Monday, June 30, 2014

Spiritual Hugs!

Hey Family!
It's been another great week with Elder Rodriguez. He got his cast off today, so he's got a beautiful tan line on his arm and he's looking great over there emailing.
We had an amazing miracle with the Waldens this week. On Monday we we're going over to meet with Mike and Chessie. Chessie has been really excited about getting baptized, but Mike has had a lot of doubts and hasn't been able to meet with us for a long time. We finally had the appointment set up though, but right before going, Chessie texted us and said that Mike was leaving and didn't want to meet with us. We had just gotten back from dinner and we were with the sisters, so we asked them to come with us. We were frustrated, so we said a prayer in the school parking lot then went over. He was actually there when we arrived, so we were pretty relieved. The spirit guided the lesson and Chessie taught us about the restoration with one of the sister missionaries. Mike got to ask a lot of good questions and recognized that the spirit was there. The next day we felt like we needed to send him Joshua 24:15, and asked him "What day?" He texted back "This day!" He had a few spiritual experiences and now he is ready to be baptized. It is amazing to see how much the spirit can change us if we let it. Mike is such a good guy and he does great at leading the family. I can't wait to see how much the gospel helps him grow.
We got to have a lot of other cool lessons this week and we really focused on getting our investigators to church. We worked so hard making sure they understood the importance and felt comfortable coming. Right before church, the texts started coming in that people weren't going to make it. We were so frustrated that we had worked so hard to make that happen and now people weren't going to make it. We ended up going to the seminary room and talking with Heavenly Father for a few minutes. We both got to experience spiritual hugs and we were able to ponder about the covenants we were about to renew. It gave the sacrament a much deeper meaning that day and I'm so thankful that we had the time to think and pray before then. Our investigators will be there next week and it will all work out.
Life in Choctaw has been great and I'm loving my time out here. It's been fun to see the changes of the ward and area. I know that God leads this work and we are so blessed to be a part of it. Have a wonderful week. HFF!
-Elder Hoddy

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