Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sacrifice brings miracles

Friends and Family, 

First off, I must apologize. I set a goal at the beginning of the transfer to try and take a picture every day, and so far this week I have taken one picture. It's a lot harder than you'd think. Taking pictures just isn't in my natural disposition I guess. With all this being said, I have no pictures to share. The one picture I did take I took of the door of our apartment, just for the sake of taking a picture that day, 

As a mission, we're really trying to encourage all of the missionaries to spend at least one hour tracting each day. Spending at least one hour each day out knocking doors has had such an impact on the work in so many ways. We have seen the Lord bless us in many unexpected ways because of our efforts to find. On Tuesday we needed to go and try and visit a new investigator that we had found a couple days ago, but after we knocked on his door his wife told us that he had left about half an hour earlier to go pick up their kids from school. We asked the wife to please tell her husband that we had stopped by, and went on our way. As we were walking away from the door and back towards the car to go visit our back-up plan, a thought came to my mind. I looked at my companion and said, "Why don't we go tract the street up the block?" The wind was beating hard, our toes were very frozen, and the temptation to get into the car and drive to visit another investigator was very present in our minds. We had already planned an hour of tracting later on in the day, but he looked back at me and with a shrug of the shoulders we started walking up the block. Once we arrived at the first door, we knocked once and nobody answered. We started walking back down the pathway and onto the next house when a car drove by and honked at us. We walked over and the driver rolled down the window, and to our amazement it was our investigator who we had just tried to contact! He was on his way home from picking up the kids, and saw us knocking doors and told us to come back to his house so we could teach him more. 

If we had not decided to sacrifice the warmth and comfort of the car, we would not have been able to teach our investigator that day. Sacrifice brings miracles. Every time we make a choice to sacrifice something for the Lord, whatever it may be and however small it may seem, the Lord blesses us greatly every single time. Whatever you might be holding back from the altar of sacrifice, know that the blessings will make whatever it is worth it. 

Another miracle from this week comes from Tuesday night. We had a member come out with us to visit a less-active member in the branch, but our appointment fell through. Happens every once in a while as missionaries. We looked at the member and asked him, "Who do you home teach?" He mentioned some families and one stood out to me for some reason. We went by and knocked on the door and a familiar face opened up. Many moons ago, I shared a story about finding a family because I helped some kids get a chicken back inside a fence. Ariana, the mom of the family, opened the door! We haven't been able to find her for so long, and it was because she was living with her parents now. Her Dad, Procoro, is a member of the church. The one that our member was assigned to home teach. 

We taught Ariana and her kids and her brothers while Hermano Webber taught Procoro. We set a return appointment and went back and invited them to church and Ariana and her two kids came to church! I was on cloud 9 the rest of the day. They are SUCH a cool family, and seeing them at church and love it filled me with joy. My companion and I decided to go to Primary to sit with Ariana's kids and help them feel comfortable, so it was also a nice throwback to the good ol' days with sharing time and singing time. 

The Lord has truly been blessing us this week. Love you and miss you all, as always. Special birthday shout out to the best younger brother anybody could ask for. Happy birthday Aaron. Shouts outs. 

Con Mucho Amor, 

Elder King

(note from editor-mom:  since William didn't send a picture, I'll share one he sent to me.  these missionaries do some crazy things with their spare time!!)

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