Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Exchanges, 'one last door'

Hey Mom!
That is so exciting! It seems like there is always something awesome happening back home. From babies and their delivery time to welcoming someone new into our humble abode it's just great! I'm sure you are enjoying the extra woman in the house. You have been so out numbered over the years. I'm actually not sure how you feel on the matter haha. That's awesome thought!

Busy busy busy! This week was Zone Training Meeting week. All the zones/stakes full of missionaries got together in the zones and had a meeting. We were able to join our zone and it turned out great! There was a training given by a new sister missionary that talked about teaching by the spirit. It was so powerful! Elder Smith and I were surprised to hear that coming from her already. She delivered the message so clean and clear. The spirit just filled the room and everyone was edified. As we continue to see missionaries come out they are just more and more prepared. They are ready to share the gospel because they personally have gained that testimony and knowledge beforehand. This is really the work of the Lord.

For the rest of the week we were in and out of different towns going on exchanges. We started with Wenatchee. Elder Jensen and Elder Rosenkrantz. Two great leaders of the Wenatchee zone. Elder Jensen and I were able to go out together and talk with many great people. Right at the end of the night we had one of those last door experiences. Where missionaries knock door after door and nothing comes. We say to ourselves, "alright, one more door." After we knocked a young guy answered. Throughout the conversation we focus on sharing the message of the restoration but as we started to share something stopped us dead in our words and instantly went to the plan of salvation. His attention peaked as we testified of the purpose of life and our heavenly fathers plan for each of us. We truly are blessed to have a knowledge and a confirmation of where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. At the end of our conversation he only committed to read the pamphlet but I know that the message that we shared struck a chord in his heart. These are the moments that are fulfilling. That puts us at rest at the end of a long day. The moments where you can feel the spirit testifying and you have done all that you can. That is all that the Lord asks of us. Is to give all that we can and he will do the rest. Being on a mission has taught me that principle more than anything else. I'm sure you have noticed that, for I mention it probably more than any other principle. I know that the Lord is very involved within our lives. He is very aware of what we need and is waiting to please that need. All he asks is that we have faith in Him. Believing that he is Jesus Christ, He performed many miracles and that through him all things are possible. 

Quick update on whats going on in the mission right now. We are preparing to have Elder Packer, of the seventy, come and visit us. He sounds like such a great guy as we coorelate and work out the plans for the meeting. It is going to be an awesome experience to work closely with him. Have a great week and I will report next week on how everything went. Most likely i will be writing wednesday next week. Love you!
E. Archibald

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