This week in Cocoa has been very exciting. We've been our bikes all week and man did it wipe us out. But we felt very accomplished of what we did this week.
Tuesday we were working down in Port St. John and following up with some potential investigators. We were able to catch
one at home named Dawn and her two girls were there also. We taught them a brief restoration and asked if we come back and they said we could. We are so excited!! We've been working very hard to find new investigators.
Tuesday we also had a lesson with our investigator Rosanna. It went very well she was able to open up to us about some
stuff and we were able to address her concerns. We taught her about the atonement of Jesus Christ and also shared with her the Mormon message "The Savior Wants to Forgive". It's a very powerful message all about a man who is a convict and how he is able to turn his life around because of Jesus Christ. He goes through a lot of hard times and feels like he is unworthy of the saviors love. But he finds as he goes through his life that the Lord is always by his side and loved him and always wanted him to come back into the fold. Something we've been working with Rosanna through is she feels that sometimes she is unworthy of that love and unworthy of repenting. We've been really trying hard to get her to church, her husband is a member but a less active member. She wants to come to church but he's not very interested so it's hard to get her to come without him. She doesn't want to do anything without her husband which is understandable but it's hard to inspire that desire within him too. We have yet to meet him but we're trying to and praying that we will be able to this week.
Wednesday we are able to go and visit K in the hospital. A Sister from the ward took us and we were so excited!! We walked in and K was asleep on one of the chairs in the lobby she looked so tired. But she was excited to see us too. We talked with her about the treatment she is getting in the hospital and what we can do for her. She said that she has been reading the book of Mormon. She said she likes to study by topic in the morning and then read through it at night. She has set a goal to finish the book of Mormon, the doctrine and covenants, and the pearl of great price by the end of her stay in the hospital. We were all just in awe of her love of the Scriptures. She truly does cling to the Gospel. We really are trying to help her recognize the spirit as she reads and to know that the peace she feels comes from the spirit when she reads a book of Mormon. One really cool thing that happened was she said that she talk to her brother this past week. She holds her brothers opinion very highly and vice versa so she told him that she was reading the book of Mormon again and he told her okay you can do what you want but it was more of an a supportive tone then I don't approve tone so she took it as a good thing.
She also said that she has been thinking of baptism a lot more often. She said to us "if you would've asked me two months ago about baptism I would've said no way. But with the two of you I have just seem to click with you and the things you've been teaching me have been really seeming to make an impression on me. It kind of seems like it to me that God is trying to wave a flag in front of my face and I just haven't been able to see it." It was so cool! We told her that we are here for a reason we have felt felt very strongly that the two of us are here for her. We also told her just how much her father in heaven
loves her. sister Domato and I have just been in awe of how much love we feel for K.
As representatives of Jesus Christ we have the unique ability to be able to feel the love that Jesus Christ and heavenly
father have for their children here on earth. Like I've said in the past it's one of my favorite things about being a missionary. Heavenly father just loves K so much and wants her to feel that love and to recognize it. K has been praying a lot more and has been feeling more of God's influence in her life. It's been a bit of a setback with her in the facility but we know that heavenly father is in charge and that he is aware of K and her needs. We are looking at it as a good thing maybe this new medication that she needs will help her to become more stable and help her in the long run. Being patient is just the hard
part. As we are talking with her I felt the spirit so strongly and it bore witness to me that I am here in cocoa to teach K. I wanted to cry at the thought of going home and not being a missionary anymore or not being able to witness K's baptism. But I know that the Lord and his timing is perfect it will all work out in the end.
Rest of the week was filled with biking and teaching here and there. We did teach R again and were able to teach her about the rest of the gospel of Jesus Christ particularly focusing on baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Her brother Brandon was there and he is a very nondenominational follower of Jesus Christ. He has that faith he just has a different view point of looking at the Gospel. We were able to testify very boldly of the priesthood authority and how important it is. The spirit was definitely there and I think Brandon and Rosanna were able to feel it. We committed R to come to church and she agreed.
The bishopbric asked all the missionaries to speak yesterday and also the ward mission leader. Thinking that I could get out of speaking I offered to sing instead. They said well we want all the missionaries to talk but you can sing as well. Darn it! Haha!
So yesterday I had the opportunity to speak and to sing in Sacrament meeting. The topic was how the Gospel changes lives. They wanted us to share experiences from our mission and life. So I sharedfour stories. I shared uncle Tom's experience and got his testimony from his Mormon.org profile. Sorry uncle Tom I hope you don't mind. I also shared Tony's experience and Alma the younger story. And then ended with my own experience from my mission and how it has truly
helped me to be converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to the atonement of Jesus Christ. My life certainly has been changed by the Gospel. Then I sang abide with me tis Eventide mixed with I know that my Redeemer lives. I sang it a cappella and the room was silent. All the children were quiet and the spirit was so strong. I felt bad though because after three of us spoke and I sang my song there was only time for one more speaker. So sister Damato gets to wait for
another time to speak.
Well that's it for the week another week down and three more to go I'm so grateful for this wonderful opportunity that I have to be a representative of my Savior Jesus Christ. There will truly never be another time like this in my life where I get to
be set apart from the world and the things of the world I truly am savoring every moment I have left. I hope you all have a great week and a safe week
love, Sister Forsey
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIMMI!!! :D