Sister Griffin & Sister DeBry
Sushi Celebration at our 1-year Mark
Missionaries have been working with him for years, especially since his wife died 5 years ago. When asked if he will go to church, he will straight-up tell you "no" because he is scared of the change, does not feel worthy, and other such concerns that come from being away so long.
We showed up Saturday night to follow up. We sang him the "Saturday" Primary song, which he had a good laugh at, and we told him that we expected him at church the next day at 9 AM. As we were driving away, I commented to Sister DeBry that "I don't care if we don't have a single investigator at church, so long as Brother J comes. I don't even care if H. (our solid investigator who is there every week) gets sick and can't make it".
Still a bummer no investigators came, but as I predicted, I did not even care.
Right now I am working on improving my prayers. Because you shouldn't really pray for something that is out of God's will, such as things that would take away people's agency. So I am trying to "align my will" more with God's. It talks about that in the Bible Dictionary under Prayer. This week I prayed to be able to fulfill my purpose in helping these investigators & less-actives partake of their next ordinances in the gospel. I definitely saw that prayer answered with the new development in the Tennessee family & Brother J.. So investigate your prayers, see if there is a way to change the things you are praying for so they are more in line with God's will.
And of course I learned that God listens even when you aren't praying, even when you are just expressing thoughts & wishes to your companion. I feel so blessed that Brother J came to church. Change is always possible :) We'll catch all of those MIA investigators next week.