The Lord is Preparing Us for Greater Things

Hello Friends and Family!

This has been a great week! Unfortunately, the meeting we were going to have with Elder Cook was cancelled due to snowy weather. In Virginia, the snow got pretty high, (about 8 in) but here in North Carolina it was just a little dusting. The roads weren’t even very icy. I left my camera at home, so I can’t send pictures right now, but Elder Staheli took a video I wanted to send you. It kinda sucked that we didn’t get to see Elder Cook, but at least we saved a ton of miles! What was worse was that pretty much every church in our mission closed (even here where we barely got anything), so people wouldn’t have to drive on icy roads. Additionally, all our cars were grounded for a day unless we got permission otherwise. Elder Staheli and I were only given permission to give a few people the sacrament. The cool thing is that I got to see my first snow since coming on the mission!
One great thing that happened this week was that we got two people to commit to a baptismal date this week! One of our investigators and her daughter committed to be baptized on February 4! Of course, it really was too bad that church was cancelled because we really need to get them out to church! One of our recent converts who hasn’t been in a while also committed to go, and she was going to get her temple recommend! Despite these weather inflicted tragedies, Elder Staheli and I have really appreciated the Lord’s tender mercies this week in helping the work progress.
We had one pretty funny story from this week which I think should be OK to share with y’all. One night we were walking down a street and a man on a bike comes staggering towards us. He was very drunk, and asked us what we were doing. We told him we were representatives of Jesus Christ spreading His gospel. The man told us he needs Jesus in his life to overcome his alcohol addiction. We tried to be as helpful as possible in giving him our contact information, but he was way too drunk for us to be able to do anything else for him. I reflected on that experience, and remembered someone else who was contacted in a similar way, so who knows? He may be baptized next month.
Anyways, I’ve grown a lot from being on this mission. I know the Lord is preparing us for greater things. It is like what we told one man we are teaching: God is trying to speak to you if you only listen. His message is simple, the gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been restored through His prophets and apostles. I really liked the message in Helaman 5:12; which we shared in a lesson. We related it to how when the Salt Lake temple was being built they found cracks in the foundation and had to start again with more precise measurements and stronger stones. When we build our foundation on Christ, we cannot fall. At the same time, we can’t forget that the devil will continually send his “shafts in the whirlwind,” to sway us, but his intentions can never overcome God’s love and willingness to support His children. The way to build upon Christ’s foundation is the gospel: Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End.
Thank you everyone for your support! I wouldn’t be here without you!
-Elder Runyan

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