Hey everyone! Did you all love conference? Did you watch it? Do you know what it is? Just kidding :D (but really if you don't email me I will tell you) I loved all the talk on the Plan of Salvation, Repentace, work, and Joy. Very inspiring. I can't wait till I can read it all again. Never have I been so motivated to do so. It's awesome. Ok first a funny story that was told in Sacrament Meeting a couple weeks ago.
Bro. Soderborg was speaking. This is a true story I promise. He is the first councilor in the Bishopbric. He told us about how one day he lost his church keys and could not find them anywhere. One night, Bro. Soderborg had a dream where he was at his mother's house in a particular bedroom. In the dream he reached up on top of a bookshelf and found his keys. The Bishop was planning on getting new keys, but Bro. Soderborg told him to wait. That weekend Bro. Soderborg went to his mothers house and went to that particular bedroom. He reached up onto the bookshelf and there he found a card saying "Happiness is knowing where your keys are." XD
This last week had some cool experiences. Firstly is one with Julie. She is getting ready to be baptized on October 22nd. We are very excited for her. She has had a few baptism dates that have fallen through in the past, but we feel that she is ready to try again. Her biggest obstacle is tithing. She is not very well off and she doesn't know how she can pay it. She can hardly keep up with life, and she does not want to commit to it if she can't do it. She wants to be baptized so badly, but with all her health problems it is a true test of faith. In the last couple months that is what we have been trying to teach her, is faith that she will be taken care of as she does pay her tithing. This last Thursday we went on splits with the Dayton ward and I got to go with Bro. Kondik, am member of only a year and a half. He has such a powerful testimony and was perfect for our lesson with Julie. He testified of trusting the Lord and having faith that even when we don't know what will happen, it will all work out ok. I shared the story of the widow and the mites, and another of when a lady gave the prophet her and her sons last meal, and was blessed with much food. I remembered those two stories and then asked Julie if she would pay her tithing no matter what. She said yes, but that it all seemed kinda scary. I told her that life is sometimes like that, but promised her she would be taken care of. I pray she will cling to her faith in Christ and that He will take care of her.
Lastly of an experience on Saturday. We had a lesson with a less active member named Cody. He is a referal from Bishop Galloway of the Comstock ward. He wanted us to go see Cody, but warned us he might be rude to us. We didn't care and went to see him. When we met him he wasn't rude at all and we set up an appointment. At the appointment this Saturday, we were talking and found is a really good guy. Very friendly. As we were getting to know him his fiance who isn't a member got home from work. She briefly went into the kitchen, but then came right back and sat down next to Cody. We asked Cody if he would be interested in coming back to church, and he said yes and his fiance Brittany was just as receptive. We thought excellent and proceeded to teach the Restoration lesson. Both were engaged the whole time. Brittany later said she has been wanting to go to church, and is very interested in ours since Cody's family is very LDS. She said she would read and pray about the Book of Mormon, and when I committed her to be baptized, she said yes! She is very interested in coming and will be very supportive with Cody in coming to church! We are super excited to keep teaching them since they are so receptive and have seemed like they have been waiting for this for awhile! I love miracles! This truly is one. It all just sort of happened and it is all so perfect! There will be obstacles, but they are so ready and prepared.
I love this gospel and this work. Thank you for all your prayers. Have a wonderful week!
Elder Kynan Sorochan