I cant believe how fast this transfer has gone by. It really was a great week. I arrived in Salvador on Monday and my VISA got renewed without problems. Then on Thursday was the mission tour with President Claudio RM Costa. I really liked what he taught us. He is a great man. I loved his conversion story. It shows us that once we know the church is true, we shouldnt delay to get baptized. The first time he entered the church building was for his baptism! haha. I thought it was an awesome story. This week i am going to share that story with a few people including Lorena. Lorena could have been baptized this last Saturday. She passed the interview on Friday but her mom didnt sign the paper. It is complicated. She said she believes that her daughter is only going to church and participating in all the activities and choir because of us Elders. She said she wont let Lorena be baptized until Im transferred. She thinks that Lorena likes me or something and thats the reason she is interested in the church. I know that is totally false. I talked to Lorena and she said that she has already prayed and she knows that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the church is true and really wants to be baptized. She has already made lot of friends in the church and wants to be part of the church officially. So hearing that her mom wont let her be baptized was a bummer. Just after i leave. But our other investigators are doing well too, just not as close to baptism as Lorena.
Elder G. Souza is an awesome companion. He is very enthusiastic and outgoing. Its fun to work with him and teach. Nothing is happening between us that is inhibiting our work. I hope that he has learned a few things from me this transfer and will continue to apply those things in the future.
I know that the commandments that God gives us are out of love. I´ve learned that watchfulness to the commandment is happiness. If we break a commandment, its clear that we need to repent. I know that repentence isnt a burden, it´s a blessing and a privelege. We need to place our trust in God. He knows best for us. He knows that if we follow His son Christ and live his gospel we will be blessed eternally. We should never lose the desire to live the Gospel fully. Satan is an enemy of God. We cant let him to decieve us. We need to place ALL our trust in God. I know that there are tools for us to suceed in this mortal journal. God didnt leave us alone. He gave us prophets, prayer, and scriptures. I loved what Gary B. Sabin said in this last general conference about our spiritual sleeping bags. UNROLL YOUR SPIRITUAL SLEEPING BAGS! and get in them and stay in them! dont stay out of them or you will get cold and uncomfortable. It´s something simple and only requires little time, but sometimes we dont do it. BE ALL IN! read your scriptures and pray and listen to the prophet! if we do this we have nothing to fear. Fear isnt what God wants us to feel. We shouldnt fear, we just need to live right and do those small simple things that help us daily. There is no fear to have in Jesus Christ if you believe and keep the commandments. I love the little saying that Pres. Monson said, ´´choosing the harder right is better that the easier wrong. There are plenty of little things that we do in our lives that make the biggest difference. And in our mission tour that we had on Thursday with President Claudio RM Costa he outlined three things that help us and our families. Its a portuguese analogy so i will translate
N- noite familiar (family night)
O- oração familiar (family prayer)
É- estudo das escrituras familiar (study the scriptures in family)
I know that these things are true and inspired that each one of our families can do to strengthen us. Im grateful that my family has had a good habit of this. I have learned a lot from it. I love the Gospel and being a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In other words for you people who dont know what that is... I love being a MORMON!! i truly want to invite all people who havent heard about the messages that we have (especially the Restoration) to hear it! or for those who know about the ´´mormons´´ but have lots of questions and doubts to ASK! Ask your mormon friends or visit the church. or research, but research in the right places. (the church´s websites). I know that you will be blessed and enlightened. and for all of us active members I encourage us to keep studying the Book of Mormon. It must be super important, because that was one of the only things that the prophet said in general conference. I know that the book of mormon is true. I love its stories and know that they are so very applicable in our modern lives.
I love all you guys! all my family and friends! i wish you all a great week!