A year ago in a tiny tiny little town called Clarkfork, Idaho, two missionaries knocked on a door, just like missionaries do. They talked to a young man named Ben, who truly embraced the gospel wholeheartedly, as the missionaries taught him, his mother, father and wife all eventually joined in. They were baptized and immediately started sharing the gospel with their family members. Ben's mother, Sandra, referred her own mother on Mormon.org several times, with no response. She continued trying until finally the missionaries were able to make contact with her mother, Carolyn.
Carolyn had some reservations, she wanted to know, for 100% positive, that the church was true before she ever even went. The thing about that is, if you don't go to a church, you can never know it's true!
Over the course of the 8 months she was being taught, she went to church only once. Eventually, the third set of missionaries who taught her lost contact with her and decided it would be better to wait for a few months for her to be more prepared.
That's where Sister Pluim and I came in. We started teaching Carolyn again and she came to church almost every week since we started teaching her. Her heart changed and she was ready to listen. We had about a billion lessons on the Word of Wisdom and Carolyn really changed her view of smoking (which she has done for 60 years) and Coffee (which she has had many times daily for 65 years).
The most amazing part about this story is that her grandson, Ben, who listened to the missionaries a year ago, was able to come out from Idaho to baptize her. One of the first points in the first lesson is "The Gospel Blesses Families," how true that is, the gospel blesses families so much!
I love the gospel and I love seeing how it can change lives. What an amazing blessing it is to know that through our Savior, Jesus Christ, we can be with our families forever.
All my love,
Sister Megan Monson