Well these past few weeks we've been trying to work more with the members of the ward. We invited a member to come with us to a teaching appointment tuesday night to visit a family that is progressing but is having trouble making it to church. That appointment fell through but the member had a less active in mind that lived close by so we went to visit. It is a young woman in the ward who was baptized less than a year ago but something happened a few weeks ago that offended her and now she doesn't want anything to do with the church. We had actually gone over there earlier that day but made no progress. That night the Brother we brought helped her remember the joy she had felt at church, the friends she has there that love her and all the other reasons why she had joined the church. The next day she hung out with his daughter and came to a church activity and Sunday she came to church and was cheery as if she hadn't left. It was cool to see the good influence that truly caring friends can have within the church.
|Caldo de Cana or Sugarcane Juice|
We also had interviews with President Martins this week. I had some questions about promptings of the spirit and he taught me that the word "Constant" actually means closer to "Reliable" in the time the scriptures were translated/written so we won't necessarily have the Spirit with us always but we are promissed that when we need it we can still rely on it. That was cool.
I still love being a missionary. I think I say it every week. Even though it's hard it feels good to be on the Lord's errand. This week I read D&C 1 and it talks about how the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith is so that men don't have to trust the answers of the world, they can have God's answers through a living prophet. I like verse 26 "That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and simple unto the ends of the world." It's humbling to try to speak Portuguese and still help people with their lives and sometimes I feel week but I know that this message is of great importance so that every person in the world can rely on the Savior's guidance and not just follow the paths of the world. Love you all,