God could have accomplished His purpose by sending us down two by two, but instead
He organized us into families. Each family is vastly different: with their differing challenges,
members, strengths, etc.But one thing is the same: each family is ordained of God.
One of our investigators, Sarah, could really use your prayers. She is the most amazing sister.
Two weeks ago she came to family home evening with a member. Elder Moss asked her
when a time we could come get to know her better was. She said she was fine because
she had her bible. Then the next week, after she went to the Oakland Temple Visitor's Center
with her fellowship (Courtney), she allowed the Spirit to teach her with us. Since then she has
been praying; She has come to a knowledge that the Book of Mormon is true; And she is
excited for her baptism. We love her so much, and she is so valiant. Her dad is a Lutheran
minister, and when Sarah told he and her mom that she had been meeting with us, I guess
they had a big fight. When they found her Book of Mormon they told her that it was not allowed
in their home. As we have been praying over and over again about her situation we are led time
and time again to experiences in the scriptures where people are in challenging circumstances
when it comes to their families. Cain killed Able. Animosity arose in the family of the prodigal son
when the father shows mercy and forgiveness. Nephi's brothers tried time and time again to take
away his life. Joseph Smith's best friends turned against him. And why do these afflicted Saints
continue? Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. The end Romans chapter 8 has been one
of my favorite passages ever since Caleb sent it to me while he was on his mission: "Who shall
separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation,or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we
are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall
be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." I know that is pretty
long, but Sarah knows in whom she has put her trust.
Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your example to everyone who sees you. You are a missionary!