Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Michaela Janae Whitaker

7:45 AM (23 hours ago)

Wow, this is the last full week of my first transfer. At the beginning I thought nine weeks was going to be forever, but it has literally flown by! Time flies, when you're having fun...or doing missionary work. Just kidding, it's the same. (: I absolutely love missionary work and am so thankful for the opportunity I've had to serve these last nine weeks and I'm so glad that I have many weeks ahead!

I just wanted to share a quick story that we, as the sisters, didn't really have a big part in, but its about one of the elder's new investigators. We were tabling this week, like we always do. We actually went chalking again and Sexton Nővér and I drew out the whole plan of salvation. It was pretty epic! The elders came and we were all tabling together, well Flake Elder gave a pass-along card to this younger man who walked by. He told them that he has attended many different churches before, but didn't seem interested in the invitation to attend ours. Quickly stuffing it in his back pocket, he thanked Flake Elder and walked away.
Yesterday, while we were waiting for church to start and greeting people at the door, we see this man walking up the stairs towards us. Neither Sexton Nővér or I recognized him, nor did the Elders for that matter. We see so many people while streeting and tabling that recognizing someone's face is nearly impossible after only seeing them for a few brief seconds to a minute. Anyways, he comes in and sits down, Heilein Elder went over and started talking to him, just to get to know him, while Flake Elder went to the piano to play prelude music (Ugh, I wish I could play the piano!) I went over to introduce myself to this mysterious man, who no one knows. He was really nice and he actually started speaking English to me (Wow, my Hungarian must be really bad!!) I told him that I understand better than I speak and so he continued to talk to me in Hungarian, but he was really nice.
A little bit later, Flake Elder came over to me and said that he recognized him as the man that he talked to while tabling the other day, and we were all surprised that he came to church! It's kind of a big deal when you get investigators to come to church, as other missionaries can probably affirm. Anyways, so this guy ended up staying for all three meetings, which is more than impressive expecially for someone who we just met on the street. The real miracle was made known after church when this guy was talking to the Elders and he said "When you first gave me this card, I didn't want to come, and so I just stuck it in my back pocket, but as the week went on, I kept on thinking about that little card. It felt like God was telling me that I needed to be here and that I needed to learn something from him. I know this is where God wants me to be and whatever he wants to teach me, I am willing to learn." Talk about mind-blowing. Then it gets better when he added the part that his good friend wanted him to come over and help him with something but he told him that he had another "more important place to be." Can you talk about prepared. Wow! I thought that, that was just amazing. I can testify that God puts people in our path and he prepares those people that we talk to. It's amazing how people are just so ready to hear the gospel. It's important that we always have the bravery and courage to talk to people who we encounter, because they are ready, but they need us to extend the invitation.
That's about it for this week. I'm excited for transfers, I'm not sure if I'll be staying in Sopron, but I would really like it, if I did. The people here are exceptionally nice and great to work with, but I will go wherever the Lord wants me to go.
I hope everything is going well for all of you and I send all my love to you all.
God be with you 'til we speak again.
Whitaker Nővér

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