Dear Family and Friends,Congratulations to Kyle and Akita on the engagement!This week we have definitely been blessed. It was kind of a hard week. I got sick and had to stay in one day, unfortunately. The rest of the week we did a lot of tracting in other towns. Lots of tracting. I started to get bolder so it's been good. I got to testify about Joseph Smith's first vision to a young man on the doorstep, I have done it before, but that time I looked him into the eye and could just feel the Spirit so strong. It was great! He is going to read the Book of Mormon and ask Heavenly Father if it is true. Unfortunately one investigator stood us up. And another lady was sick, but that was a blessing because that was right when I was getting sick also, so I am glad we will teach her when we are more with it.Our branch is so sweet! We had to cancel dinner because I was sick and within like an hour someone else was calling to see if I was OK. One member gave us tissues, soup, cough drops, and other things to help me get better. They are so nice. So we made plans to teach her on Saturday since she was sick. I have been looking forward to it because she seemed genuinely interested. When we got there, no one was home. So after leaving a note we went to our back up plans. I was kind of down because of some discouraging things that seemed to be adding up that day. My companion just reminded me that we needed to have faith and obviously the Lord wants us somewhere else right now. So we went to our back up plans. We went to the street that we were going to tract on Monday but halfway through we had to leave because I was feeling nauseous. So we went back there and the first door we knocked on the lady let us in before we said much. She was really sweet and we talked a bit about God is our loving Heavenly Father and other things, and we got to talking about how they are moving when we offered to help her husband started listening and they started to care more. When we talked about how there is a living prophet she was sincerely listening. She invited herself to church before we could ask. It was so great! Her husband was tired so we made plans to come back the next morning to bring breakfast and we were going to find a ride for them and made plans to meet next Sat to talk!!! Pure Miracle!!!!! We could not find a ride for them for the longest time and then our prayers were answered and someone could!!!! Unfortunately the next morning when we showed up they were sick, but they still want to meet with us on sat and seem interested!!!!
There was a baptism in our branch on Sat. The Spirit was so strong there! We watched the Restoration video and then had the opportunity to testify after that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ truly did appear to Joseph Smith, that Jesus Christ did restore His church on the Earth today and invited all those who have not to follow Jesus Christ's example and be baptised.
One member we have been meeting with has completely changed his life around it is so amazing! Ah it's so cool that Heavenly Father lets us witness the change of heart.
One lady was actually there for our appointment!!!!!! She is so sweet! We asked her how it felt after we gave Joseph Smith;s account of the first vision and she said it felt like the first time she prayed. Ah the Spirit was so strong!!!!!
A member who hasn't been active in the church in like 30 years came. He told us he knew this was the true church. We got to talk to him and he wouldn't make any promise to come back to church, that it would probably be 3 or 4 months till he came back. The Spirit led us to be so bold, I don't know if I have ever been so bold in my whole entire life. My companion also was bold. By the end he committed to come back next Sunday and meet with us again after church!!!!!
Tracked yesterday in the country for about 6 miles. A horse drawn buggy went by us.
This week we have been so blessed to see that this is the Lord's work. If it was up to me I would have all these lessons we get to teach, people coming to church, and baptisms. But it's not mine, it's the Lord. He blessed us with seeing that even if our numbers aren't showing anything that we are making a difference. I have learned so much more how it is not about numbers but doing the Lord's will. I am so grateful for all the blessings Heavenly Father has blessed us with. This week we have appointments to meet with a lot of the less active members so I'm excited!
I hope everyone is doing well. I love you all so much! Thank you so much for all the love and support!!!
Sister Kellie McDougle
P.s. Natalie I need your address, Jordan thank you for the e-mail I didn't get the first one, Kara- CONGRATULATIONS on your mission call to FIJI!!! You are going to rock it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Grandpa and Thais for the Birthday package! Also Grandma Judy and Grandpa Jim for the birthday wishes!