Monday, September 16, 2013

This week has been filled with a lot of ups and downs.  We were able to get 4 referrals (when someone tells us that they have a friend who wants to learn more about the gospel)
We also had a visit from Elder Robert C. Gay from the quorum of the 70 (one of the people that help the Prophet and the Apostles) and receive a training by him.
He focused a lot on responding to the Spirit. He said that there is no 'silver bullet' solution to missionary work because every situation is different.  The only way to know how to truly help those who we see is by listening to them and listening to what the Holy Ghost, or the spirit directs us to say and to do.  I know that listening is essential, whether you are a missionary or someone else working in another capacity.  Listening to the feelings and thoughts of your heart and truly listening to those around you will help to diminish misunderstandings and deepen and strengthen the relationship that you have with those that you listen to. 
Elder Gay also quoted Elder Holland (an Apostle) and said, "You have the power to astonish the world!"  He taught us that ordinances, sacred promises and acts done using the power of God, the priesthood, open up the powers of Heaven, and he told us many stories that he asked us not to write down, but that were faith building about the power of prayer and temple work.
I know that I am here for a reason.  I know that The Book of Mormon is the Word of God and I now can say without a doubt in my mind that prayers are answered... All prayers... they just aren't always answered in the way we want them or at the time that we want them.
I love you all!  NEVER forget to pray, pray always and you will receive the strength and guidance that you need.
Hermana Bricker

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