4/14/2014 - acting on spiritual promptings

Hey family!!

            surprise again we got a call sunday night from president blaise.  he said that elder rav was leaving for benin the next morning at 8 am.  before they had said tuesday so we had lots of plans this monday.  haha that's the mish!  it was weird saying goodbye as always.  he's in benin until wednesday then he catches a flight to madagascar.  weird.  i love the guy to death he's so funny and we worked really well together even though he was at the end of his mission.  That makes two missionaries i've finished off!  who is next?!  even though elder Gnenenon has only until mid july i don't think ill stay until he leaves.  i'm probably going to leave in our next transfer in may.  we'll see though, you never know. 

            there is a quote from president monson if i remember right its: "there is nothing sweeter that to receive a prompting and to act upon it and then to find out it was the answer to someone's prayer or someone's need."  i've felt the spirit a lot this week.  the most obvious was yesterday but i'll come back to that.  through all these experiences it has been almost a supernatural type guidance we've been receiving to help people.  

            i did a split with another area this week that is really struggling to find people.  my companion and I went on friday morning and planned with a really young apartment in our zone.  (two new missionaries and their trainers who just became senior.)   during the split i had a couple of notes of journal topics for ch 9 but we talked for awhile during study and even i learned some stuff from where the spirit led us.  

            it was the same thing for friday. we got there that morning surprising them because we didn't tell them we were coming.  and one missionary says you guys are so inspired - we need you right now.  they had had an argument and needed some stuff worked out.  the principles we talked about were coming to us from the spirit.  i feel the better i get at following spiritual promptings the more i get.  it is amazing.  

            yesterday night we went to visit this member that we recently found out lives in our secteur [area].  when we got there we were just getting to know each other and doing the whole small talk deal-io.  then i felt prompted to share the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 101:16. [Therefore, let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God.]  we read it even though it was kind of out of the blue and she said thank you. this was the answer to her prayers.  she said that her mom died last month and that she had been going through a tough time. then just this morning she calls us and asks if we can come back and do family home evening at her house.  we already had plans so we said we'll go next week. then elder gnenenon said yesteday he was super surprised when i started to share this scripture but then it turned out to answer her question and be inspired.  it has been a great week.  i feel the peace and happiness of the gospel in my life.  i feel the spirit, and i don't think that i can ask for anymore.  

i'm hoping that the picture two weeks in a row will make up for the short letter..... sorry. 
i love you all!  have a great week!! 

Elder Rybin