Thursday, November 10, 2016

Prayers of Faith brings Miracles

November 9, 2016

Howdy y'all,

This week was so good! Remember that miracle that happened last week that led to us finding that family? Well they are golden! They have committed to coming to church this week and they are excited to get baptized. Tonight we are setting a date with them and possibly with two other people! Lots of exciting things happening.

Last night we had a cool miracle that gave me the title of this email. We had 2 pretty solid set appointments that fell through at the last second and our back up plans weren't bringing much about. We decided to pull over and say a prayer. We prayed together and then pondered for a little bit while looking over some of our records. A decision was made to look someone up. That person wasn't home but we found a man on the street that has met with missionaries before and asked us to stop by this Saturday. We then noticed on our map that a member, we had tried to talk to our first week, lived nearby. This member didn't open the door the first time we came by, but we decided to try again hoping that things had changed in his life to soften his heart. He opened the door and was excited to see us! His daughter recently turned 8 and he wants her to get baptized! We are going over Friday to meet with both of them. It was so cool to see how things worked out and how the revelation wasn't totally clear but as we followed our best judgement, we were eventually guided to this man and his daughter. I know that this is the Lords work and that God answers our prayers! I know it... sometimes we might feel like he isn't answering because it just isn't so clear, but often times the answer is "I trust you and I will guide you along the way." It is interesting to me but so cool!

With what I just said about prayers being answered, here is a quote in preach my gospel by Elder Dallin H. Oaks: 
“[A person may have] a strong desire to be led by the Spirit of the Lord but … unwisely extends that desire to the point of wanting to be led in all things. A desire to be led by the Lord is a strength, but it needs to be accompanied by an understanding that our Heavenly Father leaves many decisions for our personal choices. Personal decision making is one of the sources of the growth we are meant to experience in mortality. Persons who try to shift all decision making to the Lord and plead for revelation in every choice will soon find circumstances in which they pray for guidance and don’t receive it. For example, this is likely to occur in those numerous circumstances in which the choices are trivial or either choice is acceptable.
        “We should study things out in our minds, using the reasoning powers our Creator has placed within us. Then we should pray for guidance and act upon it if we receive it. If we do not receive guidance, we should act upon our best judgment. Persons who persist in seeking revelatory guidance on subjects on which the Lord has not chosen to direct us may concoct an answer out of their own fantasy or bias, or they may even receive an answer through the medium of false revelation”

Love you all! Have the best week ever.

Elder Mackintosh

Here is a not so good pic of us with all the
mail to deliver to the missionaries. Oh! Also, the woman that took the picture for us is Hungarian and YES we gave her a Hungarian Book of Mormon.  Oh yeah! :) 

The city. Taxi had an inappropriate add, so we edited it (jaja)

Video of the fall in NY.  I'm the passenger filming.  

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