Monday, September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013


Life has been absolutely crazy the past two weeks. This transfer has been amazing. It's challenging but amazing.

Right now we only have a few investigators. Jesus is the best. He's so prepared and is so hungry to learn the gospel. Every time we teach him he just gets it and asks questions of the soul. He's been through a lot in the past three months and has found peace and joy in the gospel. We're working on setting a baptism date but his family is not supportive of that. They can accept him taking lessons and learning about the church but will not be ok with him being baptized. We're praying really hard to have the hearts of his family be softened. He just glows whenever he talks about the gospel and bears his testimony. I'm humble to be teaching him!

Our other investigator is Carolyn Beckford. She's an older woman who has four adopted sons who are 10, 11, 15, and 16. She's had a lot of contact with missionaries in the past and knows what we teach but doesn't know and feel that it's true. We've gotten to a point where all we can do is see her and testify. She knows she needs to take action and pray with real intent for an answer but she doesn't have the desire to do that. Her two youngest boys are amazing. They're involved in scouts and come to church every week with a member family and absolutely love church and what they learn. We're praying a lot for their family and will continue to work with them and teach them. It's really up to them if they want to continue investigating the church. 

I've been having a lot of back pain lately and it came to a point where I was going to physical therapy to help with pain. I got a blessing from the Elders in our zone who live in the same apartment complex we do. Every time I get a blessing I am amazed at these younger men who act on behalf of God. The priesthood is really amazing and I'm grateful that I can feel the power of the priesthood. We had a lesson on the priesthood in Relief Society in Northpoint ward and the teacher used a lamp to describe the priesthood. The outlet was the power of god and the cord was the priesthood holder. The lamp was the ordinance (whether it is baptism, blessings, or the sacrament) and the light bulb was the power or blessings we experience and can see. We all are given the ability to experience the power of the priesthood but only the worthy can receive the authority to administer that power. I'm grateful to have the power and authority of God here on the earth again to administer ordinances needed for salvation and exaltation.

Love, Sister Dunn

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