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Two weeks ago, at our Zone Meeting we talked about how we can better SHOW the Book of Mormon to people, instead of just TELLING them about it. We did an example where a missionary knocked on someones door and started to show all the pictures in the front of the book, and explain what they mean. It was really cool! They were able to bare testimony of the Book of Mormon through the pictures and the stories that are in it. It made me look at the Book of Mormon differently then I ever have before. I never even thought that it might be good to explain to an investigator that the Book of Mormon was written at about the same time as the Bible, just on different continents!
Sister Lively and I decided we would give this a try. We tried visiting a less-active member, and they weren't home. So we tried to do the Book of Mormon door approach with the neighbor. IT WORKED! Her name is Janet and said she would read it and she was really excited about it! We were excited too! We set up a return appointment for, but when we went over she said her husband didn't want her to read it. She told us that she knew it was true anyways, and that she would sneak a read from it when he wasn't looking! We had to drop her as an investigator, but we are going to stop by every now and then to check on her reading.
We tried using this Book of Mormon door approach later that day and it worked again. Two more times! It was awesome. I have really been working on trying to be bold with people and testify what I know to to be true. One of the houses that we knocked on, belonged to a man named Christopher. I talked with him for a minute explaining that we are missionaries and what we do. I started talking about the Book of Mormon. He told us that he is Baptist and that our book isn't a part of his religion. I explained that the Book of Mormon can help anyone strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ and began showing him the pictures and testifying of them. Before I could finish he asked, "Can I get one of those books?" I gladly gave him one and he told us that he has been having a bit of a hard time lately, and that he promised he would read it! It was AMAZING. Christopher went from saying that the Book of Mormon wasn't a part of his religion, to asking to have a book for himself! It just really showed me how when you testify, it can soften peoples hearts through the power of the spirit! We are going back to visit him later this week and we couldn't be more excited!
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I had my first experience with a man who wanted to Bible Bash us. It was scary! But Sister Lively rocked it. The man used to be a youth preacher for a Baptist Church, he kept saying that he doesn't need the Book of Mormon to get into Heaven and how he has read the book but he knows it's not true. Sister Lively told him about the scripture in Ezeikiel 37 where it talks about the 'Stick of Judah and the Stick of Joseph' and how they are the Book of Mormon and the Bible. He didn't want to listen to us, but we left on good terms.
We had another lesson with our investigators Susan and Travis this week. We finished teaching them about the Plan Of Salvation. Susan was very interested when we started talking about the Degrees of Glory, and told us that is what she has believed her whole life, she didn't think that God would cast his children out to Hell. We talked more about it and Travis was really confused. He asked us if this was all just teachings from our 'Mr. Smith'. I remembered the scripture that talks about it in the Bible and I pulled it out. 1 Corinthians 15:40-41. I had him read it and then talked about how, this was in the Bible before, but Joseph Smith was able to restore these truths of the Plan Of Salvation for us today. This experience was CRAZY. I have only read that scripture maybe twice, but I know that through the power of the Holy Ghost, It was able to bring it to my remembrance. It was crazy! I didn't even feel like it was me! It just strengthens my testimony even more to know that when the spirit is with me, all I need to do is 'open my mouth and it shall be filled' -D&C 33:8
I am so grateful for all the incredible things I have been able to do and learn, I feel like every morning when we have personal study I am filled with so much knowledge! It is amazing to study the scriptures, I have never studied them like this in my life! But I love the hour in the morning we have to study on our own and sometimes I wish it was longer! I am learning so much and I have so many deep questions come to me that I study out to find the answer to. It is amazing. I LOVE being a missionary for my Heavenly Father to help bring his children to the gospel!
I LOVE YOU ALL
~Sister Kayla Marie Willis
Sister Kayla Willis
1508 Luci Mae Drive
Flatwoods, KY 41139