This week has been great. We did some really cool practices in the Zone Meeting to see how awkward we do or don't make meeting people doing normal things. I realized we can be pretty awkward if we act like robots in others words if we don't take in our surroundings and actually talk to people with a purpose and realize they are people. Always helps to practice. It helped me and my companion apply it in our contacting when we were walking for 3 hours? 2 hours? (My companion says I never give one option its always this verse and these other verse are great too still working on making a decision and sticking to it.)
We met some really prepared and not prepared people as we were normal and purposeful.
One really prepared person literally was leaving getting into his car when we talked to him not assuming he was going to stay but still sharing our purpose and figuring out what he was up to (on his way to work). His opening line after meeting him was "I don't like churches" and as we got to know him he clarified he didn't like the hypocrisy in churches. And so after explaining about how we have a need for church because of the sacrament each Sunday (see 3 nephi 18) he opened up about how he had a once in a life time experience with a family when he was working in Houston he was a chef their working and closing up the cafeteria when a little boy was being rowdy and his mom calmly told him that this was not his home and he needed to behave or be respectful. The little boy settled down without complaint. Then the father came in and told the news of the grandmother (wasn't good news). what they did next got to this chef. they held hands and prayed together and the little boy cried. He admired that the little boy hadn't cried or complained when he had been corrected but when they were praying. After their prayer the chef offered them food. He called his boss and explained that he was making dinner for a family after hours and well this chef was very loving to this family.
Days or a week or so later the chef was looking in the lost and found (why? no idea) and found (how he said it) "that book" (the Book of Mormon that was in my hands) with a card tapped to it. His name was written on the envelope. Inside was a sincere letter of appreciation from this family that said we are not trying to recruit you but we want you to know what you did for us is exactly what we teach and preach. We would love to talk more and they had given him the phone number. He called them checked up on the grandma and the father and him had a conversation about how this chef has a special light and that the lord has a plan for him. Also he said to the chef there will be a time in your life when you will need religion or a church because of a crisis or big changes and I strongly invite you to look for help from God.
Then we meet this chef as he is going through a hard time and has been turning to prayer and he says he needs a foundation.
The rest is yet to be lived but meeting him and others this past week and understanding the little things in life that are making a huge difference for someone along the way. Never discount the little things.
I feel the assurance that the Spirit is guiding us as we do our part. There are prepared people in our lives, in my life. They will accept the gospel one day. Now I am just glad to be a part of these people's plans of salvation.
With much love and appreciation for the Savior's help to help me be able to have these experiences,