The power of the Book of Mormon
Yesterday was the best Sunday ever. A couple weeks ago we stopped a blind man to speak to him. After noticing his accent, I asked him where he was from and he said he was from Cuba. He was waiting for his wife to get off of work, so we talked to him while he waited. We taught him about the Book of Mormon and who we are as missionaries. His wife joined us in the middle of us testifying of the Book of Mormon being the word of God. We asked if we could exchange contact information and they said it was more than alright and that we could stop by their home anytime.
Last week, Sister Olsen and I had a feeling that we needed to visit Alejandrina and Anache. We went as soon as we were able to, which turned out to be around 17. We got to the apartment door and we both did not expect them to be home, but we klingeled anyway. They answered the klingel and after a long pause they let us in. We continued to teach them about the Book of Mormon, where it comes from, and why we have it. We left them with the invitation to read the introduction and the witnesses pages, and we said we would call them to make out another appointment.
This past week, we called Alejandrina and Anache hoping we could set out an appointment for Saturday. Well the odds were against our favor, but our persistence paid through because we managed to schedule an appointment for yesterday. Alejandrina briefly said they had been reading in the book we gave them and that they like it.
Yesterday we had our appointment. We talked to them about the Holy Ghost and his role in helping us learn truth. We shared the Because of Him video and I read the words for Anache. We asked them if they had experienced the feelings of the Holy Ghost. Alejandrina said she hadn't planned on sharing it with us, but that one day she was reading to Anache at their dinner table and all of the sudden she just started to cry and she didn't even know why. She tried to continue reading, but the tears were getting in her way. She said that since our last visit, she had been praying and asking God to know if what she was reading really was from Him. Alejandrina said that amidst all the tears, she knew what they were reading was true. Immediately after saying that, Anache started to tell us about his experience. He started off by apologizing to us. He apologized for the way he had spoken to us the first day he met us. He said he was sorry for telling us that he would never change his faith in God. He said that now that he has heard the Book of Mormon and heard part of our message, he feels different. He feels excited to continue learning. He said that as the video was playing he knew continuing to meet with us was a good choice. They both thanked us for helping them learn how to come closer to God like they never had before.
We taught Alejandrina and Anache about the plan of happiness, the plan of salvation that God has for all of his children. And they just loved it.
This week has been a strong testament to me of the power within the Book of Mormon. We have stopped people in the street and talked to them about what we believe, but the biggest difference made when we do this is when we open the Book of Mormon and read with them. We have given out so many books of Mormon this past week that we are left with 4 German books sitting on our bookshelf.
I love being a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love sharing the Book of Mormon with people who have never heard of it or read it. There is power within the Book of Mormon. Please do not ever think the Book of Mormon is something that is free, because it is not. You may not have to pay for it, but it requires a desire to read it. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, together with the bible. I know it is meant for this time.