The Spirit at the MTC is amazing and it is so great being part of such a great army! We stand in awe of these young missionaries!
We had a choice experience today in one of our
large group meetings. The returned
missionary who was conducting the meeting told a story about his girlfriend in
high school who was taking the missionary discussions and the missionaries that
were teaching her wanted to challenge her to baptism. He was not sure about that and tried to
convince them that she wasn't ready, that they should wait, as he was worried
it would ruin everything. But the
missionaries, being led by the Spirit challenged her at the end of the
lesson. She said "no". He thought to himself, "See I told you
so" and thought the chances of his girlfriend ever joining the church were
over! Then to emphasize to the senior
missionaries the need to follow through to find out concerns, the missionaries
asked what was holding her back, what her concerns were. She told them that she wanted to be baptized
but she wanted to do it with her whole family!
Terry and I started to put two and two together. This young man said that he was from the San Diego
area; that his girlfriend’s name was Brie; that her whole family joined the
Church and that one year after their baptism they were sealed in the
Temple! We knew that he spoke of the
family that our son Ryan taught and baptized while on his mission. Terry raised his hand and when called upon,
asked this returned missionary if his girlfriend's maiden name was François to
which he replied "yes" with a puzzled looked on his face. Terry said "That was our son, Elder Ryan
Fowler, who taught her." He told him
that three months after Ryan's mission, we went back with Ryan to his mission
and were invited to this family's sealing in the temple. It was a choice experience to see this story
come full circle. Jordon (the young man
conducting the meeting) was so grateful to these missionaries for their heeding
the promptings of the Spirit that set in motion the wheels that changed his
life. Jordon returned from his mission
and married Brie. They are here in Provo
and get together with Ryan from time to time.
It's a classic case of leaving your family for a little while so someone
else can be with theirs forever. Good
Job Ryan! We want to do the same!
On a personal note; I spent my 36th wedding anniversary here at the MTC with my eternal companion. It's an awesome thing knowing that!