Monday, October 14, 2013

It's great to be a missionary!

Fall in Vienna! 

 This week has been good! My ratio was right around 1/10 people we talked to, wanted to hear more. Sadly, one in 10 of the 1/10 is an English speaker so it's hard sometimes to find potentials for us! haha that being said, we're been working really hard and found two new investigators this week! J is from Romania and Vincent is from Nigeria.  V came to 6 hours of GC, (I think I told ya'll about his last week. We had three lessons with him in three days because he just wanted to hear more and more.  At the end of our first lesson, I felt really strongly to invite him to pray about a baptismal date and WHAM! He prayed about the church, the Book of Mormon, Thomas S. Monson, and Joseph Smith! All after our very first lesson with him.  Just like James 1:5 promised, when we ask in faith, God will answer our questions! V came to the next lesson with a firm testimony that this church is the restored church of Jesus Christ on the Earth. It really was incredible to see how much one progress one person can make when they have the faith and are willing/ready to act on it! He then decided that November 23rd is the day, he would like to be baptized into our church.  We taught him all about the Baptismal Covenant and what that would mean for the rest of his life.  Meaning, that this is an eternal commitment, that we make to God to really change and decide to follow him the remainder of our lives.  He completely understood and said, that after he was baptized, he would like to return home to Africa and teach his friends and family about God's true church on the Earth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Following that incredible lesson, we were fairly certain that there was no way we could have a better lesson with V! We knew he would be so excited to hear about any gospel lesson, we felt like he really needed to hear about the Plan of Salvation.  As we taught the Plan of Salvation, he was glowing! He just smiled the entire time and would ask all these questions about how he could help his ancestors receive these truths as well! We were winding down the lesson, talking about the degrees of Glory, when he started telling us about his dream the night before.  He was in a dark room all alone, when a door opened and he saw Sister Clark and I, dressed all in white. We reached out to him and he came through that door into a bright, beautiful room.  We took him by the hand and led him down a path until we reached a white veil. He talked about how happy and joyful he felt in this beautiful, white place and that he knew we were going to help him reach the kingdom of God. That what we were teaching him was the path that God wanted him to be on.  The Spirit was so strong. After relating the rest of his dream, we all just sat there and looked at each other.  It's incredible to really know that God will show unto ús the way, all that we need to do is ask!  It was at this moment that I knew I wouldn't be transferred because I needed to be here to help him prepare for Baptism and to really begin his journey to the kingdom of God.

So when Transfer calls came, it was no surprise because HEY! I'm staying in Wien for another six weeks! This'll be my fourth transfer here and I can't imagine a better place to serve for the first 6 months of my mission.  Wien is a city of miracles! :) And Sister Clark and I will be here to see them all! The other Sisters in my apartments are getting split.  Sister Lewis is headed to Switzerland and Sister Motto (Sister Clark's last companion) is coming here to work with Sister Judd.  It'll be cool to get to meet her because I've heard so much about her! Also, we're staying Sister Training Leaders (YAY!) so we'll get to do exchanges with all the sisters in our zone again this next transfer! I'm excited to get to meet the new ones that are coming! AND GUESS WHO ELSE IS COMING TO WIEN ZONE! Yep, you guessed it. The only person I know from before my mission, Elder Callin Christensen. So crazy to think we'll be seeing each other in missionary mode but cool!
As you can see, this week was as usual the best week ever!  We had Zone Training with our whole zone, set a baptismal date, found out about transfers, taught a million and a half lessons, R came to church, and are going to the aquarium today. It's great to be a missionary!
I love you all and hope you have the best week ever!
Sister Harman

1 comment:

  1. She is such an exuberant, fun, happy missionary! Love reading her letters. She is going to have so much fun with Sis Motto in her apartment!