Friday, July 1, 2016

Week 97: God Is So Good!

Hey Everyone!

Hope y'all are having a good week and enjoying your summer. It's FREAKING hot down here! Anyways so transfer news first: I'm staying in Stuart and finishing my mission here, and Elder Adams is transferring to Naples on the west coast of Florida. That's not all though. Elder Stansfield is coming up to Stuart with me, and he is finishing his mission at the same time as me lol. So much for getting a younger missionary as my comp to help me stay focused hahaha. It should be pretty fun though:) Pretty crazy stuff; it just means that two new missionaries will have to come in after us. I've only seen them purposefully put two missionaries who are ending at the same together like two other times, but then again, I feel like my mission has been anything but a standard experience:)

That being said, it was a little tough this week, but we had some really amazing things happen! For one, Joshua came to church on Sunday and he loved it! To give a bit of back story on him, he requested a free Bible from the church about 6 months ago but when the Elders came by to deliver it he wasn't really interested in a message and just wanted the Bible ( this happens pretty often ). Thankfully the Elders tucked a Restoration pamphlet inside the Bible! Now fast forward to June 19th. We knock on his door and set up a return appointment with him and go back to teach him on Monday. Well, we're in the middle of teaching the Great Apostasy and he tells us how the Lord then brought back His church the way He wanted it and that it's The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Elder Adams and I looked at each other with our jaws to the floor. Then Joshua explained how they had left him with the pamphlet and he read it and believes it! Since he know so much, we taught him about the Book of Mormon (we normally wait til the 2nd lesson to do so) and committed him to read it and pray about it. Well he did and he has already received his answer that it's true! He loved church, and is going to come back again and we're trying to get his girlfriend to sit down with us for more lessons as well. Such an amazing miracle! He is currently preparing to be baptized on the 10th of July.

As well we had a miracle with one of the part member families we are teaching. Juan told us that he believes the church is true and that he will get baptized as soon as he and his wife move into their own house (they're currently living w/ relatives and they would kick them out if he got baptized). The good news is that everything has been falling into place for them and he should be getting their own place sometime in July! God is so good!

So those were a few of the miracles we saw this week, It really is great to be in the service of the Lord. It's not always happy nor easy, but it is worth it. I read a scripture in the New Testament that really touched me:

Matthew 5:11-12
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

It just reminded that it doesn't matter how bad the opposition ever gets, serving the Lord will ALWAYS be worth it:)

Well I love you all and hope  that you have a great week!

Sincerely,
Elder Butterfield
e'rytime


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