Discerning Others’ Needs

No stingray, but this week was still fantastic!

Our investigator made us and the elders a giant Korean feast! So nice! We played a game with her granddaughter as we waited for it as you can see.


As I was studying, I read in Daniel chapter2…and Wow! was it interesting.  In it, King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream and forgets almost all of it.  It troubles him a lot so he gathers all the wise men and demands that they figure out what he dreamed about and the interpretation thereof.  Hard, right?!

All the wise men tell the king, “There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the King’s matter.”  Like seriously, how can anyone figure out what someone’s dream is and the interpretation without even a hint!  I feel for them!  Well King Nebuca-what’s-his-name gets all the wise men in the land and tells them he’s going to execute them if no one can figure it out.  A little harsh, but it happens in the Old Testament.

Daniel hears about this and goes to the king and asks for some time to figure out the dream.  With his companions (he has 3- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), he takes some time (probably studying, praying and fasting), as they call upon the mercies of God to reveal unto them the secret.

One night, Daniel is dreaming when BOOM!  He receives the same dream that King N did and the interpretation!!  He praises God then comes into the presence of the king and says:

“The secret which the kind hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers shew unto the king;
But there is a God in Heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to King Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.  Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed are these…”
   (Daniel 2:27-28):

And then he tells him exactly what he dreamed about and the interpretation thereof!!!  Ahhh!  So cool!

Anyway, there is a reason for telling you all this!  As a missionary we teach lots of people, who have lots of different concerns and questions which aren’t always voiced (just like King Neb-ster and his troubling dream).  These people want an answer (just like King Neb), but they don’t always have the courage or even want to ask what’s really in their soul. (I understand, because it’s hard to truly open up to people sometimes).

But because we want to help people and really teach them according to what they need, we strive to follow Daniel’s example, and “desire the mercies of God of heaven concerning the secret” or their unvoiced questions and needs.  Now this doesn’t mean that God reveals to us everyone’s deep dark spooky secrets or anything like that–we’re not mind readers. That’d be a little weird.  But God does give us what we need to accomplish His work.

Sometimes we feel prompted to talk about the Atonement of Jesus Christ with one person who is struggling to forgive themself for something done in the past that we had no idea about.  Sometimes we feel prompted to just share a message from the Book of Mormon on hope and we don’t know why, but we know that it’s exactly what the person needed.

One time we were teaching and we could tell our investigator was troubled about some things.  We felt like we should share a scripture and we didn’t know why.  Our investigator read it and told us, “It’s like you find the exact answer to my question, and I didn’t even tell you it.”

I know that God does speak to men still, and he inspires and gives us revelation when we live worthy to receive it.  He truly knows what people need, and what they worry about, and because He loves them, He wants to help them.  I’m so thankful that we have a loving, living Heavenly Father!

Mission Moments:

Stake Relief Society Culture night, every ward did something different.  This ward tried to represent all the countries and cultures: That’s chinese the lady is speaking at the beginning and Korean at the end.  I think it’s cool because it’s so different sounding from Korean!


(PS…our wards’ talent was hand bells!  They made the sister missionaries join them haha!  Was so fun!)


Sorry this was long! Love you! And hope you have a good week!

❤ Sister Stastny