Monday, May 15, 2017

The Blessing- Week 93

What an incredible week!

We talked with nearly the whole world this week, I'm nearly certain. We had our booth on campus three times this week and that is always one of the neatest and most personal and uplifting activities to talk with people and to build connections and relationships quickly. I absolutely love being able to talk with and relate to and teach and be uplifted with and share a spiritual experience with so many individuals who are my own age. It was the last week of school and everyone was trying to prepare for and cope with finals and many were also trying to make preparations to pack up and head home for the summer so we met a lot of people who asked us to call them and meet after finals were over, people who said we could call at the start of the fall semester, others who said we could send missionaries to talk with them again, we set a few appointments with some, but all in all it was and is the greatest thing to be able to talk with so many people and have such intimate and spiritual conversations centered on Christ and his ability to strengthen and enable and save us and for so many, we were able to talk with them abut how He can help them through their studies and testing and life as they take time to focus on Him. What a glorious thing to be able to witness as others faith is increased.

We saw so many miracles with so many of those individuals and the conversations we had but yesterday was something extra special. There are dozens and dozens of people showing up at our ward for summer sales and one of them, Landon, met a girl here in Oklahoma at a dance on Saturday night and after talking she, Hannah, told him she wanted to come to his church because he was so different. He doesn't drink or do drugs or sleep around and she just felt different around him and could just tell there was something different and special about him. So they walked in together and he introduced her to us and she enjoyed Sacrament meeting, Elder Burrows got to teach about the restoration of the gospel and Church of Jesus Christ in the latter-days and she was just glowing and so mesmerized through the entire class.

I was so fortunate and blessed to be able to go back to OU for Alice's baptism on Saturday and there was such a beautiful spirit felt there and she is so committed to following and learning and knowing our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. What a special and sacred and spiritual experience it was for me to be able to witness that and be apart of God's plan in bringing about His mighty purposes and blessings in her life.

The gospel is just so special. I love this work and I am so grateful I get to see Heavenly Father's mighty hand working for the success and happiness and salvation of us, His children.

Keep the faith,
Elder Ricks

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