April 23, 2013 by sisterrachelknecht
Dear family and friends,
Love you all so much! I’m so grateful for you letters and cards (yes, I’ve been receiving them!).
All is well here in Lebanon, the Lord is hastening His work! (A Catholic church in the area, St. Francis, is expanding to accommodate their increasing membership! Hah hah hah…)
Summer is definitely here, but the weather has been crazy. Cold and stormy one day, 80s the next, but today looks like it’s going to be beautiful! There are some cute antique stores around here so I think we’ll do a little perusing.
This week has been so much fun! And full of tender mercies! We’ve been doing a lot of finding, knocking, contacting past investigators, that sorta thing, so most of the time we’ve been pretty busy. Of course, knocking isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but you come in contact with a lot of interesting people and have the chance to testify of the Restored Gospel, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Some people are more receptive than others, of course, but quite a few people lately have been willing to meet with us again!
Heavenly Father knows that we don’t know this area, that we’re new missionaries, and that we need His direction, so we’ve seen His hand so clearly in our daily plans. He helps us know what areas to tract, which less actives to visit, what to say, what to teach. Everything, of course. I’ve truly come to have a taste of what being an instrument in His hands means. Everyday, I strive to improve, and strive to push any negative or discouraging thoughts away. It’s so easy to feel inadequate, but it’s not worth spending time or energy worrying about. Of course I’m inadequate, that’s where the Lord comes in.
We hadn’t been able to get in contact with a past investigator, but on Saturday we passed by her house and just decided to give it a try. She was there! And was so accepting and willing to listen. She’s had such a rough life, and recognized us as answers to her prayers. We taught the Plan of Salvation, and she liked it. She text us saying she couldn’t go to church because of a bad situation happening at home, but she wanted us to come over later that afternoon on Sunday. We didn’t know what to say, what to do, or what to expect. But we went over and the Spirit took over! She said she felt so much more peace, and that she wanted to follow Christ. We committed her to reading the Book of Mormon and praying everyday. She said yes, and at the end of the visit, she prayed for us (which she didn’t feel comfortable doing the day before). It was such a beautiful, sincere prayer, and she immediately started crying afterwards. I’m praying that things get better for her, and that she’ll be faithful in trying to live what we’ve taught and testified of.
The members here are so wonderful too. Hermana Rosy Quezada (an Alduenda, of course) has been working with us to visit a family that was so close to baptism, but stopped learning and progressing. We went over to their house with her five daughters (they’re all so adorable, Rosalinda is 12, Adriana, Paolina, Selena, Shakira is 2) and met the family. They have two daughters and they are wonderful. I truly believe that they are prepared to move forward and continue on the path to be baptized.
Monserrat, who’s an investigator but practically a member, went with us yesterday to knock a few doors in the trailer park she lives in. Monserrat is so wonderful. She introduced us to friends and made them feel comfortable with the missionaries.
All is well here, and I know that the Lord will continue to bless us as we strive to be better missionaries. I have so much to work on, of course, but I know that the Lord will strengthen and qualify me.
Hermana Ayre found three ticks on her. September (Hno Salazar’s wife) just laughed with us and gave us some tips, welcome to the South!
Love you love you love you all and am so grateful for your support. Please tell the ward I’m grateful for their support and letters as well!
Hermana Rachel Knecht