Missouri – week #20

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Hello everyone!

I am writing this from BEAUTIFUL Independence Missouri!!! Seriously, one of the biggest blessings this week was the weather. Four days in a row it was in the 70’s! Sister GC and I even did our studies on our balcony to catch some sun hahaimsowhitehaha but yeah, it’s been so nice.

WELL, on to my week! It was FULL OF MIRACLES.

So we went on exchanges with Hill Park sisters this week! I was with Hermana Eraso from Fullerton CA! Pretty sure we will be friends after the mission when we’re both back at BYU. We have a ton of mutual friends and so I feel like I’ve known her forever! She is such an amazing missionary. We made some fun memories (including meeting an Anti-Christ Christian/Baptist????) hahaha it was actually kind of funny. We knocked on a door, no answer, but saw this woman walking so quickly up the street, she looked like she might have been under the influence but she was a daughter of God and we wanted to talk to her! So we started to walk with her up this hill and talk about Jesus Christ. We walked for like 10 minutes hahaha just making some small talk. Her bible has a definition of Mormonism and a ton of scriptures to “use against us” or something. She also mentioned how she’s looking to be “redeemed by the blood of the lamb.” So, we naturally testify of the Atonement and that’s when she tells us she’s Anti-Christ….it was….well.. interesting. She wouldn’t take a pamphlet so we just said goodbye to her and wished her a blessed day! Pretty exciting.

BUT, miracles. We have been praying and fasting this week to be able to find families AND young boys (our ward does not have any young men turning 12 this year). So well one day, we prayed that we would find a young boy out in our area. And that day, no matter which neighborhood we were in, we saw this boy walking around with a red rake (don’t ask…not quite sure what he was doing haha). The fourth time we saw him, we stopped to say hi, introduced the Book of Mormon and gave him a copy! We should have been more specific with our prayers because we don’t know where he lives or if he has a big family hahaha but it was still cool!

AND, the craziest miracle this week…..we found a family!!! On exchanges, Sister GC met a guy in a truck who stopped to ask if they were looking for a particular house. They got to talking…he has two biological kids and two adopted ones! They briefly talked, nothing too crazy, and then she gave him our phone number (which, from experience, they NEVER call hahaha). BUT 10 MINUTES LATER, he texted us and said that he’s actually interested and his kids want us to come back!

This all happened this weekend after a long, hard week. We dropped 3 investigators last week and basically had to find all week long. We were feeling so discouraged but after much prayer and fasting, we were able to see tender mercies. And my studies this week in the New Testament applied so directly to me! I love the parable of the importuning widow and unjust judge. That after much pleading, her request was granted. That’s exactly what happened this week! I came across this quote from Elder Holland in his AMAZING talk “Lessons from Liberty Jail” (ps. go read it! It’s so good and I just love this place so much):

“When lonely, cold, hard times come, we have to endure, we have to continue, we have to persist. That was the Savior’s message in the parable of the importuning widow…Keep knocking on that door. Keep pleading. In the meantime, know that God hears your cries and knows your distress. He is your Father, and you are His child.”

Even the Savior pleaded with the Father to remove the burden while in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Father heard His cries and although the pain was not relieved, Heavenly Father did not leave Him comfortless. He was able to endure through the Atonement and was resurrected the third day. When we endure, our Heavenly Father blesses us!!

I feel so grateful to know that my Heavenly Father knows and loves me. He hears my cries and pleadings and helps me through all of my discouragements! He wants us to be happy and I’m grateful that this is a gospel of happiness. I love sharing it with everyone I see.

Well, till next week! Hopefully with more miracles to tell about here in Blue Mills ❤️️

Xo
Sister Draper

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