At the start of the week we got two new TRC investigators. But I'll only talk about one, his name is John. John is this old dude who has had a lot of terrible things in his life. When he was 8 he watched his dad get in a NASCAR (it wasn't nascar back then but you know what I mean) accident and die. Then later in life both his mom and wife died of breast cancer. So needless to say he's had a hard life. He told us all this by laying out a ton of laminated pictures and talking about each one. Right off the bat he had a lot of questions.
1. Is there life after death?
2. Why would God take his loved ones away
3. How do I get answers to prayer
4. Can I see my family again
In our first lesson we talked a lot about prayer and at the end challenged him to read a couple chapters in 1 Nephi. Then next day we met with him again. Not only had he read all of 1 Nephi, but he had highlighted verses he didn't quite understand. We went through a lot of those questions. By then end of the lesson the spirit was super strong. So I asked him if he would give us a closing prayer, and after he said amen if he would just sit with us in silence and pay attention to what he was feeling. He agreed and said the closing prayer. After he said amen we all sat there arms folded eyes closed for a solid minute. Then I opened my eyes and I could see John crying. Finally he spoke up and said " okay, I'm okay". He then wiped the tears from his eyes, shook our hands, and left. Needless to say it was a super big spiritual moment and a real reminder of the power of the Holy Ghost.
Our next lesson however, got even crazier. We met with John for the last time, and he had lots of questions about 2 Nephi, which of course we answered. However, near the end, when I was answering a question, he raised his hand and interrupted me. He said "Last night I had two dreams and I typed them up, so I want you (pointing at Elder Nichols) to read one of them, and I want you (pointing at Elder Swain) to read the other." I was feeling a little bummed I didn't get to read a dream but a few seconds later he pointed at me and said "and I want you to interpret the dreams"
I was super nervous haha, I thought that it would be some obscure thing where he talks to a giant snake and he has to fight of monsters or something. But in the end It was his mom and dad telling him that they had received the gospel of Jesus Christ and wanted him to be baptized and then do ordinances for his parents. We ended the lesson still in shock and told John that it was a pleasure teaching him.
Now here is the thing about TRCs. Some of the investigators are members and some aren't. All of them however, are real. All of their stories and experiences actually happened to them. So weather or not John is a member. He actually had those dreams at one point in his life, and we actually helped him feel the spirit to the point of tears. So it was a really cool experience.
After everything that happened with John nothing has seemed that cool. But I can't wait to leave for Virginia this Monday!!!
Thanks for all the letters and junk food, I've gained a solid six pounds in the MTC haha.
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