Monday, March 31, 2014

Another week in the Great California Ventura Mission

Hello everybody!!!

Wow, what can I say?  Another fantastic week here in Santa Maria.  We witnessed so many miracles this week, and we have been working really hard to be exactly obedient and getting out right at 10:00 in the morning, and we are being blessed for our efforts.  Let me tell you about some great stuff!

OK first off, on Saturday, we stopped by an older lady named Sis. Ewen who can't go to church just because of her condition.  There were 2 other ladies there and they asked us for blessings.  We each gave them a blessing and they thanked us for the priesthood we bear.  One lady was struggling really badly with pain, and she said the next day she woke up and she didn't need to take a pain pill.  It was so cool!

We also went by and saw Benito and Griselda this week, and they told us that ever since they have received the Holy Ghost, they said they have had much clearer minds and that everything just makes more sense.  They said that there is no confusion in their minds about any subject.  Ahh another cool thing!

But wait, there's more!  Jamie, the single mom with three kids, said she couldn't fall asleep one night and she read 5 different chapters out of the Book of Mormon that we assigned to her, including Alma 32, Ether 12, Moroni 10, 3 Nephi 11, etc.  She said that she was watching on the History Channel and they said that they found stone tablets with the Hebrew language in Central America, and she thought to herself, "Heh, kinda like the Book of Mormon..."  We stopped by and talked about it, and we asked her if she has had the chance to pray about the BoM, and she said no.  When we asked why, she said, "Because I know that I am going to get an answer..."  Then I asked, "And you're afraid of what that answer may be, huh?"  and she said "Yep."  :D  She is gaining an understanding of the truthfulness of this church!  

"Are you done yet" you ask?  Nope!  We went tracting down a street called Earl Ln. and we talked with a lady from South Africa named Aroma.  She said that her son is a senior in high school and that he had plans to go to the University of Utah in SLC.  We talked about the SL temple and we showed her a picture, and she got so excited!  She said that it looked like Cinderella's castle.  She said that her husband left her and that she had lost everything.  We then started to talk about how Jesus Christ gave up everything that He had for us, and he asks that we do the same.  As we were telling her this, she started to cry.  The Spirit was so strong, and we got her address and phone number.  Unfortunately, she lives in the other ward, but we will be giving her to the sister missionaries, and they will do great!  Miracle for sure!

Not done yet!  It was raining really hard on Wednesday, and we were sort of discouraged and didn't want to go outside, but we said "OK let's do it" and we said a little "power prayer" and we got out.  First we knocked on a really nice Jewish lady who wasn't interested, but gave us water bottles.  The next house we knocked on, a girl came out.  She's a senior in a nearby H.S. and we taught her the Restoration on her doorstep.  She accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and told us to come back sometime.  Soooo awesome!

I love being a missionary.  It is so great!  The Lord is working miracles through us in this area.  Being a missionary is not always easy.  Being with a companion 24/7 is not always easy, But, the Lord is always there.  Always.  I'm super excited for General Conference, and I hope all of you are too!  Go with questions, and you will get answers!  Love you all a TON.

Elder Harper

1 comment:

  1. Tracy Monney:

    Love how he recognizes and records miracles. He has great faith. Favorite was about Benito and Griselda and how they have clear minds because of the Holy Ghost. Great way to put it, so true.

    He sounds so good, pics are great too. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.