Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Answer to prayer - April 3, 2017 - Apple Valley

 My dear sweet mommy mom, 

Yay!! That's so cool you prayed to find my retainer and I'm so glad you found it! The power of prayer is so real! I'm sorry I forgot to bring it and by the time I realized I didn't bring it I totally forgot where I had left it. Thank you for finding it! 

Oh, mom please know how much I love your emails!! Forget what I said a bit ago. I think I was just feeling really needy and worried about my sweet family. I'm doing much better! But any little things that you tell me in your emails make me happy cause I get to hear from my beloved mom! I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH and pray for you DAILY!!

The pictures of the cemetery are beautiful! I love my awesome family!! Who took the pictures?

Is grandma doing okay? I pray that she is progressing and gaining back her strength. I have been feeling really worried about her the past couple of days. She is so special and I love her so much!! How did Ben and Lindsay like London???

So, update on this week! To be honest it was a VERY slow week. Not much happened. Sister Tate and I are doing our best to get back in the groove of things. So much has been going on and we are simply drained! Emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually! Let me just say that conference came right in time!!!!!!

Our investigators at the moment are all just kind of floating there. It's so frustrating!! We just want the best for them and we know how much potential they have so it is so aggravating to see them not progress! All we can do is keep on guiding them along the straight and narrow path, keep praying for them, studying for their needs and be PATIENT!! I prayed for patience not too long ago and Heavenly Father is definitely helping me with that! 

So not much else happened except this experience that I am going to share with you! Oh my gosh it was amazing. Okay, so yesterday morning when I was having my daily, lovely conversion with my dear Heavenly Father, some questions came to my head. Quick rewind of a little bit of last week, many things that several people said to me throughout the week negatively impacted my spirit. I was feeling kind of scared and to be honest I was wondering if I really was a missionary for the "true" church on earth. I had always believed that the church was true, but I had never formally asked our Father in Heaven if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was indeed true on earth today. I hadn't directly received that confirmation from Him and if I have in the past I had forgotten. This was terrifying me because deep down I knew that this was Satan trying to make me doubt my faith in my most vulnerable state. So back to my prayer. I laid down a lot of questions for Him, making sure I was asking sincerely, with real intent and having full faith that He would in fact answer my questions. I waited for a moment. Then I received a response. The still small voice very gently told me to fast. In that moment, I had complete faith in God that he was asking me to fast to show Him that I was willing to making an effort to seek answers to my questions and align my will with His. Fast forward to the Sunday morning session of General Conference. The first speaker was our beloved prophet Thomas S. Monson! His talk was so perfect. 2 minutes or however long his talk was all he needed to say to answer every single question I had. I couldn't hold back my tears. I knew with full confidence that the church was true!!! There is not a single doubt in my heart that President Monson is a called prophet of God. I love the Gospel!!! I have a firm testimony of the power that comes with true and sincere fasting! God wants to answer our prayers! We just have to be willing to align our will with His and come before Him with broken heart and a contrite spirit as the scriptures say. I love this work! I love my Father in Heaven and His perfect son Jesus Christ! 

Remember how much I love and miss you! And how grateful I am to have such a wonderful mom to set such and amazing example for me! I love you tons!!

God be with you till we meet again. 

Much love,
Sister Allred


John David Allred

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