Monday, January 6, 2014

Service is such a wonderful thing!

So this week was pretty good, we tracted a lot it seemed but we met a wonderful lady! So we start tracting this street and nothing to promising, and id was close to dinner and it would have seen so easy to just stop and drive to dinner and be on time, but I had a thought "just one more" so I turned to may comp and said "lets knock this last door and then we will leave for dinner" so we did and I am so glad we did. 
We met Michelle and when she opened the door she was surprised to see us, because , she later told us that he dad had passed about six months earlier and then one of her clients that she does home care for passed just recently too, and it has really been hard on her and she has been struggling! She said that she was just praying for a message of peace and then we knocked on her door. we told her about the book of mormon and she became excited and said that she would love to read it but she didn't have money to buy it from us. she became even more excited when we told her that it was free. she opened the storm door and said well then ill take it thank you so much! 
I was so glad that we followed that prompting, we were a little late to dinner, but that is not nearly as important as us being able to be the means by which heavenly father reached out to a beloved daughter to show her that he is mindful of her needs and that he cares! it was so wonderful to be there! 
Then later last week we got a call from the sisters in the Johns Creek ward where i was last serving. and they said that a family from that ward had a service opportunity for us. their daughters mother in law who lives in lawrenceville was getting ready to go through chemo and she needed to have some help disinfecting everything... so we coordinated with the family and were able to meet them and help this wonderful woman. She isn't a member of the church, but when she called to talk to sister beckstrand in form the ward, she said, i know im not a member of your church, but i have seen the way that yall help eachother out and i was wondering if you would be able to find someone to help me... sister beckstrand immediately thought of the missionaries! 
So after we helped her out on Saturday evening i asked if we could share a message... she agreed and so i read mosiah 18:8-10 and talked about how when we as members are baptized we covenant to serve our fellow men and that we take this covenant very seriously and then i thanked her for allowing us an opportunity to serve! and she began to cry and then she said, im not even a member of your church, but you still came to help me. she was so grateful for our help. it felt so good to be there helping her. I just love that God is no respecter of persons. Just because she isn't a member of our church doesn't mean that god loves her any less, and isn't willing to help her. He loves all his children and wants to help them any way that he can. I am so grateful for the service that i was able to offer, and for the opportunity i had to keep my covenant to serve those in need. this wonderful woman really did me a favor, by being humble enough to ask for help! what a wonderful thing!
Well family, i hop that yall are having a good week and that yall are still in the book of mormon with me! 
I love yall 

Sister Dannika Nielsen

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