On Saturday we were on our way to do service at Habitat ReStore when we saw this large, older lady with a shovel. She had 5,000 pounds of small stones she needed to move from the pile into a preset shape in her yard. I had the prompting that the lady needed help. We turned around and pulled into her driveway and she quickly accepted our help. Her nephew, Nate, walked out of the garage and we got to work. He started asking 20 questions about Mormonism so we started answering them as we shoveled stones for 2 hours. Apparently, he has a friend who is a member of our church and gave him a Book of Mormon. He also told me that he had been praying for someone to stop and help them and a few minutes later we showed up. He also told me he had been wanting to meet with Mormon missionaries for some time up to that point. Coincidence? I think not! We set up a return visit for the missionaries who actually serve where he lives.
Last night, we had the opportunity to help with the Bishop's Youth Devotional which was help at Bishop's house. He wanted us to give a 20 minute lesson on the Plan of Salvation with a focus on the Atonement and Repentance. If there is one thing I know for sure, it is that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. That Jesus Christ really did suffer for our sins, pains, afflictions, anguish, and sicknesses in order that he would know how to succor us. I've experienced this relief in my life as I have repented and come unto Him. It was amazing to tell these 12-18 year old kids that they too can experience that cleansing and purifying feeling of the Atonement. It was legit!
Overall, the first 5 months of my mission have been a blast. I've had my ups and my downs but every day has been a blessing. It sure is cliche but a mission really is those best two years! Booyah!