It has been a really good week. Sister Helsing and I have definitely seen miracles and felt the guidance of the spirit as we have acted in faith.
We had a really incredible miracle on Tuesday last week. It was 8:45 PM, and we knew there was something else we needed to do before we went home. Sister Helsing said, "We need to knock on another door....I feel like we need to try the door kiddie-corner to the Fabry's house." So we did. We pulled up, prayed, and when we got done with the prayer, all the lights were suddenly on in his house. We went up to the door, knocked, and a man answered the door. We told him who we were and what we do, and immediately he asked us if we have any pamphlets he could look at. We happily pulled out a Restoration pamphlet and a Book of Mormon for him, and we were able to teach him the Restoration on his doorstep. :) It was so incredible! He was so completely drawn in as we taught and testified. He asked, and we gave him the information to get to church. Even more incredible than that, we texted him the next day, and he thanked us for stopping by, telling us that less than 24 hours earlier, his close young friend had passed away. The Spirit is sooo amazing!
We had a good lesson with Brother Marquez--still progressing and agreed once again to be baptized when he knows it's true. We are really focusing still on helping him understand the importance of truly studying and praying about the Book of Mormon. He's a scientist, so we're helping him understand what the spirit feels like. He's really starting to get it. I believe he will be baptized soon! :)
We had the opportunity to work in the mountains this weekend and meet some really incredible people! LOVE the mountains! :)
*****I want to close with a quote by President Ezra Taft Benson:
"The Lord has on the earth some potential spiritual giants whom He saved for some six thousand years to help bear off the kingdom triumphantly and the devil is trying to put them to sleep. The devil knows that he probably won't be too successful in getting them to commit many great and malignant sins of commission. So he puts them into a deep sleep, like Gulliver, while he strands them with little sins of omission. And what good is a sleepy, neutralized, lukewarm giant as a leader?
We have too many potential spiritual giants who should be more vigorously lifting their homes, the kingdom, and the country. We have many who feel they are good men, but they need to be good for something....In short, we must be shakened and awakened from a spiritual snooze."
We have SOO much potential as the sons and daughters of God! I invite you all to assess where your testimony is. What are you doing to nourish it? Serious troubled times are coming, and we need to decide where we stand. The adversary's power is increasing, and the Lord needs His saints to prepare for His coming.
Sister Marissa Budge
P.S. My homecoming is going to be on June 23rd at the church building in Paris, Idaho; haha trust me, it's not too hard to find--just off of highway 89 :) It will be at 9:00--Sacrament is first!!! (Sorry to all of you I told it was last. :/) I would love to see whoever is able to make it!! <3