You know how everyone says that missionaries are protected on their missions? It is very true. I have had a few cases that have really stood out, one of which was this week. On Friday night, the ward had our monthly potluck at the stake center. We had a great time there, some investigators came, and Elder Smith got to meet a lot of the members whom we haven't had a chance to see, yet.
After the potluck ended, we had a choice. We could walk back to our apartment right now (about a 20 minute walk) or we could go and visit some members we didn't see at the potluck and hope that they give us a ride back. We decided to go visit the Willmore family. I didn't think anything of that decision. It turns out that they just forgot the potluck was tonight and they were excited to see us. After we met with them, they gave us a ride back.
A couple days later, we were at Ward Council before church started and they were talking about how there was someone who got shot by the limousine place after the ward potluck on Friday. It had all been taken care of before we got a ride home so we didn't see it. But if we had decided to walk instead of visiting the Willmore's, we would have been walking right in front of that spot when it happened. Yes. We are definitely protected.
I don't think that blessings of protection are reserved only for missionaries, though. Just think about it: How many times have you prayed to be safe while traveling or something, and you were safe? Sometimes, we don't even realize that He is watching over us. I think we all could be a little more grateful for each moment of every day. I keep hearing that Washington is getting more and more dangerous, but I haven't seen it. I know that as I do the Lord's will, He will protect me. I hope that you all have a great week! I love you all!
Elder Bretton Steiner.