Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Happy Valentine's Day-Celebrated in July in Brazil
What a week! we worked our hardest. We spent most of our time running from one appointment to the next. Lots of success! On monday we had a rather special experience with a less active woman and her family. This woman has been less active for 30 years and her daughter, Renata, and grandson, Mateus, were never baptized. We received them as a referral from the ward. After the first lesson, the daughter and grandson were wanting to know more. I can't help but imagine that they were prepared for this moment. They had plenty of contact with the church and Renata has already been taught by missionaries and was almost baptized. Now she is more ready than ever. She had many doubts about the plan of salvation which were explained using the most simple of techniques. We had little pieces to form a map of the plan of salvation, the kind you use with children. It is incredible that when we teach so simply that even a child could understand, the spirit teaches the rest. Renata understood and accepted the baptismal invite for next Sunday. She was the first to show up at church this Sunday and the Relief Society received her very well. Nothing made me more happy.
Another miracle would have to be the professional magician we are teaching. That's right he's a magician. He took my watch without me even knowing after the lesson. (of course we asked for a little show). He was an ordinary contact on the street. We get talking with him and he asks where the church is. We asked if we could teach his family and him another day. He accepted and revealed that he was baptized in the church when he was 10 years old. Tha family is amazing and way interested in getting to know the church. The father/magician (Elielton) has many doubts about religion and it is obvious that he has forgotten many truths of the gospel. All of his doubts could be answered through the message of the restoration of the gospel.
I love you all. The church is true and is led by a living prophet. The book of mormon stands as its evidence.