Mummy and Daddy,
We had the big transfer this week. I went around and said many a tearful good bye to the people of Wharfe Valley. I swear, I blub more on this mission of mine than I ever have in my whole life! I can't even handle myself anymore Hahahaha. We went to transfer meeting, and I received Sister DeLucchi! It's official....we seriously have WAY TOO MUCH FUN! When we're not laughing at random things (Jazzies, pizza ads, and door knockers), we're running after buses. When we're not running after buses, we're sitting next to oldies, chatting about the gospel. When we're not chatting to oldsters on the buses, we're running after posh people in the streets. When we're not charging people down in the streets, we're witnessing miracles happen. Honestly, we've witnesses many a miracle already, and it's what...only the first week?!
We met this man named Kevin my first night in Horbury. We set up an appointment, which he cancelled because he had a bad day at work. We went knocking on another street and we both felt, "Go see Kevin." So we did. We basically barged our way into his home so we could sing him a song and say a prayer with him. Let me paint the scene. Dogs barking like mad in the other room. Kevin saying, "Listen, I'm going to bed. I'm stressed from work. I'm tired. I'll call you some other time...." Cars honking in the street, Neighbors yelling. Then we said, " Ok ok, we'll just do this last thing and we'll leave." Immediately we started singing, I Believe in Christ." All went still. I watched Kevin's face change...I'm not sure how to describe it. At the end Kevin said, "Wow....that really chilled me out......even my dogs are quiet." We talked to him more about the Spirit, and baptism and scheduled him to be baptized!!!! Bam! Miracle!
We had an appointment with someone named Jonny we met in the street. He gave us a phony address, but when we called his phone his girlfriend invited us over to her place. So we took a member with us out to a seedy part of town to see these people. On the way, we got a prank call of this girl croaking, "I'm the devil's daughter." I laughed. The member got scared and told me to put the phone down. I felt like I should be nice, tell her she was just the person I wanted the share the gospel with. She hung up. We found the door, knocked and this sketchy character invited us in. I felt calm, so we went in. We peered through the haze and saw four people. Jonny, his girlfriend and his two other friends, Kyle and Sammy. Sammy we learned was the "devil's daughter." We started our lesson, and talked about the Plan of Salvation. Sammy and Kyle were saying all sorts of choice comments. Kyle kept saying, "I'm a total atheist, me" As we talked some more, they all started asking questions.
Kyle asked, "So will I see people that have died again?"
Jonny: I thought you were a total atheist, remember?
Kyle: Well we're talking about it.......I'm thinking about it ok!
...five minutes later.....
Kyle: I don't think I'm an atheist anymore.....
.....five minutes later.......
Me: I want to testify to you that I KNOW this is our Heavenly Father's plan for us---
Kyle (looking methodical): I think deep down everyone knows it's true. BAM! MIRACLE!!! They all told us how they've lost people they want to see again and they'd do ANYTHING to hug them again. We scheduled them ALL to be baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BAM!!!!! MIRACLE!!!! Even though there were people swinging axes around in the street outside, the Spirit was so strong and touched each of their hearts in a way that they KNEW it was true!!!.....wow.
Some of our other miracles:
We had someone invite us off the street to talk to them. Miracle!!!!!!!
We had someone follow us to the chapel for a chapel tour, and we scheduled them to be baptized!!! Miracle!
Met an eternal investigator, taught him the importance of the Book of Mormon which he finally understood!!!!!! He wanted to make Jesus Christ happy and get baptized with his power!!!!! Miracle!
All because of the Spirit. We felt the Spirit in abundance!!! It truly is amazing the effect it has on people. I know this is true! I know there is no way I could have taught, persuaded or explained anything to these people to make them want to believe....it was only the Spirit they felt! This is so true!!! I just wished more people would open their hearts to the wonderful truth that comes from the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ!!!!......wow....I am just so humbled and so grateful for it in my life...
In other news, I learned to juggle...sort of. :D
I love you so much! I really can't thank you enough for letting me be out here!!!! Thank you!
Love Always and Forever,
Your Sister Stephanie White