This week, I saw how it is that a few simple testimonies could really make a difference in somebody. In the second visit that we had with a young, single mother named Helen, we somehow managed to bring 3 different young adult members with us to the lesson (normally, we are extatic if 1 member goes with us) which was especially suprising because it´s cold here right now, and when it´s cold, the people here don´t leave their houses, sometimes not even to go to work or school. These 3 valliant members walked about 10 blocks with us, and 2 of them completly soaked their shoes and feet in cold puddles of muddy rainwater.
We arrived at the appointment, and asked Helen if she had prayed to know if our message is true or not. She started to tell us that she didn´t pray nor did she intend to do so, because she was catholic and had every inention of being Catholic the rest of her life because she was raised catholic and was rather content with catholicism. She told us that she was only listening to us because a good friend of hers had asked her to listen and that she thought that many of the things we taught were wierd and against her upbringing.
We decided to make use of the 3 members that were with us, as well as the other 2 members that rent a couple of rooms in the same house as Helen and had given us the referral to teach Helen. We asked them to share their testimonies because 4 of the 5 were converts in the church and 2 of the 5 were returned missionaries. They shared their testimonies and we almost didn´t even talk.
"Will you pray to know if our message is true?" we asked.
"Will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptised by someone who has the priesthood authority of God?"
"Si" she replied, "because I want to have the same change in my life that they had."
"We will be having a baptismal service June 21st. Will you prepare yourself to be baptised on that day?"
At first she didn´t even want to thing about the possibility of our message being true, but thanks to a few simple testimonies from a few faithful members, she decided to accept getting baptized June 21st without the missionaries saying hardly anything.
Please share your testimony with somebody. It will make a difference.