Monday, November 16, 2015

The Blessing- Week 16

Once again, the week has come and gone. The work is going so well here and I am so excited about where it is headed! We are seeing so many blessings and miracles everyday and there is no greater feeling than that of the Spirit bearing solemn testimony and witness of truth in a lesson and when helping someone to progress to be closer to Christ. 
This last week we saw many many miracles but there is one in particular that I would like to share.

Miracle 1: A couple weeks ago, we were walking through an apartment complex and a man on the second level of the complex beckoned to us and started talking to us which is already a blessing because we are like always the ones that have to start a conversation with anyone... So we got to talk to him a bit and he very welcomely accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and we told him we would work on getting a copy in his native tongue so he could better understand. We stopped by this week to check in on him and tell him we had ordered an Arabic copy for him and we actually met his wife and her brother and the three of them invited us into their home. 

Their English is a bit broken so we would have to repeat most things we said and rephrase it so they could better understand but basically, we were able to talk about prayer, about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and about the Book of Mormon and they were so receptive and loved it all! They even asked us where our church was at and what time it started and really desired to go! We told them where and the time of 12:30 and they told us they would try to make it but if they could come they would be late because being Muslim, they pray to Mecca 5 times every day and one of those times is at 12:30. 

UCU (The college just down the street) has a huge foreign exchange program especially people from Saudi Arabia. Anyways, they were incredibly receptive of the message and sought us out and we are so excited to work with them in the near future! Plus they are really really kind people (not a new thing for people in Oklahoma. Everyone here is so kind!) Anyways, it was a huge miracle and blessing for us and we gained 3 new investigators out of the experience. 

Anyways, there are so many other things I wish I could share that are equally amazing and some even more amazing but let it be a testament that we are all God's children, and He wants all of us to have His gospel and when people are ready to receive it, he places the right people and the right tools to help us receive it. 

I am so grateful for the gospel in my life and all of the blessings, joy, peace, and happiness it brings to my very being. I am thankful for a loving Savior who knows us personally and individually and I am so grateful that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the entire world, not just a part of the world. 

May you all have a wonderful, miraculous, and blessed week and know that I know this work is true.

Keep the faith,
Elder Ricks

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