Monday, April 6, 2015

The Spirit of the Lord

Hello and Good day to you all! Happy Easter Tuesday! I don't think that is a thing.. but might as well be right? Things have been good this week! It was Penrith Zones turn to host the monthly Missionary Fireside. We lucked out and got Easter! The theme was "He Lives!" It was great. The spirit was strong. We had some amazing musical items! Amazing! For the closing hymn we had all the missionaries come to the stand and sing the 1st 2 verses of "I know my Redeemer lives!" and then the congregation joined with us for the last 2! It brought a few tears and made everyone happy! Yesterday we went on a hike to Wentworth falls, in the Blue Mountains! Pretty sweet! Elder Moore has a good member friend that came and visited and took us so we had a great preparation day activity yesterday! We had to end early though so we could e-mail today. Before the hike though we had to drive some missionaries around for transfers. Some good friends and even better examples "Died." One of them being one of my favorite companions and missionaries, Elder Chin Ah You! Will miss him. Do not worry, Elder Moore and I are staying together in Minchinbury!! Very Grateful! Great Companion!  Love him!
   My core experience with God this week was the Penrith Missionary Fireside. We had worked hard and dealt with some dramas leading up to it. We knew that we had followed the spirit in planning the meeting as best as we could. It was great to see the inspiration behind all the promptings come to fruition! As well as to feel the spirit in attendance. It made all the effort worth it. I was grateful to see the spirit work upon the congregation. You could see investigators and members from various places around the area crying and smiling. You could see the spirit up lifting them. A great reminder at what we are here to do, to invite others to come unto Christ. To help Everyone feel the spirit and desire for themselves to come closer to the Lord and to know that their Savior lives! It was great. I was thankful my companion and I could be the instruments in the Lords hand for that occasion!
   Teaching as Jesus Taught. Elder Moore and myself have been able to have some great teaching moments lately! We have found ourselves doing what we have been trained to do (How to begin teaching, the commitment pattern, etc) and how it naturally developed into a great love for the investigators we were with and teaching. As we loved them the inspiration was clear what they needed. It was great to see and feel the spirit work with them! Their hearts were softened! We even noticed a man after at eh end of our visit say "Man, I was having a bad day! And I don't usually let people into my house... but I feel good right now!" He recognized the spirit, something he likely has felt very seldom in his life and it softened him.  It helped him to feel Peace, joy, long-suffering, patience and all the other gifts that the spirit brings to our lives! How incredible. I know God is there. I know he loves us, his children. I know we can be changed by the spirit. I know Christ Changes our lives!
   We are so grateful for the new zone members, will miss the old ones but grateful for the new! We are excited to have the missionaries we do and to have so many fresh ones! 6 training! We believe it will give us some great miracles and great teaching opportunities! Very Excited! The zone started to have a YSA attitude recently, so we are already working with the District Leaders to turn it around. We want to be fully aligned with inspired focus of the Assistants, Our Purpose.
                  Elder Ford

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