Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blessings of Comfort and Peace

Letter #51
August 18, 2014
Area: Broadway- Central
Companions: Spencer and Petersen

It sounds like you all had some family fun and fun with friends!

This week went by a little differently than we expected it to, but it was still good. We had the opportunity to teach and bless some people according to their needs, especially our less-actives. One of our less-actives has a friend that has been going through hard times, yet this less-active she feels like she can't really help him and encourage him because her own testimony is weak or suffering from a long time of inactivity. We were able to focus on her and help her find ways to strengthen her testimony. We were also able to give another less-active comfort needed to continue forward in her difficulties. She has a baby that has a syndrome that is similar to down's syndrome, so she has been struggling in her faith.  She has, to her credit, continues to see the little tender mercies that God sends. We gave her a blessing of comfort and peace to help her get through this trial.

We had the wonderful opportunity to talk to our investigators, Ricardo and Griselda. We called them on Wednesday to confirm an appointment we had set up with them, and Griselda answered the phone sounding really sad and upset. She said that we wouldn't be able to come that day because they weren't going to be home for the appointment time. She asked us if we could come Thursday and she asked for us to pray for her over the phone. We said the prayer and asked her if she would want a blessing of peace and comfort, she said yes. We went over on Thursday and she was feeling better, then we gave her and Ricardo blessings of comfort and guidance. I had the opportunity to pronounce that blessing for Ricardo, and I had no idea of what to say.  I just went to do it and as I was speaking, the spirit literally put the words into my mouth--they just came out and thoughts just came to mind when needed. I have no doubt that the promise of the Lord is true about Him putting the words in your mouth in the very moment needed.  I experienced it! I never understood it before, but it is so true.  I am so grateful for this experience.

I don't know what else to say, other than I got about 20 awesome ties from a member this week! We did service for him, and he pulled out a box of about 200 ties.  He said that we could just grab as many as we wanted. He told us that he felt that he wanted to change ties for every meeting he had on Sunday, so many of the ties have been worn very little.  Kind of a different idea, but hey, I got 20 awesome ties and felt the joy of giving service.

I love you guys,
Elder Stanley Scott Dye

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