Monday, May 19, 2014

"Do you know anything about the feeling of love?" (Bayley)

So earlier this week Sister Killian and I met a young man named Sebastian, about 14, who told us all about his dreams of basketball stardom and invited us to come back and teach him and his family a few days later.  So yesterday we went over and knocked on his door, in high hopes of a Restoration lesson and at least one or two baptismal commitments.  Sebastian answers the door with some awkward small talk about how his parents aren't home, and then asks us, in all seriousness, "do you know anything about the feeling of love?"

And remember how sometimes I have this problem where I laugh uncontrollably at the most inappropriate times?

Yeah this was one of those times.

So we're standing there with this kid who goes on to tell us all about how he had met this girl at the 8th grade dance last night and ever since then had felt like "he wasn't even part of this world anymore" while I try my best to control my laughter while my companion tries to maintain dignity.  Poor Sister Killian.  She handled the situation admirably though, first asking Sebastian if he'd asked the girl out and then subtly transitioning to how love is a good feeling and you know who else loves us? God.  See, that's what companions are for.  After we left she was like "wait till the car wait till the car" and as soon as we got inside we both exploded with laughter.

Ah, missions.  Seriously the best time of your life.

In other news, we had so many miracles this last week it was OUTTA CONTROL.

First of all, let me tell you about Sheri.

So we were at this apartment complex (as we always are here in Pasadena) going to contact a referral when we walked by this lady standing outside her apartment looking quite distraught.  And since we're missionaries and we know that no matter what your needs or concerns might be, the Savior and His teachings—the gospel—will help you, we went up to this lady and asked her if everything was alright.  At which point to commenced to tell us all about how her sister has gone crazy and her brother wants to put her in the mental hospital but Sheri promised her sister she would never do that to her, so she doesn't know what to do.  So we asked if we could say a prayer, which she agreed to.  After the prayer we talked a little bit and shared a scripture and went on our way.  The next day, we were back at the same apartment complex and bumped into Sheri again, except she looked a lot happier.  As soon as she saw us, she ran up to us excitedly and told us that her sister woke up this morning completely normal and healed, and she knew that it was all because of our prayer.  She thanked us over and over again and told us that we were her sisters and that she would now forever be in our debt.

So, the moral of the story is this:
God is real.
Miracles are real.
Prayer is real.

And so long you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, and so long as you have the faith in trust and God that He is in control, he will work miracles through you.  As Richard G. Scott put it, far more eloquently than I could, "If you seek His help, be sure you life is clean, your motives are worthy, and you're willing to do what He asks - for He will answer your prayers.  He is your loving Father; you are His beloved child. He loves you perfectly and wants to help you."  How amazing and humbling is that?!  And that promise isn't limited to full time missionaries.  Each and every one of us has within our power the ability to access the powers of heaven.  That's just how great God is.  

Other highlights of the week include...
1) the stake function where they had a dunk tank for bishops.  Brilliant.  They also had a talent show where many people from the Spanish wards sang loud Spanish ballads that everybody *else* sang along with while the rest of us nodded and pretended we understood Spanish.
2) the fact that only one missionary companionship from each ward was allowed to go, and President chose Sister Killian and I to go for Fairmont :D
3) Marcy, an amazing woman we met just this week who has ALREADY COME TO CHURCH.  Seriously guys this is real life.  Miracles are happening in Pasadena.
4) Going on exchanges to La Porte, where Sister McQueen and I got lost looking for a street that didn't exist on the map.  We finally decided that a little unnamed blip of a street was the Street of Requirement, and that it would be the street we were looking for, and you better believe me when I tell you IT TOTALLY WAS.  Exchanges are so amazing.  You get to see miracles and eat another missionary's food and stay up late telling life stories and then regretting it immensely when the alarm goes off at 6:30.

In addition to all those joys, let me tell you something else I've learned this week: the reality and seriousness of the priesthood.  In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are privileged to have at our easy access the power of God - through the priesthood holders in our families and in our wards.  Through our fathers and brothers and bishops and home teachers.  As such, crucially important for the success of the saints is that they can trust the priesthood brethren who have stewardship over them.  We need to be able to rely on men who hold the priesthood to fulfill their callings, because if we cannot access God's priesthood power simply because the vessel whom he has entrusted it with is neglecting their duties, we all suffer.
If you have the priesthood, please understand how important that is.  Please please please, I plead with you, honor that responsibility.  In holding the priesthood, you are standing in Christ's place wherever you go.  The callings and responsibilities you are given are things He is having you do in His place.
If you have access to the priesthood, please take advantage of it.  Do not ever underestimate the power of a priesthood blessing.
If you do not have access to the priesthood, get access to it.  Go to church if you are not going.  Live the commandments if you are not living them.  The power of God is on the earth, and we have it at our fingertips.  We should never forget that.

Love you all so much!

One last request - I'm trying to get people to send me their favorite talks - conference talks, devotional talks, have it what you will.  But please send them to me as soon as you can - at 1000 Curtis St Apt 503 Pasadena TX 77506.  You could email them too I guess if you want, except that then I have to print them and printing is 15 cents a your call.  But I seriously would LOVE it if y'all would help me out with this.

I hope your week is filled with prayers and miracles and also doughnuts because, well, because doughnuts are amazing.

Sister Bayley Enright

 Perks of being Sister Killian's companion - the fact that her family owns Killian Korn and they sent us excessive quantities of happiness :D

 The most terrifying sight in all of Pasadena.

The fact that it was actually cool enough in Texas in May to wear a scarf this last week - MIRACLES

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