This past week was pretty crazy.. we went on four different exchanges! I spent some time away from Staten Island. I was back in Brooklyn for one of the days. They had a really nice view from their bedroom. I fell asleep looking at the empire state building. Then one of the days was spent in Far Rockaway, Queens. Exchanges are always great. It was quite the week.
Earlier in the week when Elder Finlinson and I were teaching a lady who was referred to us by a member. She is a devout Christian woman, and was really nice. When we started off with the lesson she loved it. She was even taking notes!! We were so shocked. We had a great discussion about Prophets, and The Savior’s earthly ministry (and Atonement), etc. She was getting into it.. until we hit the Restoration. Right when we brought up Joseph Smith, she smiled at us, and slowly closed her journal. We continued to teach her, but she didn’t really participate anymore. I eventually asked her this question, “Would you be interested in finding out for yourself if Joseph Smith was a Prophet? You can know this for yourself by reading from the Book of Mormon and asking God if it is true. We promise He will answer you.” We waited for her response… and she said no. Then at the end of the lesson I asked her another question, “If you did go through this process and receive an answer from God, telling you that this church is true. That Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and this church is the only church with His authority… would you then be baptized?”. Personally I could feel the Spirit very strongly at that moment. We waited silently for her reply…. and she said… no. We were pretty astonished at her response. It blew my mind that anyone could say no to that offer. She was really nice though!
That is the highlight of the week. There are more stories, but I don’t have the time to tell them now. There will be plenty of time to tell them all after the mission. 🙂
Come what may, and Love it!