What a wonderful week here in Centerville! HOLY MOLY! Heavenly Father has really stepped in and blessed us!
We've been praying for help in finding people to teach. The past few weeks have been VERY slow, despite our best efforts to find.
Saturday evening we met with a member to check up on them and offer service. As we left, the member said he wanted to offer the prayer. He offered the most beautiful prayer on our behalf and asked that we be blessed with a "wonderful missionary opportunity" that day. After the prayer, he said that he usually never prayed like that but felt impressed to pray that at the moment. As we were biking to an area to go contacting, a lady named Paulette waved us down and was ELATED to see us! Turns out she met with missionaries two years ago, then moved and lost contact, but has kept the Book of Mormon, "has never prayed harder" and wants to be taught again! It was seriously a MIRACLE! Paulette is awesome! We're going by later today to teach her and her family. She kept saying how we've blessed her and how she's been praying to see us again. Wow! It was so neat to see a specific prayer answered directly like that!
Then, yesterday, it was a rainy, cool day after church, and we had some time to find after church and before our dinner appointment. The people we had planned to see weren't home, so we decided to head back to the apartment and re-plan. On our way back, we saw a lady who was pulled over to the side of the road with her hazard lights on and hood up. We decided to go over and see if we could help out. Whitney was SO grateful that we stopped. She had been waiting for someone to pull over and help her for 30 minutes, and no one had. She drove her over-heated car slowly back to her apartment and asked that we follow to make sure she made it. Turns out, she lives in the apartment complex directly beside us! She was so grateful, and is LOOKING FOR A CHURCH!! Of course we told her about ours, and just last night she texted us and invited us back to tell her more!
We are so grateful for the little tender mercies Heavenly Father has blessed us with! These back-to-back experiences have really testified to me that we "...receive no witness until after the trial of your faith". It has been a rough few weeks, but we've kept plugging along, doing what we could, praying for the Lord to intervene, and HE DID! The Lord delivers. He is a God of His word, and if we are doing what we need to be doing, He will NEVER withhold blessings from us.
I love my family so much! I'm so grateful for the Restored Gospel that makes it possible for us and for others to be together again! I know that Heavenly Father knows us, and loves us dearly. He is eagerly awaiting to hear our reports in our prayers.
Know that you are loved and prayed for!
Elder Jason Allred
Picture - We were out tracting and I found this 'Gem' :)