Monday, July 14, 2014

The King is Returning

First of all Lebron is coming home say what?!?!  I have to say I was a bit heartbroken to hear he was leaving the Heat, it was bittersweet. I love the heat, but being here on a mission in Ohio it's pretty cool that he will be back here in the same state I'm serving in! It's funny because when we knock on doors I find quite a few people wearing Cavs shirts so I have asked them what they think about the whole thing. As much as they hated him when he "betrayed" them and left the Cavs they are suddenly his number one fans again. It'll be a good season so all you guys will have to keep me posted!

Anyway onto missionary things! This week has been a good week! On Sunday of last week we were out tracting and we met a man named Ben. We knocked on the door asked him how he was doing and he responded with a enthuastic "I'm doing fantastic." Before we started to even talk about the gospel, he basically bore his testimony of the Savior to us. We talked to him for awhile on his doorstep and found out his wife had recently passed away. We expressed our sympathy and asked him if he believed he would see her again. He told us he knew he would. We set up a time to come back and teach him more. When we went back we were able to teach a powerful first lesson to him. We gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and are excited to meet with him again sometime this week. We have high hopes for Ben.

We also met with our investigator Judy. Judy has met with missionaries for practically her whole life. Her husband who is deceased had read the whole Book of Mormon all the way through. Her daughter joined the church when she was 13 and years later was sealed to her husband in the temple. Judy knows so much about the church, and we know one day she will accept the gospel. I remember the first time I met her, it was my first week in Delaware, she didn't have much time to talk, in fact it was probably only a five minute conversation. Most of our visits we don't share too much about the gospel. It's more of a "how are you doing? or "how can we help you visit." However a few days ago I felt impressed to give her the talk from Elder Holland, "Like A Broken Vessel." She loved it. She read it right after we left! She said she even read it multiple times and she felt like the talk was written for her. She wants us to print off more talks for her to read. She even told her daughter all about it. Yesterday when we were over we shared a quick spiritual thought with her. When we finished she looked at us and said, "Is that all you are going to read? Are you going to read anymore?" She has made a ton of progress from not wanting to hear too much about the gospel to wanting us to read more and I think the reason she has made this progress is because we loved her first. We didn't treat her as another number that we could record, we truly care about her, and want to do all we can to uplift and strengthen her.

The funniest moment of the week was when we were visiting a lady in the ward named Mitzi. Mitzi is amazing and has so much love for everyone. Every time we are there someone new walks in the door. This time when we were there a big black guy named RJ walked in. He introduced himself to us and so we told him our names. He was confused why we were called "sisters." We told him that we were missionaries so then he asked us "so what do you do? Do you go around selling bibles." We told him that we don't sell anything that we go around giving people the Book of Mormon and helping people come closer to Jesus Christ. The conversation unfortunately didn't go much farther, but on his way out he said to us, "Goodbye Lady Saints." We all had a pretty good laugh.

A missionary shared a quote this week from the movie Rocky that I loved. The quote said, "If you know what you are worth, go get what you are worth." If we could see each other as God see's us we would be blown away. We are living below our potential. We are so worth it to our Father in Heaven. He will do everything He can to help us to return to Him. Go get what you are worth! Strive to be that son or daughter of God you are and have a wonderful week! I love you guys more than you even know and am so grateful you are a part of my life.

P.S I am getting pro at painting houses, planting gardens, and I eat all my veggies when people give them to me. You'd be so proud mama!

Love, Sister Mathis

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