Well hi there! Sorry, long email. I promise it's worth reading through though :) Bear with me :)
Okay! so craazy story. Remember Brandon? The first baptism I was a part of?
He actually lived outside of the ward boundaries but was permitted to go to the ward because all of his friends lived in Pitt 3rd ward.
I'm now serving in the McKeesport branch! I am serving where he lives! I totally want to go visit him!!!
Anywho, the Branch here is full of amazing people! The building it beautiful, and I mean the Spirit that is so powerfully present. It's amazing. I could just sit there and get translated or something!
My Companion is likewise amazing. He's probably the happiest person I've ever met in my whole entire life. His name is Elder Austin Klima (pronounced Klee-ma) from Canada. He's been out for about 4 and a half months. He's so amazing, I love him so much! We're already great friends!
We get along great, and are excited to push the work forward!
Anywho, this week was really interesting.. We taught our investigator named Dennis and BOY. is he hard to teach. He just could not accept the Book of Mormon at all. He wouldn't even let us open it while in his house!! They sat there the whole time and bashed on how We are so lost and we don't know the full truth... Seriously, but he loves us so much and so does his wife. Which is crazy!
They also said that his wife never ever ever lets any religious messengers of any sort come into her home. She has zero tolerance for any missionaries or teachers from other churches. She said that we were the only missionaries that could come in because she felt something about us. They both kept saying they feel the Holy Ghost around us so powerfully when the missionaries came around. They said again and again "You two are so full of the Spirit!"
I kept telling them "By their fruits ye shall know them"
I don't think they were ready to understand. But they were right about one thing, the Spirit truly was there when we testified of truth. These two are very devout in studying the bible. They both know it better than me times 2! They preached to us of all sorts of weird stuff.
The Holy Ghost whispered to me, that the Priesthood is truly one of the Huge identifying features of the Lord's church. When the couple taught, I felt nothing but a whiff of air. But when Elder Klima taught, he taught by the Spirit, with authority from God, and humble heart.
The Holy Ghost filled my heart EVERY time we spoke, and diminished when they did. The Priesthood authorizes us to teach with convincing power and authority. I don't think I've ever appreciated the Priesthood more.
I testify that Christ lives, His Priesthood is real, His church has been Restored. I testify that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, and that Thomas S Monson is the rightful successor of that calling. I testify that miracles happen, according to our Faith in Christ.
In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen
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1617 Delaware Ave.
White Oak, PA 15131