Monday, April 20, 2015

April 20th
Miracles have not Ceased!
Wow. It is about all I can say about the inumerous blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon us. It poured blessings all week! Probably even more than the consistent daily Georgia thunderstorms we have enjoyed (thank Heaven for the car). I don’t think we will ever truly understand how great of blessings we do receive! All I can express is my gratitude and even that I feel is not sufficient. God is good! Georgia is good too, in case you were wondering! Let’s tackle it!
I had the most delightful Southern meal this past week! We were over at the Pierce’s and by golly it was the best fried chicken that I have had! I love Southern people! Their home felt like Cracker Barrell! There are wonderful people out here, I kid you not! 
Elder Shepherd and I had the privilege of speaking with a lady who, for lack of better words, was not a fan of the church. In fact, she studied apologetics against our church for 11 Years. All we could do was testify and see our testimonies be tested! Here’s what I do know, that smiling and soft answers diffuse situations, and that the Gospel is true, or why would people go to such lengths to disprove it? 
The other day we were trying to go see a member family, their first names were Stella and Wale. I jokingly said, “We are looking for Kelly and Wale, right?” I then said we will find a lady named Kelly in this neighorhood. This family wasn’t home, the neighbor yelled at us to get of his driveway, and many doors were not opened, including the last one. Disappointed, but not discouraged, we scampered to the car, and the person who lived at this last home pulled in. We, relishing in the awkwardness, spoke with her, testified, and got a return appointment. Upon further asking, “What’s your name?” She responded, “Kelly.” God works in mysterious ways! 
We prayed this week to find a family of three. Little do we know, as we got confused with an address, by knocking on the wrong door, a lady named Monica came out. She hasn’t been going to a church and was wanting to be baptized with her two kids. The Lord works according to our faith! Ask and it will be give us! She, with Heaven’s help and the Spirit to teach, will be baptized on the 16th of May with her children! 
Our miracle this week came by way of an HQ referral! It was a lady named Beverly, who requested a bible. We contacted her within 24 hours, set the appointment, and ran by Friday Morning. She is devoted to her church and a firm believer in Jesus Christ, she feels that she is a prophet and seer. As we talked with her, we quickly found out she was after a Book of Mormon. She is thirsty for as much teaching as she can get about the Lord Jesus Christ! She was distraught why the whole Christian World is divided and why revelation has ceased. We took the time to sing “I am a Child of God” to her. The spirit was so strong as we testified that this is the true church. She then told us that just that morning, the Lord told her to, “Look for something extraordinary today.” To which she told us about our message, “This is extraordinary!” We invited her to be baptized and committed her to attend to church in the coming weeks. She will be quite the Relief Society President!! 
The greatest joy that we had this week was in the success of the missionaries! As a Zone Family, we rose from 29 Investigators with a baptismal date to 68! Elder Anderson felt inspired to put together a last minute Zone Call on Thursday to rally the troops! From there, we blasted out every person who committed to a specific date with as much enthusiasm and creativity we could muster! We are praying to baptize 88 people, one per companionship this transfer! 
That is a wrap, as usual. I am too far from Atlanta to develop my abilities to actually make my letters home a rap. Thanks for all that you do for me! Thanks for the letters and for the love! I truly wish the best for everyone this week with finals and everything! Have a blessed up week! Fight the good fight! Finish the course! Love you all so much!
Elder Dallan Barnes

He is Extraordinary.

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