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!
From South Jordan Utah