I’ll just share one quick story this week! We’ve been trying to help one of the women we meet come to understand the importance and the significance of the restored gospel in her life… and failing. When I first contacted her, she was only interested in coming to English class, then a few months later she finally agreed to meet us separately for our 30 minutes of English and 30 minutes of gospel program! We’ve been meeting her every week, and she likes what we teach and admittedly feels the spirit when we teach, but we can’t get her to do the most basic of fundamentals:
She won’t pray!
We’ve had about three or four lessons in a row just about prayer using all the tricks in the teaching prayer book. But, over a week ago while planning for her during our weekly planning session, I had this thought to sing “Did you think to Pray” with her in her lesson. I immediately dismissed the thought. You know, she’s older, she’s never even been to any kind of church service before, she’ll think it’s dumb, she’ll be uncomfortable… those sorts of thoughts came to mind. Then, that morning when I was going over the lesson plan with my companion, the thought came again, but again I ignored it.
You know where this story is going, right? All during the lesson, the thought kept coming, kept coming. There were even two hymnbooks waiting on the sideline calling my name. Finally, out of nowhere I say, “Let’s sing!” I turn to the right page and in Korean fashion, sing the first line and say “start.” We sing all 3 verses together, with our friend singing the best and loudest of us all! When we were done, we looked at her and I learned a new word. None of us knew how to translate it in English, but the best translation I could think of when she described it is that she was “pricked in her heart”. She said each time we sang the chorus, her eyes welled up with tears. I just wanted to shout, “hallelujah!”
And, of course, that’s when we learned that she in fact had been praying that week. WOO! AWESOME! She said that week when she was in an English conversation class, she was struggling with the same feelings of inadequacy and fear she normally did because everyone in the class is younger than her and she says they are better at English (probably not true). She remembered something I had said, that when she feels like that, she can pray… so she did! She said that she didn’t necessarily find the courage to speak up, but she did feel at peace, and strangely comfortable like she never had before in any English class.
Thank you to the hymns! And more importantly thank you to the Holy Ghost who kept bugging me with inspiration, even though I tried to ignore it. God thought it was far more important to sing that song than to honor my pride and negative thoughts about singing. We’ve sung in almost every lesson since then with all our investigators. It’s my new favorite!
Oh, how praying rests the weary!
Prayer will change the night to day.
So, when life gets dark and dreary,
Don’t forget to pray.