This week has flown by! I forgot to write last week about the Inter-Faith Fair we got to attend! It was so awesome we were asked to represent the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At first I was petrified. I thought about having to sit in front of a group of college students and professors and have them criticizing my beliefs. But, as I sat there scared out of my mind I remembered the words, “Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee.” And I just felt peace that I knew the Lord would be with me every step of the way. When we got there, there were a bunch of tables set up for all the different religions. We actually had the opportunity to go around and talk with some of the other religions and they were so kind! Even though we all had different beliefs we were able to just be around each other and share! I really did love hearing from the others! There were members from the Greek Orthodox, Christ Church, Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Islam, Lutheran, Native American, and Bahai! It was just such a cool experience! It was awesome just getting to know God’s children, I loved the Hindus, Catholic Nun, and a Jewish woman, because they were all just so sweet and humble! In fact the nun even came up to us missionaries and said how much she loves us and respects us, she said her son converted to the church and is now serving in Portugal! It was so cool!
This week has been so good. Satuday we went to a Primary baptism for a member family in our ward. The spirit there was so strong, The dad (Bro Harris) of the boy getting baptized is actually a convert of like 8 years ago. It was so great seeing him being able to baptize his son and bring him to that same happiness he has received. While they were changing, his wife asked us to come and sing ‘A Child’s Prayer’, us and the sisters happily agreed! As we sang I thought about the words of the song, and how when we ask humbly and sincerely for the Lord, we are able to feel his love. Later that night, we had a lesson with our new investigator Amiee. We were supposed to go with Bishop, but he cancelled at the last minute and we weren’t too sure what to do, because Amiee is so awesome and we needed another male! So we asked Bro Harris and he came!We began to teach Amiee about the restoration but as we did so, we felt impressed to ask her more questions. As we did so, Amiee spoke about how she doesn’t know if there really is a God, but she wants to know. Bro Harris bore his testimony of how he came to learn of this truth, he was in the Army and his friend shared with him and challenged him to pray. One day he did and as he did so, he said he could just feel the presence that he was not alone. He could feel something greater than anything this world has to offer. As he bore this powerful testimony, Amiee began to cry and said how much she longed to feel that she was not alone and to have a relationship with her Heavenly Father. She is recently divorced, is in a wheelchair from a car accident, and has just felt so lonely. She has been sincerely searching to grow closer to her Heavenly Father. I was reminded of the primary song we had sang only a few hours before, “Heavenly Father are you really there? And do you hear and answer every child’s prayer?” I could see that Amiee had this exact sincere question to know, and as we testified to her that if she continued to search the scriptures and pray sincerely that she would be able to receive that peace and comfort in her own life.
This week has been a week of growing experiences! And I am so grateful for the mountains the Lord has put in my path for me to climb and become stronger! I am so glad to be here and will truly miss the wonderful people of Pittsburgh!!!
Elder Justin Lototoa Wilson