Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,

During the year, 2015, we would like to share with you some of the spiritual experiences our Missionaries have had here in the Florida Orlando Mission. We look forward to you reading them and sharing in the spirit of missionary work.
We love and thank you for your prayers and support.

Our love, President and Sister Berry

My most spiritual experience was with a lady named Caren. I had been
in the area for about 7 weeks now and we had been teaching her that
entire time. She had been making great progress and was loving it all.
She had left her church and had been reading the Book of Mormon for
almost two months. She loved how it all helped her better understand
and that she could feel herself starting to become more loving and
kind. She had set a baptismal date far in the future, almost three
months away. We knew that she knew everything was true but she was
extremely nervous of making the full leap of faith.

Knowing this we made plans to have her be baptized in three weeks. We
planned our next lesson all out and then we went to see her. We always
taught her with two couples, the Boynton’s and the Mckenzie’s. We went
and taught her that day and it was a unusually long visit but the
spirit was with us every step of the way. A few simple concerns were
brought up but she was just very nervous to cut all ties with her
previous church. As the lesson came to a close we invited her to pray
about the date we had selected ,but we invited her to pray in a more
specific manner. We told her to first start her pray normally but when
she begin asking questions or for help we told her to tell God every
single one of her concerns or worries about being baptized and if she
needed to on that date. Finally, to close her prayer in the normal
manner but after she had closed we asked her to wait. To ponder and
think on her pray to see if God might answer. This was our invitation
which she agreed to. We closed the lesson feeling good about how it
had gone with high hopes she would get her answer.

A few days later we came to see her and everything was different when
we came in. Not the actual house but the feeling of the house. We
started the lesson and followed up to see if she prayed. She told us
that something amazing had happened. She followed exactly as we had
told her to pray. As she waited and listened after her prayer, then came
her answer. She told us with her eyes still closed thinking about her
prayer she saw in her mind a vision. She saw her in all white,
standing with Elder Boynton, in a big tub. One of his arms was to the
square and with his other hand was holding her wrist. This is what she
saw. The next thing she said was ” I know I need to baptized on that
day!” It was an amazing experience to hear that story and for her to
know that it was right!

I’m very grateful for that wonderful experience with her. It will
always be a memory I hold close to my heart!

Elder Peacock

From South Jordan Utah

Dear Family and Friends of the Florida Orlando Mission,

During the year, 2015, we would like to share with you some of the spiritual experiences our Missionaries have had here in the Florida Orlando Mission. We look forward to you reading them and sharing in the spirit of missionary work.
We love and thank you for your prayers and support.

Our love, President and Sister Berry

IMG_0360Elder Dalmas from Boise, Idaho.
Serving in the Daytona Beach Ward.

One day we got a media referral from a woman named Jackie McFayden. We
called her to confirm if she had requested a Book of Mormon on
Mormon.org. She said she did and asked us to come drop it off. As we
knocked on her door, she told us about how her Son and his family were
going to be baptized in the LDS faith. She wanted to know what her son
was getting into. As she asked others about this faith she had
received a lot of negative things and wanted to know if they were
true. We explained to Jackie that we could tell her everything she
needs to know about what we believe, but it all started with reading
the Book of Mormon. We invited her to read it and we would come back
and answer questions she may have. She accepted our invitation and
when we went back the next day she had already read at least 20
chapters! She couldn’t put the Book of Mormon down! She told us that
every time she read, she just wanted to keep reading to know what
happens next.
We told her about a “Why I Believe” fireside that was being held in
Cocoa. There was a man named Elder Kopishke would be there to explain
why we believe what we do. Jackie agreed to go and with the wonderful
help of the members, we drove down to Cocoa. This fireside helped
Jackie understand just how passionate we are about the gospel of Jesus
Christ and how it has helped individual and family life. She felt the
spirit so strong and she had a big smile on her face. As she drove
back she asked us about the Atonement and she didn’t understand why
Jesus Christ had to make this great sacrifice. As we explained this to
her and used comparisons to the atonement, she understood why Heavenly
Father sent his son for the first time in her 80 years of life.
As we continued to teach Jackie, her soul hungered to find answers to
questions that she had had for long periods of time. As her questions
were answered more questions arose. As she pondered, meditated, and
applied passages from the Book of Mormon into her life, she started to
to have peace, understanding, and direction.
We asked Jackie to be baptized and she told us that she was not
looking to join another religion at this time because she was happy
with the religion she was in. As she continued to study the Book of
Mormon, the spirit told her that this Book was true and that she
couldn’t resist the promptings of following the answers being
revealed.
We entered her home and she had a big grin on her face. She said,
“Elders, I have been reading the Book of Mormon and praying about if
this book is true. As I went to go to my other church words came to my
head that I need to stop being a hypocrite. I know that I need to be
baptized by the proper priesthood authority of God. I know that the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church.”
Our hearts were filled with joy as we could see the light that Jackie
had as she applied the gospel into her life. She never told her son
that she had been meeting with us. She called him and told him that
she was getting baptized and he was so excited to hear that.
Jackie continued to grow each day. We took her on a temple tour and
she asked to use the bathroom. As she walked into the temple she said,
“It took her breath away.”
Her son, Bill, and his family were baptized in April. Bill then
received the Aaronic Priesthood.
A week later, on May 3rd, 2015, Bill and his family flew into Daytona
Beach. Bill, being a newly ordained priesthood holder was able to
baptize his Mother. A moment that I will keep dear to my heart.
Jackie received the Gift of the Holy Ghost a week later and was
confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
As she continues to learn and grow, we had the opportunity to do her
family history work.
She found her dad already had some work done and was able to see and
learn about family she didn’t even know she had. As we printed out her
Dad, Mom, and Son’s names to do Baptism’s for the dead, the spirit of
Elija filled the room.
This gospel has brought peace, happiness, and joy not only into my
life, but into Jackie’s life.
She continues to grow each and every day and she said to me, “I wish I
would have found this gospel years ago.”
She is such an amazing individual. I was honored to be apart of this
amazing experience that Jackie has had to find the Restoration of the
Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A gospel that brings light and truth, sealing and uniting families for
time and eternity.
I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God because I have seen a lot
of good come from the words that were written by inspired Men of our
Heavenly Father. The Book of Mormon has changed my life for the better
and I continue to see it help and unite friends and family each and
everyday. I am grateful for people like Jackie, who have strengthened
my testimony and who push me to want to do my best as we help all come
unto the fold.
Elder Dalmas