That ye may be the children of your father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun and to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Mathew 5:45
We drove to Runcorn today to find a flat for missionaries. We had only two properties to see, since no one else had appointments available until next week (I had called a week in advance and still couldn't get bookings). The two places didn't work out, but I was prompted to call this place I had been bugging for a slot, and the lady said a small window had opened up for us to see a flat. The flat proved perfect for our needs. There is no way it would have been available by the time our appointment was scheduled. We rented it! The Lord makes sure his missionaries are placed where He wants them. Not only that, He seems to delight in placing a person near the flat we are renting, or in the parking lot, where he can be introduced to the gospel because we got a referral to teach there at the apartment building. This is the third referral we have obtained this way.
The lost lamb we found is a young man of around 18. He was there with a crew doing yard maintenance and walking the dog they had with them. He is from a city about an hour away, so we called the missionaries with the information they need to teach him. If you could have felt the Spirit and seen this person's face when the message about the restored gospel was presented, you would have cried. I left with him asking me, "What happened next?" as I told him the story of Joseph Smith going into the woods to pray to know the truth. He kept begging for the rest of the story, but he deserves the opportunity to hear the First Vision taught to him through the Spirit Formula. This is a powerful method used to help investigators feel the Spirit bear witness of the truth of the restoration. I promised him he would have an answer to that question and others he has about where he came from before this earth life, why he is here now, and where he can go after this life. He was so excited to know more! I was so gloriously happy I could hardly contain myself. Elder Blain would say I didn't--contain myself that is.
On another happy note, it rained all the snow away today! It is now safer for everyone to walk on the sidewalks. There was a dangerous accumulation of snow and ice because most people don't have shovels to remove snow from walks and stairs. Snow is lovely this time of year to make the season seem like a traditional white Christmas, but I like a green and safer (and warmer) England. I almost felt like we were driving in Utah with the white everywhere, except for the bone-chilling deep freeze it has been here the past week.
Santa has come to our house! Below is our tree with the ever-growing pile of presents from home.
|Here's a close up so you can truly appreciate our bounty. Christmas morning will be SO FUN!|