This week has been one of the most miraculous weeks of my entire mission. Seriously one of the best. And here is why:
Rob and Hilary McLachlan are getting baptized on Saturday and we have had more incredible lessons with them. Last week, after our dinner, we went to a lesson to watch Meet the Mormons with them. After the film, Rob came up to Elder Roberts and I and told us that he was going to be baptized with Hilary. I don't remember if I told you, but Rob had some hesitation in being baptized. But after some thought and prayer with Hilary, he decided that he was ready and that things were going to be alright. So that was awesome! BUT THEN! Some even more amazing things happened.
Yesterday was Stake Conference for the Foothills Stake. To make matters even better, we had an Area Seventy preside over the meeting. Elder K. David Scott. So many incredible things were shared by him, and we truly did learn straight from the spirit. It was an incredible meeting. Rob and Hilary were in attendance - which really isn't a surprise in the slightest. Hilary and Rob attend everything. They are some of the most faithful members I know and they're not even members yet. But anyway, we asked Rob what he thought about the meeting, and he was so positive. That's actually an understatement. He said that many of the stories shared could have been his own personal story about coming to the church. He said that he had never heard someone speak with the power and authority that Elder Scott had displayed. So Elder Roberts and I pulled Hilary and Rob up to the front of the chapel to meet Elder Scott. As they shook hands with him, it was amazing to see Elder Scott basically confirm to them all of the truths that he had taught. Rob explained to Elder Scott that his words sealed the deal. He had no doubt that it was the true church and that it was the correct place for his family to be. He then told Elder Scott how the Lord had saved their family at a time when it was literally on the edge of destruction. He even told President Miles at the same time that he had never been more sure that this was the right path for his family.
We had a lesson with them later that night, and we asked Rob and Hilary about all of the things that they loved about church. Hilary expressed that she loved how genuine people were. She felt that church was a completely different thing everywhere else, and that she had always felt silently - or even sometimes publicly - judged by others. She noted how everyone within the congregation was so accepting and loving of her and her family.
Rob then took the floor and explained how he pretty much loved everything. He remarked again about the authority in which Elder Scott spoke. He said that he works with CEO's in the oil company and that he has never before seen a CEO inspire his team with such power. So we bore testimony of the Priesthood and how Elder Scott was saying what the Lord wanted him to say. Then Rob told us how he also loved the incredible structure and organization of the church. He talked about how he loved that people wore shirts and ties - and then said "you know, more people really ought to be doing that!". He said that he loved how the youth were so much a part of the church and that they were learning how to speak in front of people and function in society. He said he loved the Hymns - how they were reverent and respectful toward God, as opposed to the "shouting and shaking" that he observed in so many other places. He said he loved how people were constantly bearing testimony to reinforce their faith and the faith of others. How everyone was so humble, so quick to shed a tear, yet laugh and congratulate and love at the same time. How everyone built one another up and encouraged one another. That everyone felt needed and that they were a vital part of the church.
As he said these things, I truly witnessed a miracle. This man and his wife have found Jesus Christ. They have found the truth. I even recognized so many things about the church that I did not even realize were blessings. We have witnessed miracles in the lives of these people. Their entire conversion, according to logic or chance, should not and COULD NOT have happened. The Lord has brought them to Him and prepared them to hear His message. My testimony of this is adamant.
I love my Savior. I have been honored to see His hand over the past weeks with the McLachlan family. I have seen the power of the Atonement. And I am honored beyond words to have been a part of this wonderful experience.
Thanks for all of the support and love that is sent to me. I love you all!