This week was a week full of miracles. Firstly, Rosaire (one of our investigators) passed her baptismal interview with President Patrick and will be getting baptized this Friday. She is awesome and is so prepared. She has been converted to our Church since December, but chose April 18th as her baptismal date because she wanted to get baptized on her birthday. She is really excited and happy to finally be a member of our Church. She was introduced to the Church by her sister who is now a returning member.
Also, whilst we inside an apartment complex, a man contacted us because he saw us carrying our scriptures in our hands. He told us he wanted us to go to his home when we were in the area to talk about God with him. He gave us his information. Later on in the week, we passed by and his wife invited us into their home. We shared our message with the whole family (him, his wife, his parents and his sister). They are from Nepal and seem pretty interested. The only hard thing is the Language barrier (they speak Nepali). They invited us to come over for dinner this week and also for a spiritual message.
This week we made a list of all the Less-Actives that live in our area, and started to contact them. We have had a lot of success as we have started to phone them and pass by them to meet them for the first time. Many are receptive, which is great for us. One of them came to church for the first time in three years. She even bore her testimony about the power of the atonement and enduring to the end.
Whilst we were walking on the street, a woman asks us (without seeing our tags) if we were Mormon. We said with a surprised look on our faces "yes we are". She then said "me too". We asked her how she knew. She said that she could just feel it in our presence and see it by the smiles on our faces. This woman was a less active member from the west of Canada that moved into our area a few years ago. She told us that she had been praying to draw closer to God, so God put us in her path. She was really happy to see us. She seemed really interested to meet with us, so she gave us her information. God really does work in mysterious ways. We were in the right place at the right time. Before we met the woman on the street, we were stuck in a less-active member’s home (one that we met for the first time) for longer than we expected. Now we know that it was all God's doing so we could meet that woman on the street.
We had a really good lesson with Barry, an investigator. He told us that he has a testimony of the Book of Mormon, and that he knows that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet to lead the final dispensation of the fullness of times. He knows that our Church is true. He is working towards a baptismal date towards the end of May, but he is scared of change because Catholicism runs in his family, and he does not want to be the one to break it. At the moment he is praying to know what to do. We will see what happens this week when we see him again.
Also, we taught Alfonso, an investigator from the Philippines (he has been investigator the church now for 1 year). He has a testimony of the Book of Mormon; he knows Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. His problem was that he did not understand why he needed to be baptized again. We read 3 Nephi 27 with him and focused on baptism. The spirit was really there. We asked him about his baptism. He told us that he got baptized the Catholic way. We then spoke to him about the way Jesus was baptized. He told us that he wants to get baptized like Jesus was. We told him he can. He now is working towards a baptismal date towards the end of May.
We passed by a potential investigator called Bettina. She is from Haiti. Her parents are members of the Church, but she isn't. When we passed by, she was in the middle of getting her hair done. We had a great lesson with her and her friend Naomi about prayer. She beckoned us to come back to see her. Naomi even asked if we could come visit her too.
Also, one of my investigators from Gatineau who has investigated the Church now for over 40 years has agreed to be baptized. She has had a testimony for decades now (she has been a full tithe payer and has gone to Church every Sunday), but has been scared to get baptized because she did not feel ready. She should be getting baptized 3 weeks from now. We will see.
It is such an exciting time to be a missionary, especially here in the Champlain Ward in Ottawa. I feel so blessed to see miracles everyday.
Hope you all have a great Week!