Monday, May 16, 2016

Blessings in Bessemer! -May 16th, 2016

Hey! How's everyone doing? I hope you all had a great week! 

I've had a fantastic couple of week since I've been in Bessemer! So many amazing experiences and blessings. The spirit is alive in this mission and especially in Bessemer! It a huge blessing to be here and be a part of this amazing work.

Elder Prestwich is awesome as well! He's such a fantastic missionary, and he only just came out! He has such a strong and powerful testimony and it's been amazing to be able to witness as his spirit touches people and helps them draw closer to Christ. We've been getting along very well, trying to be the best missionaries we can be, and working our hardest so that the Lord can use us to our full potential. When you see so many blessings, like we have been, it gives you so much desire to be the best you can be for the Lord so that you can be worthy of his grace and love. 

This week we had zone training, which was awesome! I also had the opportunity to go on an exchange with Elder Anderson in Jasper, Alabama! We had some awesome experiences together. I was also able to interview one of their investigators named Chase for baptism and it was such an amazing experience. It was such a blessing to be able to speak with him and hear his testimony that has developed since he's been meeting with the missionaries. To hear his conversion story and how far he's come in life to the point where he is now was a huge blessing and testimony builder. He was baptized on Saturday and I'm so happy for him and his family! And so proud of the Elders in Jasper for being such fantastic missionaries and being able to help Chase enter the waters of baptism and draw closer to Jesus Christ. 

All of our own investigators have been progressing as well! We had an amazing experience yesterday with our main family that we've been teaching. They've been trying their hardest to give up smoking to be able to fully turn to Christ and be baptized but they've been struggling. So we explained and taught them about blessings and offered them both a blessing. They both accepted and absolutely loved it. I gave a blessing to Nikki and Elder Prestwich gave one to Jeff. In both of their blessings it promised them strength to overcome their temptations and comfort to be able to make it through their trials. The spirit was very strong in the room and it was a very special experience. I'm SO very grateful for the priesthood and the immense power accompanying it. For the blessing that it has been in my life and the opportunity it gives me to help and strengthen those around me. Just another way that Heavenly Father has blessed us because He LOVES us!

Like I said, this has been an amazing couple of weeks in Bessemer and I'm so excited for this upcoming week and all it has to hold! 

I hope y'all have a great week! Love and miss each one of you! 

Ps. Here's a pic of Elder Prestwich and I for anyone who hasn't seen it already:) 

-Elder Honn

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