Our two exchanges this past week were pretty great! For one of them I was with Sister Hansen who is so cool and has an amazing story. Over a year ago she got hit by a car while riding her skateboard in Provo. Because of prayers and fasting she came out of coma and is now serving the Lord! She is an amazingly humble tool in Father in Heaven's hands.
Also, it's been getting unsettlingly hot here in Des Moines. The sticky 85 degree air is back! Maybe I'll start getting some sweet sister missionary tan lines here soon. I can only hope.
So last week it probably sounded like we were having a hard time here in Des Moines. And that's a pretty accurate statement. This week we had a lot more time to proselyte though, and we saw some major miracles!
We were able to teach a kid named Sam who is an atheist, requested a Book of Mormon online, is committed to read a chapter a day, is far more intelligent and put together than I'll ever be, and is fifteen. The spirit was definitely there and guiding the lesson because I'm pretty sure Sister Froerer and I both felt intimidated by this boy genius. It was such a bomb lesson and a really cool experience as we bore testimony and promised blessings to him.
We also set a date with an investigator, Peet Min, for the end of the month. And another investigator who we haven't seen in a while, Princess, wants to be baptized then as well! Two major miracles that came after definite trials of our faith last week.
Peet Min is the cousin of a member and lives at their house. The family is Karen Burmese and so fun! Peet Min was able to come to a baptism this pastand we asked him how he felt. In his limited English he said "I feel happy" as a smile was strewn across his face.
Happiness is a real byproduct of feeling the spirit, righteousness, and service. I could not be more happy serving here in Des Moines. Yes, there are ups and downs but I often remember the words from King Benjamin "I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God... and if they hold out faithful to the end theyare received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness." That's it. Happiness is the end all of the gospel and our Heavenly Father's plan.
I love this work and thank you for all your love and prayers!