Saturday, January 9, 2010
Elder Varner went home inbetween transfers by himself on Monday, January 4th. He started school the next day! In his last letter to the mission president he says: While training a new missionary, we were asked to teah 20 lessons and we really wanted to reahc it. One day on a Saturday we were running short of our goal, so we skipped lunch and kept on working, exercising our faith that the Lord would provide. Near the end of the evening, we needed another lesson to hep us reach the goal. We were out tracting and I remember praying hard, pleading for someone to find and help. We came to a gate and I looked upt to the sky and said, "this is the last one on the street . . . please hep us." I felt the spirit comfort me. We walked up to the door and a guy came and yelled at us and told us to get off his property. As we walked back down his pathway, he yelled bakc at us, "I was just joing, please come on in." We were able to teach him the gospel and the Lord answered our prayer of faith. As we left the appointment, I was overcome by a powerful sens of love and I knew it was all because of our Heavenly Father and not ourselves. We reached our goal of 20 lessons.
Sidenote: As they did, they reached their purpose bringing many unto Jesus Christ in Duluth! HURRAH for ISRAEL!
Elder Varner talked to 6 people while checking in at the airport, 2 more while standing in line --- 8 total simply because he loves to share the gospel, as do so the missionaries in MMM!
The group picture shows the new missionaries with their trainers. They received training December 30, 2009.