Monday, April 7, 2014

Tinker Creek

The Tinker Creek apartment complex looms ominously like a giant on the fringes of Roanoke, resting casually in the crevice of a shallow mountain. The Tinker Creek apartments are Zion. The Lord has led us to many of His children who are prepared to receive His gospel - and who live in the Tinker Creek apartments. Thursday evening found us knocking doors at the Tinker Creek apartments in a very determined manner. We intended to visit some investigators and former investigators who live there, yet each of our specific knocks availed unresponsive results. We headed back to our car (which we are thankful to have once again!!) with the intent to proceed with our backup plan in another area, but we were hesitant. Sister Wahlin and I felt that the Lord needed us somewhere in the Tinker Creek apartments. We prayed, listened for the Spirit, and then set out, earnestly seeking to understand exactly where the Lord needed us at that moment. 

We knocked on two doors that did not budge. The third door swung open quickly in response to our rhythmic knock, and our flushed faces were brushed with the warm atmosphere inside. The 14 year old boy who answered the door invited us in to talk with his Mom, and we entered the house with an excited greeting from four younger children! We laughed and talked with the family over the bubbles of laughter and quick hugs from the 5 children who's ages ranged from 6-14. What a marvelous family! B______, the Mother, is a hard working, single Mom who sacrifices all that she has to provide the best life for her children. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and it's divine role as another witness of Jesus Christ. We taught them about eternal families, the Plan of Salvation and the divine role the Priesthood plays in each of theses principles. B_____ is excited to learn more and she has countless questions that are answered in the Book of Mormon. They are a great family!

 It was a marvelous experience to (once again) witness the power in the Lord's work. When we prayerfully counsel with Him in all things He leads us to exactly where we need to be. We in turn understand how to do His work His way. I know that He has been preparing Barbara and her family for a very long time, and NOW is their opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ and it's accompanied blessings. They are a testimony of the miraculous nature of the Lord. The Lord has said, "I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever" (2 Nephi 27:23). I know that God consistent in all that He does, that is why we have the Priesthood, a Prophet, families, the gospel, and especially miracles. 

I love y'all!!

~Sister Shumway 

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