We have had a great week filled with tender mercies! I am continually amazed at how the Lord blesses us! I've always felt that if we look for the Lord's hand, we will undoubtedly see it, and I've learned that is so true! Especially with these people-there can be two people who are in similar, difficult circumstances, but because of their attitude and whether or not they see the blessing of the Lord-it seems their lives are as different as night and day. We just have to open our eyes and minds to see the blessings of the Lord in our lives. I've been trying to be more aware of those miracles and I feel so blessed! Last week (or the week before) we met a woman on a marshutni ride, we tried talking with her, but she only responded in Russian, so communicating was a bit difficult. We saw her again walking on the street a few days later, greeted her, and continued on. We saw her again a couple of days later and this time, we talked more with her. She immediately invited us to her home to meet her two children as well. So neat how the Lord places people in our paths.
We had a really amazing experience on Friday-we had tried the night before to plan well for our day, according to the spirit, but no matter what we did, we couldn't get any meetings between 11 and 4. We had a couple of addresses from contacts, but no phone numbers, so we determined to include those in our day. After we did our power hour, we headed to one addresses, and the one we felt we needed to go to first. On our way we talked to her neighbor, who said she was sick, but that we could still go if we wanted to. We opted to still go and try, if only to see how she was and if there was anything we could help with. When we got to her house, her grown granddaughter was sitting in her front room and was very surprised to see us. After we explained how we knew her grandma, she told us that she was on her deathbed. Sis. Beal (following the Spirit) asked if we could come in and say a prayer with her. She agreed. As we talked, there were a few other people that came- we again explained how we knew Emma (the dying woman) and one of the others that came in told us that she remembered Emma telling her about these 2 girls from America (Sis. Beal and Sis Bobzien) helping her to carry her bags and helping her up the hill to her home. Neat! We were able to talk a little about the Plan of Salvation and asked if we could leave a pamphlet with them-they were very eager to accept and asked if we had more for them! We closed our meeting in prayer, and the spirit was so strong! So tangible in the room! Both of the women were holding back tears and were very grateful for our meeting. We went back again, only to find no one home, but we plan on going again. I'm not sure what will come of it; I'm hoping for the best, for their hearts to be soft and open to the gospel, but whether or not they accept us and the gospel, I am so grateful for this tender mercy! That we were able to share this message of peace and hope with them and that if nothing else, they have felt the love of our Merciful Father in Heaven.
The Lord truly is aware of us! Every minute of every day! We recently met with a woman who believes in God, believes He answers prayers for others, but doesn't believe that He will answer her own prayers; she doesn't believe that He can help HER. It just hurts my heart thinking about it. I testify that God is our Father. He loves us! We are His children! And He wants to help us-He does help us! Not only as a whole, but on an individual basis. He knows us and loves us! Maybe we already know that, maybe we have forgotten or don't know it at all, but will you all pray to really feel that this is true? That God is listening to YOU, that He loves YOU, that He is caring for YOU and answering YOUR prayers? I know you will feel it-He will answer!
I love you family! I hope you have a great week! I am so grateful for all you do! For your wonderful examples! You are the best family I could ever ask for!