Monday, March 26, 2012

Smallest Seed Grows to the Greatest Tree

Familia y Amigos,

Hola!! How are you all? This week in Columbus has been pretty crazy. Lots of great moments and learning moments. First of all, on Wednesday we met with an older woman and I just felt the spirit pretty strong right when we sat down in her house...which was kind of weird because that's not usually how it goes. Feeling that, I knew that it was going to be a powerful lesson and that this lady was prepared to hear a message about the Savior. Well, we taught her about how we can see our lost ones again and live with them forever. And she really opened up. It was a really great night. And we are really excited to visit with her again tonight.

A few days later, we met with an older man who is probably one of the most intelligent men that I have ever met. However, as we got talking to him, we came to find out that he doesn't believe in God. Man! That would be such a sad life. I could sense his confusion and I feel bad for him. This was an eye-opener to me to know that there are people out there that don't believe in God, but if you look all around you, I don't know how we couldn't believe that there truly is a God. This visit made me think about my own testimony and made me so grateful that I know that God lives. And He loves us.

And then, Saturday was a day full of great experiences. First, we had lunch with a family in our branch and as we began to share a message with them, it pretty much ended up them teaching us than us teaching them. haha The wife told us how she graduated with a degree in Forestry and so she knows a lot about trees. We were talking about faith and she commented on how the biggest tree in the world is the sequoia tree, and that the smallest seed in the world is the sequoia tree seed. How cool is that? She related it to Alma 32 and how we can know the truth of all things if we have faith like a mustard seed. Well, if we have even just the smallest desire to believe, God will bless us for that! I thought that was way cool.

And then after this visit, we received a few phone calls and come to find out, every single one of our appointments fell through for the rest of the day. What the poo? So we were like, hmm...that's dumb. Well, we got to thinking, hmm...our faith must be being tested right now. Well, it was super hot outside. I was sweating like crazy, yet we decided to knock a few doors because we had no idea what to do. So we started knocking doors and then right as we were about to go back to the car and try something else, we saw a trailer at the end of the block and I had a feeling we should knock it. Well, we went down there, knocked it, and the guy let us right in without us even introducing ourselves. We got talking to him and he started talking a lot about the crazy stuff going on in Mexico...but he's grateful for God in his life. However, he said that at his church he has noticed people that do bad stuff during the week and then come to church and act like nothing happened. He was really bugged by that and so he is searching for a better church. We were like...hey! right here! haha So we taught him some good stuff and man he is the coolest guy! We are super pumped to visit with him again this next weekend. And, this was a strength to my faith to know that God knows our situation and is aware of us. He blessed us to see this guy. Hopefully we can visit with him a lot more and he can come to understand the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

And this next weekend is General Conference. I'm super pumped. I hope you all will make time to listen to the words of God to us through the Prophet and other leaders of the Church. Have a great week! I love you all. And thanks so much for all your love and support!

Elder Vawdrey

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