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

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

 

┬íHola a todos! I’m Hermana Jewel Marsh from Joseph, UT.

The first time I met John Vega was at a member’s home. Hermano Mejia was having a big group of friends over for dinner, and he insisted that the missionaries be there to teach, so over we went. That night we taught a varied group of active members, less-active members and non-members. We taught them about the restoration of the Gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith, testifying of the Book of Mormon and the divinity of this work. At the end we invited John to learn more, and he accepted.

Over the next six weeks, we taught John the Gospel. Hermano Mejia was there every step of the way. He opened up his home so that we could teach there and came with us when we went to teach at John’s home. He was there to answer John’s questions between lessons, calm fears as they arose, and testify of truth. One of the happiest lessons I remember was when John accepted a baptismal date, and Hermano Mejia was right there to share in that pivotal moment.

The day of John’s baptism arrived and standing in the font, right by his side, was Hermano Mejia. After the ordinance, there was an opportunity to bear testimonies, and Hermano Mejia stood up and bore a very heartfelt testimony about the truthfulness of the Gospel and the wonderful step that John had just taken. The Spirit was so strong!

A week later, Hermano John Vega was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and given the gift of the Holy Ghost. That was one of the most spiritual moments of my whole mission. While listening to the blessing, I received a powerful witness from the Spirit that I was exactly where I needed to be and that I was doing exactly what I should be doing. I knew that Heavenly Father was there, taking in the scene, and that He was very pleased. It was a moment I will never forget. And it all came about because a member of the church reached out to a friend and offered him the Gospel.

The power of member missionary work is real. I saw it change the life of a searching soul, and I also saw it change the life of the member who reached out to rescue. It changed my life as well, and I know, without a doubt, that more lives will be changed from it in the future. “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God…. And if it so be that you should labor all your days… and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father” (Doctrine & Covenants 18:10, 15).

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

 

Hello I am Elder Tucker and am from Salt Lake City!

I am grateful for the opportunity I have to share with you an
experience I had with some of the greatest People I have met on my
mission! I will share with you briefly the conversion story of the
Lopez family. A family of 9 that I love so much and have changed my
life, and testimony forever! The Lopez family is a very lively bunch!
We loved going over to their house and spending time with them and
discussing the gospel! They were coming from various religious
backgrounds which caused them to have lots of questions about specific
topics that we discussed! All of our lessons with them were very
exciting, and we developed a very strong bond with them! It felt like
we were family!

Before heading over to their home to teach, we would always discuss
what do we need to teach them now? What is going to help them progress
in the gospel? Each time we felt like we were preparing lessons that
were directly to their needs and concerns. Visit after visit, laugh
after laugh, lesson after lesson, question after question, answer
after answer, testimony after testimony, experience after experience
something was just not clicking! We were puzzled. They were coming to
Church and enjoying very much. But we knew we needed something to get
them to take the next step, and enter the waters of baptism! One day
it hit us, we need to put more of an emphasis on The Book of Mormon
and so we did! Our next few visits the lessons were not as lively or
entertaining but the Spirit was there as we read chapters from The
Book of Mormon. No magical experience took place but slowly they were
gaining their own testimonies. A few weeks following, the Father and
two of his girls decided to take the leap of Faith and be baptized! It
was an amazing experience! A few weeks following that we were able to
watch the recently baptized Father, baptize his wife and son! Then a
few months following, the son who was 7 at the time had turned eight
and entered the waters of baptism along with one of his older sisters!
It was a joyful experience to see the difference that the gospel
brought into the Lopez family’s life! In the words of Brother David
Lopez himself (The Father) he said, “The Book of Mormon really opened
up our hearts and brought our faith back. After all we went thru at
other places we finally found the true church!” The Lopez’s are
currently serving in the scouting program along with other service
they are apart of! They are working towards going to the Temple and
being sealed as a family for all time and eternity! I love them so
much and will be forever grateful for the Impact they have had on my
life! I know there is power and truth that comes from The Book of
Mormon! It truly is the keystone of our religion! I know that no
matter someone’s age, race, concerns, background, trials, or overall
life that it can be the key that unlocks every conversion! I leave
that with you in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Elder Tucker

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

 

I’m Hermana Jackson from Provo Utah.
I had just gotten to a new area and we were weekly planning. As we were seeking more people with whom we could share the restored gospel, I mentioned the idea of going through the list of former investigators. My companion had been in this newer area for a while and had been through the short list of “formers” many times. Toward the top of the list, I still remember quite vividly the name “Denise Brown” popping out at me.
It turns out we came at a pivotal moment for Denise. She had been struggling to decide if fully embracing Judaism after a long journey of searching was what would finally feel like home. In the beginning she often shared with us a feeling of being a square peg trying to fit in a round hole. She had even met with missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 11 years ago, but it had ended unpleasantly. After this Denise had thought her name would be crossed out with a bold red “x” in our records. Although that wasn’t the case, we were glad to at least have her address. It was a blessing that her sister and brother-in-law were members of the church and happened to be in the process of moving to an area close by. They became a huge part of Sister Brown’s conversion!
The real turning point was when she attended church! Denise recounts, “I felt the spirit immediately as I walked into the chapel and my decision was made.” The following Sunday my companion and I were worried as she had to stay home due to some health concerns. We stopped by later that evening and when the door opened a peaceful spirit hit me! I recognized the Mormon Tabernacle Choir playing while she explained that she had been listening to General Conference all day! I will never forget how her home lit up that night and how excited and changed she seemed to be. I received a confirmation of how special it is that we have a living prophet and apostles chosen by God of whom we are privileged to hear from often! When we do listen it brings a spirit so tangible and sweet.
Denise Brown was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in December and continues to be excited about her new journey. In fact, she recently bought her temple dress so she has something to remind her daily of the real goal! What JOY this gospel brings! As Sister Brown says, “it FILLS me”.

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

 

Florida, Orlando. Home to sunshine, theme parks, the sand and surf, and so much more! Most people never would suspect just 45 minutes North East is one of the Nation’s smallest cities, Lake Helen. This city does not contain a single traffic light. It is also home to central Florida’s only horse arena. Being so quaint it is the perfect setting for the Holy Spirit to be felt and followed. I met a family of five in this small town who made the move from the state of Illinois last spring. God prepared this family to receive the gospel. The wife was open and immediately accepted the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. She was baptized a couple of weeks after their move and the landlord invited them to church for the first time. When I met this family, the husband was still learning and overcoming the obstacles in his path. They invited my companion and I over for their youngest son’s birthday party. At the party, of course chaos reigned with kids running through the home and people crowded everywhere. The dad started serving pizza and unprompted by anything noticeable to anyone else, he all of a sudden stopped and loudly announced to the chaos and fun “We need to have a prayer.” Immediately people quieted, gathered the kids, and bowed their heads. The Dad shocked a little by the response then bowed his head. He looked around, glanced over at my companion and I as we sat with smiles on our bowed faces, and offered a heartfelt blessing. Chaos immediately erupted following the prayer. The dad stopping his actions to offer a blessing on the food and to give thanks was a testimony builder to all in attendance at the party that this family is taking the small steps needed to change and have their family come closer to Christ. They are developing the habits of a Christ centered home. Almost all in attendance at the party were not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know they noticed the dad unprompted by anyone who could be seen. I know they noticed the difference in him and his family as they learned and accepted the truths of the restored gospel. In early fall, he overcame the obstacles he faced and was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (This experience is shared by Sister Daphne Lynch from Kearns, Utah)
Sister Lynch and Hermana Fisi