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”.