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The Fourteenth

10 Jan

A year or so ago, fourteen young men, living in a refugee center, met with the missionaries in Greece.  They were taught and accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then soon after agreed to be baptized.  However, being in a refugee center, they weren’t necessarily in control of where they lived.  In fact, about a week before their baptism, all fourteen of them were transferred to different refugee centers throughout Europe.  They weren’t baptized.

Two of them went to Caen, a city in the Normandie sector of France.  There they prayed to meet the missionaries in their new home.  No sooner had they arrived when they got off the metro to find two elders standing right in front of them.  The two were baptized and are now members of the Church of Jesus Christ.  It was a miracle within the France Paris Mission.
That was nearly a year ago.
A week ago, the Brussels zone leaders were out contacting.  They stopped a man and asked him if he would be interested in learning about our church.  He was.  He gave them the location of a refugee center.  He told them to meet him there.  When the zone leaders arrived, they began teaching.  The man liked it so much that he asked them to teach everyone in the refugee center!
“How about you bring three friends this Saturday and we’ll teach them instead?” said one of the elders.
Saturday came and they arrived at the refugee center.  They met with the man they had already taught once before.  However, this time, he was accompanied by a friend.
“I know who you are,” said the friend.  “I met the missionaries in Greece.  I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet.”
One of the zone leaders knew what this meant.  He had heard the story of the two other refugees that had been baptized in Caen the year before.  After asking a few questions, he realized that this man was one of the fourteen that had been taught in Greece.  He was one of the fourteen that was supposed to be baptized.
And this is where it gets cool.
Asking more questions, they learned that this man is still in contact with the other thirteen.  It seems that all fourteen, no matter where in Europe they were sent, were found and baptized by the missionaries–save the one that had just been found.  That would make him the fourteenth.
That was two days ago.  The baptism is this Saturday.
Yesterday I met this man at church.
“The Plan of Salvation!” he said.  “I read it this morning.”
He pointed to a pamphlet he had tucked in between the pages of the Book of Mormon.
“What do you think about it?” I asked.
“It is true!” he said simply.
And the more I think about this story, the more and more I see the evidence that the Plan of Salvation is true.  The Lord knows and cares for his children.  He watches over and protects them.  He sends them where He knows they should be–whether they be missionaries, refugees or just someone walking on the street.  We are all children of a loving Heavenly Father.
What a neat experience for the zone leaders. :)
Elder Saul Marquez
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Mission

 

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