Mummy and Daddy
This week we had quite the experience. SO....Horbury....like many of the Sister Areas....is a villiage....just a little guy....not many people. So lately we've been struggling to find people to teach. All the people in the area honestly have talked with us before. For many we're on a first name basis....for the majority, we have nicknames for them like the "The Unfortunate Bearded Fellow filled with Rage" and "The Unfortunate Bearded Woman bent on Revenge." etc etc. etc.. Bottom line is: People aren't too keen on us here.....which I will never understand because I am nothing but pleasant, personable, and filled with good news. In any case we had something beautiful happen.
One night, as we planned the next day's desperation, I thrust the map onto the floor, and in a cloud of debris, pleaded with Heavenly Father to show us where to go. There I was pouring over this map, brushing off stray crumbs, going street by street. Meanwhile people brushed their teeth, picked their toes, breathed loudly, yet there I remained. Show me please! This street, Fearnley Drive, made my heart pound. Oooooh! I pick that one. I traced this street with my pencil....my heart burned....oooooooh....I will go there.....on that side of the street....at this time. So that's what I did...In the torrential downpour. :D We knocked that street till we turned blue in the face. When all hope seemed lost I said to myself, "No! I felt it! He told me they're here!" So we knocked on this door, and this woman answered. She was so happy to see us saying that she is dear friends with half of the Horbury Ward. She's never had a gospel discussion with members of the church, but she has all these doctrinal questions she's never asked. If she were to join a church, she would choose ours! She accepted the invitation to be baptized and was so excited to feel relief from bitterness that she still holds on to from her past! The only reason we haven't found her in the past is because she's been on holiday and recently moved into the area. BAM! MIRACLE!!!! See....what did I say?! Heavenly Father ALWAYS answers prayers!
I am just so grateful for sincere prayer. I am so appreciative of my growing perspective of why we go through difficult things. Every difficult thing we go through really is an opportunity for us to refine ourselves....to become more like the Savior....to be happier....to put on divine nature. I am learning more and more this lesson: Don't resent the very things that help you become what God knows you can be. More often than not I want more knowledge, I want to be better, I want to do all these things, but I expect them to come without struggle or discomfort. :D Growth does not and cannot come an easy route. It just doesn't work that way. :D I'm so grateful for the trust God has in me, and for the changes I get to make whilst I'm on this mission. Thank you so much! I love you so much!
Love always and forever#
Your Sister Stephanie White