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
¡Hola 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).