“And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible . ”
So this week. We had a crazy amazing zone training. We have some INSANE goals for this last month of 2014, in efforts to fulfill our year goal of baptisms… and for our zone, we have a lot to do. But the crazy thing is, I KNOW that it is totally possible through our faith and diligence. Me and sister V left that training feeling so pumped up and ready to go. Because I know our leaders here are inspired. I have no doubt that president is in tune with His will. So we know we can accomplish these things. It is all about lifting where we stand.
With that renewed zeal for the work, this week we have been more diligent and faithful and are truly witnessing miracles. I can’t even count all the little miracles we are seeing, but it isn’t just small miracles, we are seeing massive miracles happen in this special Christmas season. A different spirit has entered Albania, and it is tangible. With this He is the Gift initiative, we are finding SO MANY PEOPLE, and it feels so good getting out there and contacting and telling everyone about their savior and the true meaning of Christmas. I love it. (I absolutely love street contacting, definitely in between talking to people I am singing Christmas songs, and I just love it)
We had one particularly massive miracle happen yesterday(Sunday), so let me preface: last week we had 0 investigators in church. It was the worst. I can’t describe how awful that feels. I felt so kote (lazy).. this week we had 4 investigators and 3 returning members, the RM’s who we totally weren’t planning on. what?! Miracles I say. However, one of these in particular was the real miracle, Elona, she is our investigator and is the wife of our first counselor. She is a gem, and in the last 2 weeks has progressed SO MUCH. She had met with missionaries before us, but not consistent and wasn’t really into it. She is changing. They now read and pray together every night and it is amazing. And they all came to church together and we had one of the most powerful testimony meeting I have experienced, where so many testimonies were geared towards how happy the members were that Elona was there and talking about baptism and eternal families.
And after church, we had one of the most spiritual lessons I have experienced on my mission thus far. It was by far the most spiritual lesson of this transfer and companionship. We taught of the Plan of Salvation or happiness, and of Eternal Families and of Temples. It was a powerful lesson, but the real power wasn’t till the end where we were talking about her baptism date. She wants it. But her family is KUNDER FARE (super against) the church or Christianity at all. They don’t even know her husband is a member. We proceeded to testify boldly of having faith before fear… and along with the testifying there was some powerful silences… in which the spirit taught far more than we ever could or would or can…. The room was absolutely saturated with the Spirit, and in that time I could feel just a portion of the love that Heavenly Father has for Elona… It is a massive amount of love. We testified of that love, and of many things. And with a loose date for her baptism but still very much more scared than faithful she offered a beautiful prayer, a prayer in which she went from being blinded by her fears to trusting in her faith, and trusting in the Lord… she asked her Father in Heaven to help her to prepare for baptism on the 27th of Dec…. she closed her prayer and looked up, her countenance completely different, she smiled and was peaceful… and told us how she was now calm and happy, that she was comforted… then with tears in her eyes, she said : you look to me as angels…. *que sister kollmen and vermunt crying…. She is now working towards the 27th with faith and hopefulness.
I love being a missionary. I love being able to have these experiences… I have never felt the spirit like that in my life. And I can’t ever explain to any of you exactly how it was… I am just so grateful to be here. So very grateful.
I love you all so much! Please #ShareTheGift and just love one another. 🙂
Love, Motra Kollmen
Ps: Sara is getting baptized on Saturday! Look forward to pictures. 🙂 Good things are happening here.