Dear Mom and my precious family
This past week a miracle happened in Oulu. The Lord blessed us to find a chosen vessel. It is interesting because we followed up on some potential investigators but they were not home so were driving back and a certain apartment building came to my memory. So we drove there and as were knocking on the first door, M. was just entering her apartment. She invited us in and as we taught, initially, she was skeptic because this seemed too good to be true. She even had studied some anti-literature. Well, it was funny how on the second lesson when we mentioned baptism she stopped us and said no but still curious about the message because how she has tried all of the world's ''cures'' for depression and other personal trials. Then on the third teach when T. A. came and shared her conversion story, M.'s heart just broke because Sisar A.'s story is almost identical to M.'s. During that teach we extended the baptismal commitment but she said, ''I'm not ready'' but committed to come to church. We had another teach scheduled on Saturday of the same week. But before that teach we sent a text message to see how she was doing and she responded with joy! She said that ever since that teach with Sisar A. she prayed that Heavenly Father would take away her doubt and stubbornness. And after that she felt this joy that she had never felt before. She said that she has just been the happiest ever. She has read the Book of Mormon ever more intently because through the reading she knew the feelings came from it. Then when we met on Saturday we asked her about the text message in order to confirm her feelings and show how she has a testimony. She said with a beaming smile, '' Yes, I believe that this book is true.'' After that we extended the baptismal commitment and she accepted. Then as we were concluding the lesson she told us to continue. I could see through her eyes this child-like humility with a spiritual hunger to eat a spiritual horse. M. allowed the Lord to change her heart and M. came to church this past Sunday where the branch just welcomed her with open arms. M. has found her refuge from the world. What a tender mercy to be a part of it.
I love you. Always remember that
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.