Sister Emily DeFord

Called to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Colorado Fort Collins mission.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Week 50: 7/28/14

July 28, 2014
Cheyenne, WY
Could forgetfulness be a godly quality?
Seriously, I am thinking about writing it in my Preach My Gospel in the Christlike attributes chapter, with D&C 58:42 next to it for the scripture reference. 
"Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more." (italics added)
So if God can forget things, as this verse implies, and one of the roles of the Holy Ghost is to bring all things to our remembrance, could he not also do the opposite, a "stupor of thought" if you will, to suppress our remembrance?
Remember our miraculous morning last week when we placed 4 copies of the Book of Mormon and had a couple of lessons?  Well, there was one woman who was not so happy about us knocking on her door that day.  In fact, as we told her about how the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to bless our families and asked if she was interested in that she said, "I am interested in that, but not from any Mormons!"  So we moved on from that one.
Flash forward to this week (in just a minute you will see how this all connects).  We go back to contact the potential investigators from last week, but no one is available at the time, so we think why not tract one of the buildings we skipped last week in the bit of time we about that one?  We know we have talked to someone in this building at a different time (lives where a member used to live) so we decide to simply do the doors on either end of the building.  First door, no answer, second door, answered! the same woman who flatly rejected us last week.  I had lost my voice that day, but was speechless anyway and preparing to get yelled at.  She said, "Are you those same Mormon ladies from a few days ago?  You were just here!  Here now I'll take your book.  I'll see what it is.  There must be some reason about it for you to be coming around again."  She did take the Book of Mormon I was carrying, I have no idea what we said, she closed the door and we walked away dumbfounded.
Want to know another crazy part about it?  We had the same conversation last week about tracting the end doors of the building to skip the person we had talked to in the middle.  That is how we met her the first time.  How could we not remember having that same conversation?
"But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget" (D&C 9:9 italics added).
The Lord knows His servants.  We would NOT have gone back to her house on purpose.  He also knows all His children and apparently she needed a second chance to accept the Book of Mormon.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it, forgetting can be inspired.
Finished off with Frontier Days this week, yay!  Back to normal life :)
I've got to say though Ariel, I'm not sure no voice was worth it for the legs. (Editor's Note: She has been sick and had lost her voice for several days. She's feeling better and her voice is coming back )
Love you and hope all is going well and continues to do so!
love, Sister Emily DeFord
p.s. TMFWD will be....purple!

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