayer, on Saturday, we ran into a mom and her two sons at the park. She wasn’t immediately willing to set up or give a phone number, but she told us it was fate and we parted with her Line (which she hadn’t even added back at that point–and usually that doesn’t bode well for us). Well, Sunday morning rolls around and she adds our Lines. We send off a text inviting her to church. 30 minutes later she and her twin sons show up, fall in love with church, and our members gave them a nice warm welcome! They set up again, and the three of them are so excited to keep learning!
After Zeng JM got baptized we only had one friend left that we were teaching. We were running out of ideas and needed to expand our teaching pool. We were about to leave the park for dinner. In fact, I already had my helmet on. However, Sister Concardas and I both looked up and decided we needed to go talk to that mom. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to follow promptings of the Spirit. I’m also very grateful for some answered prayers.
Thanks to those answered prayers, (and trust me there was a lot of praying), and some hard work, we were able to reach all of the goals we set this week.
Just some other awesome things that happened this week~
~Zeng JM pulled out her Book of Mormon that she truly had begun studying and tabbing and she shows me her favorite scripture. It just so happens that it’s my favorite in 1 Nephi 11:16-17 as well. I about started crying as the reasons for it being the same in our lives are very similar.
~We took some time this week to send personally chosen scriptures or Conference Talks to some of our ward members and simply tell them how much they were loved. Little actions go a long ways. There were many people who truly needed what we were saying. I’m now gonna be one of those cliche missionaries and challenge you to send a scripture or quote to someone (member of the church or not), but trust me it will make their day!
Have a great week!
I love you all so so so much!!!