Walking By Faith
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
This week has been a week of miracles! I know I say that almost every week, but the Lord’s hand truly is in this work, and we see it every single day. I am so grateful for the Lord’s many tender mercies as my companion and I walk by faith in Him and His power.
This past week, we had a special training meeting with a couple zones in the area and our mission president. The focus was concentrated heavily on faith, and acting on that faith. Our mission president shared with us a clip from a mission president’s training. In the clip, Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Presidency of the Church spoke about faith. He related an image that inspired me. He described acting on faith like a young eaglet taking its first flight. Mother eagles tend to perch their nests at the top of high cliffs or posts. Just weeks after eagles are born, the mother slowly scoots the young eagle to the edge of the post or cliff, and then, pushes the eagle off into the air. Then, moments later, while plummeting down to the bottom of the cliff, the eaglet is caught by a rush of wind. Because of the thrill of this experience, eagles do not fear falling, nor do they fear flying, because they trust that the wind will catch them before hitting the bottom.
This image has inspired me to make more leaps. I know that as I do so, the Lord will catch me before I fall, and my confidence and faith in Him will enable me to learn to fly.
After this training, my companion and I began to put it into practice. That night, we planned to visit a recent convert, Antonio (the adorable man who finds beauty in flowers and freshly painted walls), but we couldn’t come in the house without a third woman, and no one was able to come with us that night. It was about 8:30, and we only had about 30 minutes before we had to go home. So, we went and talked to him outside his window again. We talked for about 15 minutes, and then we said, “hermano, we told the Lord we would find a new investigator before going home, so we need to get going to find that investigator!” We headed off and rounded the corner to find a door wide open, with a dog standing in front of the screen yelping at us. We looked at each other, then knocked. A voice replied in Spanish, and we waited for a few minutes. No one came to the door, so we began walking towards another house. Then moments later, we heard a voice from behind. A young man standing in the doorway peered at us through the darkness. We turned around to approach him, and explained why we were there. He told us he only had 5 minutes, so we shared with him the message of the Restoration of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and set a return appointment for this week (tonight, actually!).
On top of that, we saw yet another miracle yesterday. We drove out to Pacifica to visit a member and her grandson who we are teaching, and on our way to the apartment, we got a call from the elders. My companion answered, listened for a few minutes, and said, “Okay, let me talk to Hermana Stockwell and get back to you.” She hung up and said, “A dropped investigator, who is also a friend of a member just asked the elders for a blessing at the chapel, and they need another woman to be there.” We began making our way over to the car without a second thought.
We called up the member we were planning on visiting, and turns out she wasn’t able to have us over anyway. And it wasn’t until we arrived there that I realized that the dropped investigator was actually someone who lived in the area we covered, not the elders’. Well, the elders gave her a priesthood blessing, and then we were able to answer some questions she had about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. After addressing her concerns, we were able to testify of the truthfulness of the gospel. I felt so much love for that woman, and the Spirit was in that room the entire time. We set up a time to meet again and continue answering her questions.
It is amazing how when one door closes, another one opens by the hand of the Lord. I am reminded of that time and time again here on my mission. The Lord truly is here to catch us as we free fall, as long as we have faith enough to leap.
I love you and miss you all!!!