Thursday, May 5, 2016

Planting Seeds

Friends and Family, 

We've had some really cool experiences this week. Once again while visiting some potentials in a trailer park in our area, we saw Bro. Cumpton out working with his son trying to build a fence. We said hello and asked if we could do anything to help out, and he had us help him move some lumber and nail some boards together, and then asked him if we could help him do some family history work. We went in and he pulled out his computer and we helped him enter in some info for his ancestors. He told us that he knows that he and his wife aren't able to go to the temple yet, but he told his son that lives in another ward in the stake that he will do all of the work if his son and his daughter-in-law will go to the temple and perform all of the ordinances. It's amazing to see how important the work of salvation is the both of them!

On Friday, we had a lesson planned for a part-member family that we've been working with for a while now. We prayed and planned for our lesson, and decided that we would read 1 Nephi 17 with them and discuss how we can face difficult times in our lives. Our Ward Mission Leader came out with us to our lesson, and on the way there he was talking to us about how hard work has been for him lately. At the end of our lesson, he looked at us and thanked us for prayerfully planning that lesson, and that reading and discussing the faith that Nephi had as he faced so much opposition while trying to build a boat really helped him out with the trials he was facing at work. Another great reason to bring members with us to lessons, sometimes they are the ones who need to hear the lesson! 

In that same lesson, our investigator Rafael shared a cool story with us. He said that 20 years ago he had to fly from Seattle down to Mexico and on the plane someone sat next to him and talked with him for a long time and at one point the conversation reached the Book of Mormon. The man who sat next to him was a member of the church, and explained a little bit about the Book of Mormon and offered a copy to Rafael, to which Rafael said he was okay and that the man could keep the book. A couple months ago, Rafael saw that same man at a bus station and instantly recognized him. He went up and talked with him, and said that he and his family were now reading the Book of Mormon together. 

It's amazing to think about what impact our actions and choices can have on those around us and the future. We never know when we are planting seeds, and we never know how much fruit those seeds will bring. When you cut an apple, you can count the seeds, but you can not count the apples from a seed, for it can be infinite. You never will know the influence you will have and how that influence can spread. 

Con Mucho Amor, 

Elder King

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