Thursday, May 28, 2015

He Does Listen May 13, 2015

Ciao tutti!!!

Well, only a couple more of these emails left. That's pretty crazy. Time is really going fast. Before you know it, I will be home and life will be real. I don't know if I'm ready for that.

Anyway, it was a good week. The best part was being able to Skype you guys for mother's day. That was really fun. I'm excited to be able to see you all in person soon. Get ready to party. haha

Well, you'll never believe who I met on the bus the other day. That right....Joseph Smith. No, I'm not joking. He was from Ghana and when I asked him his name, he just started laughing and then told me. So, hopefully we will start teaching Joseph Smith this week. Speaking of that, did I ever tell you about how the missionaries in Ancona baptized someone named Joseph Smith? I guess it's a pretty common name. haha.

Besides that, the title of this email comes from our miracle yesterday. Well, now that we have control over the whole city, we have a lot more people to see and so we are a lot more busy. Unfortunately, literally all of our lessons yesterday cancelled and we went from a full day, to an empty day. Good thing for backup plans, right? So as we had planned, we went and did some pass bys of less active members, and literally no one was home. We went from one end of the city to the other and found no one. While on one of the buses, I started talking to this young man who was going to church. I spoke to him about eternal families and bore my testimony to him and I know he felt the spirit. He then gave me his number, but as soon as I tried to call it to see if it worked, it said it wasn't active. So it looks like he gave me a fake number. That is always sad, especially when they feel the spirit. So our morale was kinda low yesterday, but we kept on working and literally as we were crossing the street to go home, we got stopped by/we stopped a man (it was kinda both) who had met the missionaries in the past. He had tried to go to the old church before, but since we don't use it anymore, its always closed. We were able to give him the new church address and get his phone number. When I asked if we could meet him again, he said, "Why wait? I've got time right now". So we taught him a quick lesson right there and set up a return appointment. It was literally such a blessing. I knew that Heavenly Father was aware of our struggles that day. That He saw the effort we were putting in and he blessed us as a result. I know He listens to our prayers and answers them "after all we can do"(2 Nephi 25:23). We have to put the effort in first, and then the blessings come. 

Just like you dad, I'm currently studying 3rd Nephi and I love it so much. It is so crazy how much destruction there was. I never realized it. I still remember back a few years ago when we went on a trip with Uncle Leo and his family (I think it was when we went to Jedediah smith). We had just gone on the mail boats to the lunch point and we were looking at some broken rocks on the beach and Uncle Leo got our 3rd Nephi and read about the destruction of the land and how the rocks were broken up and whatnot. I don't know why, but that stuck in my head. 

I love the Book of Mormon so much. It is such an inspired book. It literally has changed my life. Every time I read from it, I learn something new. I know that it answers the questions of the soul, and I invite everyone to read it. To ponder about its message, try and put the teachings into practice, and then to ask God, if it is not true. And I promise you, just like Moroni of old and just like millions of faithful people before me, you will receive an answer. I know this to be true, because God answered my prayer. And he continues to answer them. 

So in conclusion. I've very excited to see you all soon, but don't worry. I'm still working hard. Being trunky won't be a problem. I know how important this time is. I only have 2 weeks left, so I need to make the most of it. Thank you for your prayers on our behalf. I love you all so much and I hope that you have a great week.

Anziano Langlois

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