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Monday, 30 June 2014

MIRACLES in Huntington

This week truely has been a week of MIRACLES!!! You know how we were planning on a baptism and we didn't know who it would be. Well turns out we had stake conference this weekend and there really was no way really that we could have one confirmation this week cause they encourage us to have the confirmation in sacrament meeting. But Heavenly Father showed his tender mercies this week not only for us but for John as well.

I know I have spoken a bit about John and Wow I really did not expect this to happen. So when we went back on tuesday we asked him how he was doing and he said REALLLY not good, but he needed our help. he asked us to get his will out of his trauck cause he needed to make some changes... Well he later told us he had a heart attak that morning. John is currently suffering from heart failure and has had some mini heart attacks in the past. But this he said has been the worst. He really thought he was going to die. But he said he kept on breathing and taking in easy and he some how survived it. We then got speaking a bit more about the plan of salvation. And spoke about how THIS is the life for men to prepare to meet God (Alma 34:32) and ususally I am not too bold but I felt impressed to share the next verse too which says that we should not procrastinate the day of repentance. I know that John has a few regrets and wants to be clean of those things and so we invited him to repent and also be baptised on either friday or saturday. And HE AGREED!!! it was so powerful. He had also been struggling with coffee as one of his vices and he knew that he would need to give it up forever to do this but he accepted and so we set up a time to have our district leader to come and interview him. We knew it was stake conference and we also knew that he is fearful for his life. I know that God knew what needed to happen for John to finally take this step. He is very worried about his health and so we called our mission president to get permission to do the confirmation at the same time because of his health. So he sent President Clark (counselor ing the mission presidency to accompany our DL to the interview). We made sure we visited john everyday to 1. make sure he was still alive, and 2. to make sure he was still ready for this. I really did see a few changes in him up to this point. It was really amazing to see.

Saturday we had the baptism and since Our DL still needed to do the paperwork we asked him if he and his companion would do the baptism (cause John was worried that he would not come up out of the water.) And they were both ready to help!! I am so grateful for them! they are great! 

I am so grateful to be a part of this mans life! Later on saturday we went to check on John, and WOW he was HAPPY and joking around with us and looked like a different person. his countenance truely changed. He looked like he could live another 7 years. At least! haha but we really don't know those things. We were also able to get one of his first friends in huntington to his baptism who is a very inactive member, but he was real pround of John. We truely did have our faith tested this transfer and we have been able to see miracles as we put our faith to action. And I know that this would not have happend if Both Sister Phagwah and I had not taught him.

Otherwise we still had a good time this week we went out to the wedge on monday with a family we are teaching and her kids are just to funnest! lol. 

We also had a good stake conference with Elder Kevin Worthen of the Seventy. And we had 2 surprise speakers on saturday night - our mission president and his wife. Haha - well it was a surprise to us. It was good though. I wish you all could have been there!!! There is so much that I learned and want to share!!! Main theme that I think stood out to me was that we need to be diciples of Christ 3 Nephi 5:13. Another thing is in 2 Ne 2:25 we learn that our purpose in life is to have Joy. But it is actually a commandment. and we also learn in 1Ne 3:7 that the Lord will provide a way so we can accomplish the above mentioned commandment.
I love This gospel and one way we can be happy and joyful is if we use the atonement and SHARE it! 

We have transfer calls on Saturday Wish me luck!!

And also we have 4th of July this friday... I am preparing myself for a culture shock. But I am prepared with the perfect outfit!

Hope y'all have a great week!

All My Best,

Sister Karen Hollander
St. George, Utah Mission
107S. 1470E. Suite 304
St. George Utah 84790
United States

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