Monday, January 26, 2015

The Week of Miracles

What's up Honkeys? (that was for you Palmer)  this week has been full of miricales and it has just been amazing! so lets start of with Ema. she is an investigator that we have met with once. we taught her the restoration and she didn't really understand I don't think when we taught her. She is a 60 year old native American woman by the way. well we got back in contact with her again and we sat down and taught her the restoration again. I realized that with the lessons me and elder Elmer were teaching they didn't really have any purpose to them we were just teaching to teach. so that has been something I have been working on in extending commitments to the people we teach so that they have that chance to change. so at the end on the lesson with ema I invited her to be baptized when she came to find out if these things were true and she said yes! it was awesome to see that when we invite people to change for the better they accept it but if we don't invite them then there is no chance for them to change. her date is for feb 21st. Next thing is Thursday we were able to stop in and see steve and sarah again. we didn't have a lesson but it was cool to see them and to have steve talk with elder bloskas a little bit about his concerns! we are hopefully meeting with them this week on Thursday at 7. so that was a miricale to be able to see them. next is Friday! we knocked a street by our apartment that we had been feeling like we need to knock for a while. so we went and knocked it and found a couple potential investigators but you will see later why this was so important for us to knock that street. then Friday night we get a call around 8:40 and it was the bishop from the Holland ward ( about 35 miles east of us) and said that a member had requested a blessing for her mom who was in the hospital from a stroke. the hospital is about 6 miles from us and it being that we have to be in our apartment by 9:30 we had to call and get permission from our zone leaders to go cause we would not be back by 9:30. so we called them and they told us to find members that could go and if we couldn't then call the assistants to the president. so after about 25 mins of trying to find members we called the assistants. after they didn't not answer how many times we called the zone leaders back and told them what was going on. while talking to them the assistants called back. we told them the situation and they said to call president and ask him so we called president Jacobsen. and he gave us the permission to go and give this blessing. when I had receive the call from the bishop I knew right then that I would be giving the blessing and I knew that I would tell this woman to be healed and I knew this through the Holy Ghost. it was pretty amazing. so when we got there we had to called the grandson of the lady in the hospital so find out where she was. his name is zeke. we called him and got up to the room and met him and his girlfriend and the lady we were going to give the blessing to. she is an amazing woman. so we told zeke and verra (the lady with the stroke) how the blessing would go cause they are non-members . and zeke said I am very familiar with this my good friends are from your church and I play basketball all the time with them. and he was really respectful and he was calling everyone he knew from the church brother and sister. so he knew the church pretty well. any way. I gave verra the blessing. verra is also unable to talk because of the stroke she can mumble some words but not much. in the blessing I told her to be healed and that she would be able to live a normal life again and that she would speak again it was truly amazing. after the blessing she was already talk better and it was truly amazing. then we told zeke and his girlfriend about our church and they both invited us over to their homes to teach them more and we picked up 2 new investigators. it was another miricale, then on Saturday we had planned to go door knocking for a while cause we hadn't been able to almost all week... except that one day. and so we thought we would go finish on that road and we would check up on the potentials we had found. so on our way there I felt like we should stop and knock on a couple houses so we did. no one answered on the first to houses. but on the third on someone did. a younger lady answered and she said on minute please. after a min or two later her husband came to the door and we thought o great. we started talking to him and the next thing we know is he invites us in. he said teach me the things that you would teach me in the first lesson and show me why I need your church. and he said I know people of your faith they are my good friends. but I am a minister for the calvary church ( one of the biggest churchs in grand rapids) and he said teach me why I need your church. so we taught him the whole resteration! right there his wife came cand joined in and she loved us! we had a great discussion and they are both really open to the things we taught them and they are truly prepared for us to find. the believed everything we said they just had a hard time with why baptism is essential and that they are nervous about the Book of Mormon being another gospel that in galantians 1 in the bible that it warns about. but they are looking for the truth it is really cool! their names are Arron and Emily. and at the end of the lesson. Arron prayed and asked the know the truth of the things that we are teaching it was really cool cause we didn't even ask him to he just did!!! it was awesome. The Last miricale is ethan. who is getting baptized of February 7th. he called his parents last night to tell them that he is getting baptized and the call went well. his parents were up set and they thought that they were going to loose their kid for ever. but he stuck his ground and didn't let anything phase him. they didn't completely cut him off like they said they would but his grandma is going to stop paying for his school. and his dad is taking him out of his will. but they are going to transfer him to another school and he is going to have to get a job and provide for him self. then he texted and said. so there's that. still going strong though I have found a foundation on God and I will not be shaken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this kid is awesome!!! so his date Feb 7th still stands and we are looking forward to it! this has strengthen me tremendously and has help me I will always pressforward and ethan does because I have a foundation on God! "I WONT BACK UP! I WONT BACK DOWN! I WONT GIVE UP! I'LL STAND MY GROUND! FULL THROTTLE WIDE OPEN! THATS THE ONLY WAY I KNOW!" -Jason Aldean  I love and miss you all !
 Love Elder Dunn
Elder Nathan Brown's Birthday celebration

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