July 2nd, 2012
Happy Missionary Monday and Happy July 4th!!!!
Thanks everyone for the great e-mails and support. I have received no letters in the mail by anyone except Jordan who faithfully writes every week. I am out of stamps and have been for a couple weeks now with no way to get more so if you are wondering where your letters are- that's where. Sorry! I feel so guilty about this that I don't feel guilty anymore.
This week was a good one. We got the privilege of attending the Temple, doing interviews and getting training, and really getting to start work in the new 3rd ward that we now cover. We have three awesome people with baptismal dates coming up! (One of my favorite moments of the week was getting to talk with one of these on the phone for 30 or 45 minutes and extending a baptismal date. We read from the Bible together, we laughed, we talked through concerns; man, it was just.... AWESOME!!!!) He is an incredible guy and his name is Bruce. He and his wife, Oi (From Taiwan, or Thailand) are set to be baptized on July 21st. Our other young candidate is a boy about 9 years old who lost a father in the military.
My companion probably hates me because I am a weirdo about this Power Hour thing. I just LOVE it!!!! We have to sacrifice dinners, make members jump through the rings, but, oh man, does it bring miracles!! So this last week, there was a day we went to a house for dinner with like 10 minutes before Power Hour started. I HATE even being 1 minute late, so when the rule is to start at 6:00 pm, that doesn't mean 6:01 pm or 6:02 pm. So we quickly shared a message, got on our knees and the head of the household offered a prayer. We grabbed the dinner that they had packed for us and suddenly the man of the house asked if he could come with us. Well, YEA!!!!!!!!! So he throws on some clothes and we run out the door. This fantastic example of a man went TRACTING with us. And it was his idea! He loved it! I loved it! He drove us all over the place, talking to everyone, we stopped by some families he knew and wanted to teach (Including one who did not want the missionaries over.) By the end of the night, I was stoked and pumped.
Then, the next day he texted us and told us that he had found a family for us to teach! What in the world?! His name is Brother Eggett and his name shall be written on halls of glory.... or something like that.
On Sunday, we were at Church from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, attending all three of our ward's services and it was INCREDIBLE when this member stood up and bore a powerful testimony about the day he came and did Power Hour with us and about how he has regained his fire for missionary work. It was even more of a MIRACLE when this happened consistently in multiple of our wards' fast and testimony meetings.
The point is- the Church is true! God Himself accomplishes His miracles in His way, and the coolest of which are the kind like this- where eternal outcomes are changed, where people are changed! Fires have been lit, the good word shall now proceed forth from the pumped up members of many wards. Miracles should cease to cease. Make it happen people! God lives!
I love you all and acknowledge every one of you as a miracle to me!
-Elder Ryan A. Bell