Elder Colton

Elder Colton

Monday, December 16, 2013

"A Break Through"

Hola mi familia y mis amigos,

It feels like every week I say the same thing: I don't have a lot of time to write.  Sorry.

So this week I thought I would mix it up a bit and actually write a little.

One of the people we are teaching right now is a retired Air Force interpreter named Sarah (name changed) and her 8 year old daughter, Jo-Ann (name also changed).  Sarah first heard about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka...LDS Church, aka...Mormons) from her friend in the Air Force.  Someone in one of their classes made a harsh joke about LDS Temples and another student asked them if they knew that a soldier in the back of the room was a member of the Church.  That member then explained the real purposes of Temples and everyone went back to work.

But the conversation peaked Sarah's interest so she began to study about the LDS Church and its beliefs.  She went to church with friends to see what it was like and realized that it wasn't crazy or totally foreign.  She kept going, even after she moved to Salt Lake with her daughter.  We, the missionaries, met her and began teaching her and visiting on a weekly basis.  

Just last week she had a break through.  Sarah knew from her Christian upbringing that the Holy Ghost can teach truth, but she didn't feel like she had ever felt it. But last week she was reading the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6 and didn't understand one of the verses.  She said a silent prayer in her heart and suddenly felt, in her own worlds, "something floaty and happy that came from God."  The verse "clicked" in her mind and she understood what it said.  

Now that she has felt that, she is continuing to read the Book of Mormon to ask God if it is a true book of scripture. :) Its been a great experience to watch her read and pray about it.  She is in the book of Helaman already (about 3/4s of the way done) and wants to finish in the next month or so.  I am so excited for her to receive that spiritual witness it is true.  I've felt it in my life and it has been the world of difference to me.

Love ya'll,

-Elder Colton

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