The best week so far in Mullingar for us and we are told by some people that the work is going the best then it has in years, So everything is doing well, Members, missionaries are all doing what they should :)
The Lord is beginning to trust us ( Mullingar Branch+ Missionaries)
So First off this week started off being well, we saw our friend Kevin and went through a check for desire lesson, as we asked him what he desires to get from these meetings he Told us to grow closer to God, and he wishes he could make more time for it. So we went to see Kevin and guess what, His Girlfriend's brother was there his name is Gavin, and He was looking for God as well. He asked many questions and accepted a Book Of Mormon to learn more about the message. It was so cool.
We also had exchanges this week so I was on exchange with Elder Jamieson, and we taught a lady named Andreea, Funny thing about this, I met her when I first began in Finglas ward. So she is amazing, She felt the spirit so strongly and it was amazing to see how the Lord has prepared her to hear this message at this time. It was powerful.
Later I had a neat experience, We met a man who was a Heroine Addict, and I felt great Love to desire to help him change his life through Jesus Christ and his Atonement. If you remember back I had a similar experience several Months back And it was incredible and it was with a Heroine Addict as well. It's been weird. But also we were talking to people on the street and Elder Jamieson was talking to someone on the street and I went over to this girl sitting Alone, and Talked and she turned out to be interested in what we shared and gave us her number and said we could Come by and teach her. So that was neat. If you talk to everyone the Lord will guide you, "OPEN your Mouth and it shall be filled. " We then met a man named Theo, and we taught him the Restoration on the street, he said he would get back to us, he lives out of town, and he wanted to tell his wife and set a date that works for them. He was amazing also.
We had a meeting this week. ALL-IRELAND CONFERENCE. I met a missionary I was told to find, after 19 months of being out :P. So that was cool. Conference was amazing, we focused on the DOCTRINE of the Gospel Of Jesus Christ. Doctrine is the unchanging truths of the Gospel. It was so amazing, and learnt more about the Holy Ghost Principle. Later we went to See Lee that night and talk to him about the Book Of Mormon. He has read bits of it and had questions.
We met with David this week, and taught about Faith and it was so cool, because the scriptures we planned to use, didn't get used as the Spirit guided us to share other things, still about Faith. We also invited him to be baptized and he accepted for the end of October, it is so cool to see his Faith growing and him progressing so much and coming to learn that God is there. So Cool.
We had a lesson to meet this man named Peter ( He wasn't too solid), on our way to see Peter, we met a man coming out of the tunnel and he told us he is looking to strengthen his belief in God, so we shared about the Restoration, and he set a time and gave us his number and address to come by and teach him. Later in the week we called to confirm our appointment with him and he asked if he could bring his friend Andy, and we said yes, We then taught both of them on Saturday and it was absolutely Amazing experience, they have both been prepared over the past 2 years to recieve the message as well.
Then We had church this week. Jimmy and Ray both came to church and Loved it. Ray told us it felt like having a warm shower :) Jimmy is doing very well. Both were well recieved by all the members, which was amazing.
After Church We were chapping doors and not finding anyone, but we were departing after finishing the street, and this guy in a beautiful White BMW called out to us and asked what we do, ( by the way he parked in the middle of the Round about :P) talked for 5 ish minutes, then waved him on to free up the round about so he took the Left into the petrol station and parked in the parking lot, and talked to us about how he had sinned alot and was looking to strengthen his relationship with God as well, We told him that Christ could take away and cleanse you of those feelings of Guilt, It was incredible, Man he is amazing. His name is Luke, And we will see him this week.
I just want all of you to know that Miracles have not ceased, they are brought forth by Faith, and the Lord guides his Church here on the Earth. I know that if we relied on our own abilities we wouldn't have found any of these people, but since we rely on the Lord to guide us and on his spirit to give us what to say and we talk with EVERYONE, we have been blessed and so has this little branch.
We are to be the instruments for the Lord and if we are to be tuned correctly and allow ourselves to be used that way then we will see miracles because this is HIS CHURCH. HIS WORK. It is true, I know it with every fiber of my soul, Through the Holy Spirit and the witness I have recieved of these truths, I KNOW THAT THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS is the Lord's kingdom once again on the Earth, that The prophet Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God, and that The priesthood power has been restored and the blessings of the Priesthood are upon all those that are Faithful in this great work. Christ is the Head, and he Leads all of us in battle against the adversary as we are united in Battle Satan has no power over us. It is such a a remarkable thing to me to know that If I follow Christ I am promised to be protected. I will DEFINATELY face Trials, but that is how the LORD REFINES US. I can honestly testify that in part I have been partly refined but I have a long way to go, I am not perfect, But I am ME and through the Loving Grace of my Saviour and through my own obedience to his commandments and becoming more like him through the Enabling power of his generous and infinite Atonement I can be Like HIM.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
This work is the greatest work that any individual can participate in as it is the work of Salvation, it is the work that assists the father in his greatest work , " To Bring to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of Man"
I love being a missionary, I love being able to see people's lives change and to see the Holy Spirit wrought such a powerful change in their hearts and to see their nature become TRANSFORMED.
I invite any of you who are wondering on if you should serve or not, that You definately serve, there is something about serving the Lord and giving this small sacrifice to him for all he has done that is so amazing, and not only will you see others change , but if you GIVE yourself to him, he will change you. I recommend that everyone who can to serve the Lord and lose yourself in his service.
I love all of you, And You all are in my prayers every night, Thank you for the example you have been to me, I have learnt something from each of you and you are all in my heart. :)
Until the Work is Done.
Elder James T Kirk Reece
Scotland/ Ireland Mission