“RELYING ON THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD”

MARCH 3, 2014

This week was a lot better. We worked harder and smarter, so things happened and people were found and we were happy!
On Monday evening we went to see Caroline. We walked in and she was so sad. Once she finished getting the kids to bed, we started talking and she had just gotten back from visiting her sister in the hospital. She has breast cancer. Caroline was so sad and distraught and couldn’t really handle herself. We talked for a few minutes, and we couldn’t really find anything that really helped. I would open my scriptures, and then close them because I couldnt find anything. It was to the point where we literally were just waiting and saying prayers in our heads to help us find something to help her. She was talking and said that she felt like there was a dark cloud over her. Then, it happened. Elder Harding and I, at the same time, picked up our scriptures. With out looking at each other or saying anything, we both turned to D&C 121. We read the first 9 verses with her. It worked. The spirit filled the room, and as we read more scriptures from section 122 and 123, it just got stronger. Finally, I felt a very strong prompting to tell her something. I said something along the lines of “You just made a covenant with God almost a week ago. You promised to stand as a witness of God at all times, in all things, and in all places. You promised to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that need comforting. The members of the ward will do that for you, and you need to do that for your family. You are the rock of your family, the only one that knows the truth. They dont know that they can be with your sister again, but you do. You need to be the support. They need you more than ever now.” Those weren’t the exact words, but along those lines. It was incredible. Kenny, one of the black twins in the ward, then bore a powerful testimony. This lesson was one of the best I have been in, all because we listened and RELIED on the Spirit. By the time we left, she was smiling and super excited about her new scriptures that Mum got her. On tuesday afternoon, she called us from the hospital. Her sister passed away, leaving 4 boys behind. She told us about how after she had passed away, everyone was hysterical. She then said a prayer and everyone quieted down. After the prayer, they all were okay and asked about how she prayed like that. Later on, she talked to all the family members individually about the church. She is such a great example.

We got 2 new investigators this week! Tina is about 50 and we stopped her on the side walk after we knocked on a door of a referral. We talked to her about families, and she really liked what we believe. We will see her on tuesday.

Marcelo was a referral from the Ilford missionaries. He is from Sau Paulo and is so golden. He loves church and we will hopefully baptise him very soon.

We have loved serving with each other, Elder Harding and I. We are always laughing and smiling. This whole week we were freaking out because this transfer has been the fastest transfer of our missions. we hope to stay together next transfer, although that isn’t very likely because I will then be in Stratford for 7 1/2 months, but I would not mind that!

I love you all so much! Send me pictures!

Elder Leavitt

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