This week I have been thinking about something a lot! The Lord has called some very intelligent people to the country of Poland, and I personally am not convinced that it is because He knew that we'd be able to speak the language well. I truly believe that the Lord trusts each of us here in this country to put our heads, talents, and intellects together to think outside the box. Any old Joe can "contact" and "tract" but the ways that we do that can be tailored to be most effective if we use the talents the Lord has given us! For example, Elder Smith in our district was studying advertising in school. He understands what needs to happen to appeal the "product" to the "buyer". Of course, the product being the gospel and the buyers being new investigators is much more eternally important than a product and a buyer, but those principles that Elder Smith understands can be utilized in great ways. I feel like I have a certain talent with social skills. Putting our two talents together, and those of Sister Ellis and Elder Stumpf as well, we have come up with a couple ideas of ways that might be effective to get people to slow down and listen to our message! (I think Elder Stumpf will maybe tell you about a few of the ideas and run them by you before we do them.) But It just made me realize, that I specifically am here because I have something to offer.
Another miraculous story. We were walking along the sidewalk leaving a meeting when we decided to turn around and go see if a former still lived at the address that was written. By doing so, we ran into a mother and her son. The woman's sister was baptized into the church 10 years ago and now lives in England! We were shocked! We spoke with this woman for a few minutes and exchanged phone numbers and are going to call her when she comes back from vacation. But it was just amazing that the smallest little thought allowed us to run into this amazing woman! It was truly amazing to be guided like that by the Lord.
Sister Kendall Blake