Monday, October 7, 2013

Avoiding the "Rush" Underdogs, Awesome Mebane Members, & General Conference Hangover!!

Hi everyone.  This is Kristi.  I added a few mini explanations in Jeff's blog.  My additions are bolded.    Hope you are all doing well!!

Hello everyone!! Blog time!

It’s incredible to see all the wonderful things that the Lord is giving to us on a daily basis. I think that’s a really important thing to look for in life, the every day things, and I’ve really been trying to put an increased focus on that.

Starting off with a funny story.  A few weeks ago, a lady told us that her husband probably wasn’t going to choose to be baptized. However, she was confident in her answer, when she just shrugged and said, “It’s okay, I’ll just do it when he’s dead”.  Better late than never!

Facebook has been a miracle worker for the past week… I got an email from someone that I’d taught and been around with in Morehead City.  (My second area). He would always drive us to and from our service at a museum every week, and we always had good gospel chats. He also tried to play Rush (for those of you who don't know what Rush is, it is Jeff's favorite Rock band),  a couple times… IT was pretty hard to deny "Tom Sawyer", (One of the Band Rush's Songs), but hey sacrifice is sacrifice… Through the miracle of Facebook, we were able to meet up once more!  He said that he wanted to discuss some things, possibly a little bit more offline… We talked to him a bit, and he said, that the influence that the spirit that he felt, as we had shared the gospel and worked with him, brought him closer to Christ, and he decided to commit himself to Christ by being baptized!!!..... the Baptist church!  BUT, then he said that he would like to be rebaptized in our church by Elder Packard or myself sometime, and for us to make the arrangements to get down there and work it out!!  What a miracle to see that!!  I bear testimony that we are truly influences to so many people that we don’t even recognize at times… Even just the smallest, slightest contact you have with someone, can be an add-on to the spoonful of the gospel, that will surely help the spirit go down into their hearts. This Gospel is so true!  Especially after watching a wonderful General Conference, I’m here to testify to that! The words of the prophets, seers, and revelators, are very much from God, and are for our everlasting benefit! “Look up” and search for the miracles in your every day lives. :)

We actually got a random, call this morning.  We were sent over to a member’s house, who had just moved in, to bless their home, due to the fact that her husband would be working late shift every once in a while.  

Also, we had a WONDERFUL experience as we were teaching this man! Now we’ve been teaching him for a while, and he’s presented us with a lot of deep doctrinal questions concerning the book of Enoch, the Masons, and so forth… a LOT  of thing.  We’ve
just told him over time, to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, and to find the truth by the answer that God gives you. So we went over, and he again pulled out a bible encyclopedia, and the
conversation raged on, but then we read in 3 Nephi 11.   We got to verses 10 and 11, and he said that he felt a chill run up down his back… He immediately went back and read the two verses, and paused…
He looked up and asked us about a verse that we’d read in the past, "something about a promise in the book about Christ"  …. :D :D :D so we turned to Moroni 10:5, and he said, "yeah that’s it!"  It was INCREDIBLE to watch as the spirit directed him to not only read that verse, but, also, to be led  back to that promise. The Lord definitely loves all his children, and in that day, I learned that we are merely conduits for this work. Our job as missionaries, is to present an environment where the spirit can testify to these people, and can lead them back to our Father in Heaven. We are not the teachers, but the guides… as we recognize that reverence for the spirit that comes from living the gospel, it changes how we do missionary work, and the love that we have for these people.

I know Christ is my Savior, that he has felt the pains of all those that we teach, and all that we have felt as well. He beckons us on a daily basis to feel more of the blessings He wants to give us. His love is deeper than we imagine. With all the power He had, He chose to come down to earth, and to give Himself a ransom for many. He didn’t want to sympathize, but empathize with us. He knows and will forever be the way. The scripture that our investigator read said, “Behold, I am Jesus Christ”. As we show forth our faith, by the ways we live, the miracles will continue to come, but more importantly, we recognize them in greater abundance. An eye full of faith, is an eye full of joy for the things to come!!

I hope everyone had a great chance to truly savor the flavor of conference this weekend! I know I definitely did! We were so blessed by so many members! We were able to go to 3 different homes to watch, each filled with a delightful spirit.
After one of the sessions, we came to the knowledge that my companion hadn’t previously known what an underdog was… So naturally we went out to the member's swing and demonstrated, fixing one of the greatest flaws of his childhood.

We also had a great miracle last night, as one of our investigators called us saying that he had met another one of our investigators at a gas station, and invited her to take the missionary lessons from him!!  (If she felt too uncomfortable with us!!)  Haha!!  He’s so great. He also offered us 100 dollars in groceries…  Though I eat in abundance at times, we couldn’t accept his too kind of an offer! We’ve been so blessed and cared for in this area.  I would just like to say thank you to all the members in this area for their efforts in aiding the missionary work! Their efforts are incredible out here!

Well, That’s all I’ve got for this week. I hope that everyone has a really long conference hangover, and feels spiritually uplifted for weeks to come!!!

I love you all! God bless you!
Elder Langford

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