Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Scattering Sunshine and Miracles!

Hello Family!
Did you all enjoy Conference weekend? I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't believe it's over - it just flew by way to fast. This entire week has just come and gone but so much has happened and Sister Juntilla and I were able to see many miracles happen.
One of the miracles that I was able to witness just made my entire week. So more than 8 months ago I was on exchanges with my district leader and we had an amazing experience where we met a less active up by the Christus. He was going through a very hard time and his faith had grown week over the course of many years. We were able to testify to him about God's love and the power that the atonement can have in our lives. I remember the spirit testifying to me of the truthfulness of what we shared and I dearly wanted to be able to help this man. He allowed us to stay in touch with him and we invited him to do some different things. I was able to teach him once over the phone but then I received my call to Georgia and I asked my companion, who was Sister Fingerle at the time, to stay in touch with him and to help him find his faith again. Well the rest of the story goes I went outbound had tons of fun, came back and trained and have been busy ever since. Things were s busy that I mostly forgot about the investigators and less actives that I had been teaching before I left because I knew that I had given them to great missionaries and now I was just focused on finding more of God's children. This Conference weekend I served a few hours in the Beehive each day and this man that I had met so long ago walked in to meet with some sisters that I was serving with at the time. I'll admit, I didn't recognize him at all. The man I met was very depressed and questioned whether or not he was loved. The man who came into the Beehive house was beaming brightly with the Light of Christ. I'll admit, I didn't recognize him at first but he remembered me and as soon as he said my name I remembered. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father allowed me that sweet opportunity to see him again, even though I didn't participate a lot in his teaching it was a testimony building experience for me to see that the gospel of Jesus Christ truly does change people. It allows us to be more like our Savior. No matter what our story is or where we come from, I know that Christ can make us better. 
Isaiah 64:8
Outside of the Beehive the Square was packed with people from all over the world who came to listen to the Prophet speak. Sister Juntilla and I had a blast!
Each morning we met in the basement together as a mission to have a prayer together and to hear a spiritual though from President before we went out to work. Oh and we also had breakfast together :) Other than that though, the entire day was spent outside around the beautiful temple. Saturday morning it was pretty cloudy and we were so SAD! We wanted tons of people to be on the square and we knew that no one would come with their blankets and picnic baskets if it was raining. Sister Juntilla and I were able to attend the SaturdayMorning session and so we said a prayer asking that by the time the first session was over the sun would come out and warm up Temple Square for the wonderful members. The morning session was wonderful and we were both very uplifted and as we walked outside the sun was warm and bright! We know that God always answers our prayers, even when they are small and have to do with the weather :)
Temple Square was packed all day long and we were able to meet a lot of members and hear about their stories and testimonies. The church might be small in comparison to the world but it sure is strong! As we were walking around during one of the sessions I caught myself pondering a lot of different experiences that I have had over the course of my mission so far (there's a lot!). This transfer President has invited all of us to focus on the Book of Mormon, to strengthen our testimonies of it so we can better help members and nonmembers gain a witness of the Book of Mormon, because only the Book of Mormon can be an anchor that never fails. He is calling it the "Keystone" Transfer. As I was able to see countless families all sitting reverently listening to God's Prophets and Apostles speak the spirit was able to reaffirm to me the truthfulness of this restored church. I love it and I love the Book of Mormon! It just all fits so nicely together.
During the weekend of Conference because of the craziness we were not given any time to be on the phones to call our investigators. So we prayed that we would be able to get a hold of all our investigators before the weekend - and we did! We were able to witness two miracles. One is with an investigator that Sister Hara and I found on chat, he just came online and was interested in going to church and so he did. Well about two weeks ago we gave him the phone number for the missionaries and invited him to call them and set up an appointment with them. We called him this week and he has had great experiences with the missionaries and with the Book of Mormon. He is now reading about 5 chapters every night before he goes to bed. He told us that his goal is to finish the Book of Mormon before he gets baptized :) Heavenly Father is really good at preparing the hearts of His children. 
Our other investigator who had a great week is from the Philippines and is in a similar situation. In the Philippines they watch conference a week later because of the time difference so he is really excited and told us that he wouldn't miss it!
The sunshine is slowly fading away as we are transitioning into fall. More and more Christmas lights are being put up each day and now that Conference is over, Christmas should just be around the corner! 
I love you all so very much! Thank you for reading these letters :)
Sister Fluckiger 

1 comment:

  1. You are truly a bright light that shines brightly for others to not only see but feel..Love you!!