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
A very tender and precious moment on my mission came as I was serving in “DeLand” of promise. This moment has been an experience that I have often reflected on as challenges arise. It has been a great source of strength for me as I recognized the spirit directing me every step of the way.
One afternoon, my companion and I were going to visit a woman who previously wanted to learn more about the Church. As we knocked and knocked on her door, we soon realized that she was not home. Before knocking on her door, we planned to knock 3 homes on either side of her if she was not there. While walking away from her door, the spirit confirmed to my companion and I that we indeed needed to follow the plans we previously set to knock on both sides of her. “There is a reason we are here in this neighborhood”, I thought.
To the right, was a home with a giant wooden cross in the front yard. As we approached, we realized a man and woman sitting on the side of their home. In the moment that I saw them, I became so nervous to approach and talk with them. Many of the lessons, “Talk to ALL of God’s children and share the GOOD NEWS” came to mind. I swallowed my fears and marched right up to them. The woman, Diane, shared with us her love for Jesus Christ. As she spoke, I saw the light of Christ in her. It was evident to me that the Lord had been preparing her to hear the gospel. He very intricately guided my companion and I to find her that day and share the glorious truth with her. She immediately accepted our invitation to learn more. Her husband, Rafael, was also very friendly and did not mind us coming back.
A special moment came when we taught Diane about the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ one evening on exchanges. My heart was pounding as we sat on the bedroom floor of a their humble home. We began teaching the Restoration and peace filled my soul as I felt the spirit guiding my words. Light shined in her eyes as we testified of the vision that Joseph Smith had. Questions that she has always had were answered.
The time came when we asked her kneel with us in prayer and ask if the things we taught were true. She courageously and humbly knelt and offered the most heart-felt prayer I have ever heard. She exemplified the meaning of praying with a sincere heart as she asked her Heavenly Father for truth. Each word she spoke came with a true desire to know if this is Christ’s church. During her prayer, I felt a glimpse of the love that the Savior has for her. I was overwhelming and comforting. More than ever before, I wanted this precious daughter to receive an answer for herself that it was right. Tears began to fall from her eyes and she received an answer from her prayer. This is true. It was a neat experience to witness the spirit reveal knowledge and truth as she hungered to know and asked in faith.
Over the next couple of months she fought to prepare herself for baptism. With many changes and diligence, she was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. What a special day that was! Over the course of her journey she continuously received a witness from the Holy Spirit. Diane learned that she could seek guidance and the Lord WILL answer. This was a very powerful experience for me to be apart of because I gained a greater testimony of the love that the Savior has for each of Us. I also came to know with a surety that the Restoration happened. During that time that we taught her, I can not deny the sweet spirit that came as we taught about Joseph Smith and his experiences. I know that this is what brings light and true happiness into people’s life. I am so grateful for the blessings I have seen.
Sister Breanna Lynn Arsenault