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Monday, November 11, 2013

NEVER BE AFRAID TO SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY


This week has been so amazing and definitely life changing for me. I had a couple great experiences happen and will always cherish and never forget them.

First while we were tracting this week we came across this girl and she really disagreed with us she had a lot of "anti" things to say and I was really nervous me and elder bonin were really stumbling over our words and didn’t know what to say to this lady. We were nice to her and she was for the most part very nice to us but she had us twisted and we left her house feeling very bad about everything. While walking to the next house we were discussing what happened and what we could’ve done better. And it hit me why didn’t we just bear our testimony. I get very scared to bear my testimony because I always think what are they going to say back after or if I am going to offend someone. I just get nervous and end up talking myself out of doing it. But while walking I realized. I KNOW these things are true and nothing else really matters. I don’t need to be scared of what anyone else will say or think because what I know to be true is better than anything they can throw at me. It was great to finally have that click in my mind. As we came to the next house. A guy answered the door and began to do the same thing as the lady before if not even worse. He called us a cult and things but simply we talked with him for a bit and then we bore our testimonies to him and the spirit was so strong I know I could feel it and elder bonin could feel it as well and we both really felt so much better about that experience. We learned to always bear your testimony, and to defiantly just have confidence in yourself and what you stand for.

also just like our apostles have said tract the same places talk to the same people because they might not be ready now but they will be ready in the future. we were walking down the street and there are these sign wavers all along the sidewalks and we have talked to them plenty of times before so we just walked by this one guy and said hello but kept walking and then we were headed back towards our apartment and that same guy asked if he could ask us a question. We said of course. He asked what ward we were in and he said that he was a member just hadn’t been in a long time. He said that the missionaries usually talk to him and he wanted to know why we didn’t. I said that I have talked to him 3 or 4 times before this and he really wasn’t that sociable with me. He said that he had remembered but then he went on to say that he is trying to get back to coming to church and he would like our help. We loved to hear this. We are meeting with him. And we invite him to church he has work so he has gotten it off to come to church. It just goes to show that there is a time for everyone. And his time had come after many times of coming in contact with him. He was finally ready to come, and join with us.

Also since I have been here in Hamilton mill we have gone to this lady in the ward charity Willis and have tried so many times to get her to come to church. She has a very strong testimony she just blames not coming on the fact that she is too lazy. Well after trying and trying so hard and inviting her to come, yesterday SHE CAME to church. And it was such an amazing day! I almost jumped up and started running around the chapel luckily I kept myself somewhat calm. That’s what I imagine the feeling is of getting a baptism.

Last night we had dinner at our ward mission leader’s house. He was trying to find people for us to teach. So he called some of his nonmember friends and invited them over for cookies and milk and to talk about the good word of god. When they came over we were able to teach them the restoration and they absolutely loved it. They took the book of Mormon with the high hopes that it could help them grow closer to their savior. They really felt the spirit and knew that we were representatives of Jesus Christ. At first I was so nervous once again. I didn’t know how they were going to take it and I was just all around nervous. Then we got to the first vision and as I said the first vision the spirit just took over and I was no longer scared at all. I was totally confident and better yet I knew they needed it and knew that it could help them and when you are doing all you can to help others there is no worry in mind. When you truly gain that love for others you’ll do all you can to make them happy and give them all you have that makes you happy.

I love you all!!!

Love Elder Ross

 

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