So this week has been an AMAZING week!
So this week we had what is called a zone review in our mission where our mission President comes around and speaks to all of the zones. During this zone review, he announced a mission wide period of Jubilee which is where everything goes great and everyone is able to start new. In the scriptures it talks about there being a Jubilee year every 50 years and during that year, everyone is forgiven of their debts and they see miracles happen. We saw so many miracles this past week.
So on Monday we were able to have a lesson with Joey, Justin, and Monti which went pretty well. They are some of the coolest people I have ever been able to teach. They really enjoy us coming over. Yesterday we had a lesson with them again and Joey is going out of town and said he would not be back until next Monday and so he wanted to have our next lesson then because he did not want to miss having us teach him.
Another Miracle that happened was that we were able to teach Daniel twice this week as well. He is an awesome man and is progressing towards baptism on March 26th. He is so excited to get baptized!
So one of our recent converts, Lili, called us the other night around 8:45 right before we were going to start heading home and asked us if we could come and meet her at the Vista Villages because some Christian minister was just bashing on her and she had some questions for us. So we went right over and had a lesson with her. She is such a strong person and knows that this church is true and really what she was asking us about was just, how she can respond better to them without responding in a way that is defensive. She knows the truth and she just wants them to know too. She is so great! She even invited her friend to church as we were sitting there at the table with them. I love it when members do missionary work all on their own.
We also were able to meet with this guy named Troy. So funny and awesome story, so I was going through our old potential investigator sheet and I felt like I should stop by him. So we did and he said that he had spoken to missionaries like a year ago and he had been waiting for them to stop by but every time they stopped by in the past, he was never there. He is such a cool guy that has had a lot happen in his life that has helped him grow closer to God. We will be stopping by his place next Saturday and hopefully have another lesson with him.
I am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve here and am grateful for my mission President that was inspired to have a Period of Jubilee for the next 3 weeks. I am so excited to see all of the many miracles that will happen as our mission is obedient and is able to see the hand of God in our lives. I know that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the exact same church that Christ established when he was here on the Earth and I am so grateful to be a part of it.
I hope y'all have an amazing week!!
I love and miss y'all!!
Love, Elder Rudd
Running in the rain this morning
(part of daily exercise)
Elder Rudd & Hermana Young.
Sister Young's family currently lives in Marion, NC (home of Elder Rudd's Aunt Lara).
Sister Young's family previously lived in St Cloud, FL (home of Elder Rudd's Uncle Lee).
So, her family was in the same ward as Elder Rudd's Aunt Lara & Uncle Lee.