Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A whole bunch of random good!

A lot has happened in the past week and I have learned a lot of great things! here is a very important lesson that I learned!

 I went on exchanges with a Sister missionary that has only been out in the field for like 2 months and when we went on exchanges the whole time she was just bragging about her area and how many people they have on date and how amazing they all are. There area is just booming! I was thinking a lot about it and I was wondering why I had never been in an area that we were getting baptisms left and right. I have always been put in dead areas and my companion and I work really hard and put all our trust in the lord and right when it starts getting really amazing and we have people on date and many investigators, I always get taken out. I was a little sad about not having as many baptisms as other missionaries especially when I saw this new Sister missionary having so much success and tons of baptisms. But then I was thinking about it a lot and I am so grateful that the  lord has put me into dead area where I had to really humble myself and turn to him. As great as these Sisters are that we went on exchanges with, they were really prideful, and they had quiet a bit of an ego.  God knew that If I was in areas like this my whole mission that I would be so prideful and that I wouldn't have to rely on him for his help and guidance. I am really grateful that the Lord has humbled me so much on my mission and I truly know I am so weak and I am nothing without him.

  the most amazing thing happened this morning!!!! So three weeks ago I got a text message from My mission president and he gave me special permission to call one of my old investigators from Moxee and terrace heights, Mandy Morgan. He gave me permission because he met her and her recently baptized husband Jarred at church and they had just barely moved to Kennewick, from moxee.   He wanted to make sure I had her knew address so I could write her and keep encouraging her to take the lessons. So when I called her 3 weeks ago she told me that she lived right by the temple. I told her that I was going to the temple on the 24th and that she could stop by and say hi if she wanted to! When I was in the temple today praying, i was asking Heavenly Father if I am doing enough and even making a difference.   I have been Struggling I guess a little bit lately with just wanting to make sure that I am the missionary that Heavenly Father wants me to be and making sure I am giving everything I have to him. When I walked out of the temple I hear someone yell my name, and it was Mandy! she came just running to me and we just embraced! I didn't think she was going to come and when I was talking to her I knew that it was an answer to my prayers that even though I don't have the most baptisms and I am not the best at teaching and I have so many weaknesses, that I am still making a difference. it made me think of this scripture: " And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentence unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my father!" I know this scripture is true. There is something so special about Mandy and I knew That when I first met her, we knew each other in pre-mortal life! She is still not baptized but is taking the lessons.  I know she will be soon though.  When we were at the temple i saw the sweetest picture ever of Mandy and her husband getting sealed together forever with their little baby Carter. Her Husband Jarrad is a strong new member though and he has an awesome calling! and I know that he will help Mandy to know that she already knows the church is true and one day they will make it to the temple together. :)

 It has been an amazing day and week! Tons of miracles are happening and I am learning so much! love you all!
 love, Sister Lindmeir

Monday, September 22, 2014

Elder Lindmeir

this week on the mission!

we are having a blast in valley center!! there is so much work to do and we have really, I mean really been able to build the wards trust which is everything in missionary work!!! so now the fun part begins to find there friends so we can teach more people!
this week we had some awesome experiences!
#1 we are teaching this family and the wife of the families parents are accually members and converted about 5 years ago, and this is the first time when she accually wants the missionary lesson so we are giving it to them. we first tought her about faith and baptism about a week ago and this week we tought her about the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we were teaching her before the lesson we told her " we are going to invite you to be baptized but as we teach ask yourself why? why would you Rachael need to be baptized?" and so we started teaching and it was going great and then right we started talking about baptism she stops, and asks us a question and it was " were in the bible does it tell me that I have to be baptized to go to heaven because before my dad converted he just told me all I have to do to go to heaven is just believe in Christ." so we read the famous scripture of John 3:5, then as she read and pondered on that scripture she askes  " why do you put your hands on people heads to give them the Gift of the Holy Ghost?" then we read Acts 8, and as she pondered and read it.. there was a pause, and I just new that she had gotten her answer that she needs to get baptized, and so after about a 20 second pause I asked her " will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized by someone who holds the priesthood authority from god? and she pasued and said yep! and we gave her the date in wich could get baptized by and she said it works!! so as wqe are teaching her we turned to her husband ( witch accually there not married but they have been living together for the past 5 years ) and invited him too, and he didn't answer but she interrupted and said alright what do we have to do to be baptized? and we said well you either get married or move out, and Rachael gave Richard ( her boyfriend ) an ultimatum!! she said "well either we get married in the next couple weeks and get baptized together or your leaving!" hahaha it was crazy!!!!!!! sometimes that's what you got to do. hopefully he getsd his answer that these things are true in the next couple weeks!

#2 about 20 people from the ward on Saturday helped us build one of our recent converts roof for there house, and accually the father of the house is not a member and theres a grandma who lives in the same house and boy she sure hates us and is really anti Mormon! but when she saw 20 people who accually do construction for a living come and build her house, she was impressed!! and i accually got to talk with her and she was a lot nicer than before so her heart is softening! its awesome! we almost finished the roof of there house and at the end we set up an appointment with Roy who is the dad of the house and who isn't a member yet, we set the lesson that night around 7. we went by and we tought him the plan of salvation/the power of the priesthood authority. the reason he hasent become a member is because he believes you don't need an authority and that he doesn't need to be baptized to be a part of the church.
so we tought everything to his questions and concerns, and throughout the lesson we were able to commit him for baptism. but he was still kind of unsure. so yesterday he came to church and during the second hour ( gospel principles ) our ward mission leader brother reilly ( who is a boss ) gets up to the stand and starts teaching about baptism and about half way through the lesson he asks our row when we got baptized, and he started at one end and ended with Roy our investigator and when it came to him he said " I am getting baptized.  " he got supper stoked and everyone around him and he has some things to overcome but throught the gospel he can.
its so great to see this family get so excited for each other as they are coming unto the fold! cant wait to see them go to the temple!!! amazing things are happening and I have never felt so grateful for all the wonderful things we are given i love my mission and it means everything to me. its the lords time to bring his children back to him, how could there be anything greater than that?
love you all
elder lindmeir