Monday, February 2, 2015

Spirit Punch (Week 72)

The Sister missionaries in our ward use this terminology: "Spirit Punch." It means what it sounds like. It's when the spirit punches/rebukes/softens-the-heart/edifies your investigator or less-active member. The spirit has done some damage this week.

We have had some really good lessons this week. Our week was packed with appointments. We have struggled with having a few less-active families keep commitments. One recent convert/less-active family had a wrestle with the spirit. We have struggled a long time to build our trust with them and help them keep commitments. On Thursday I was on splits with a zone leader from Enid. We went in to the home with the plan to just listen and discern the problem. While we were in the home
the spirit whispered to us exactly what we needed to teach. We talked about the atonement and faith. We helped brother M~ make the connection that faith is a principle of action and Heavenly Fathers commandments are for our growth and protection. We made a whole analogy off of building a house, a house of the Lord. The spirit was strong in the room and you could see brother M~'s attitude change. The spirit softens the heart and helps us change. They all committed to read the scriptures a little each night, and they all gave a firm yes.

One of the reconverts that we have been trying to contact for two months has finally come to us for help. Since she stopped coming to church and living the gospel her whole life has been falling apart. She is in the middle of a divorce and having to work more than ever to support her two children. She invited us to come over and visit her. We came over with her home teacher and listened and talked with her about the atonement. While we talked about the atonement she burst into tears. We taught her how the atonement is used through faith, repentance, renewing our baptismal convent, receiving the holy ghost, and enduring to the end. As we testified of God's love for her she wiped away her tears and smiled. The spirit was so strong in the room, she told us that she was going to do everything that it takes to get back on the path.

Our investigator Karri came to church again and loved it. Earlier in the week we visited her and she told us how much she loved church the week before. She said all week she has felt a joy that she hasn't felt in a long time. We answered her questions and taught her the plan of salvation. We talked about baptism but she still isn't sure. We left her with the commitment to pray and ask God if she needs to be baptized by someone holding the authority from God. Karri is awesome. She has so much faith and a great desire to do good. It was amazing to walk to the Relief Society room and to see her come out with a smiling grin on her face. She is becoming a different person, a joyful person.

God has blessed us greatly this week. Time is flying so fast. I'm worried that I'll be transferred on the 18th. I wish it would all slow down. I love you all and pray for you! Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely, Elder Watkins

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