June 8, 2015
It has been another awesome week her in Pedra Noventa! The family of Nelia (the young girl who wanted to get baptized) is really starting to get involved in the gospel. This Sunday Nelia´s mom, Janaina, came to church! It was so awesome to see her there and I could tell that she enjoyed it. In between some of the meeting Janaina was talking with one of the members and told them that she got her family together one night to have a scripture study from the Book of Mormon and that they had a family prayer! When I heard that I got so excited. Whenever people start to read the Book of Mormon with the intent to actually understand it changes began to occur in their lives. If Janaina keeps pushing her family to read and come to church it will bless their lives greatly. The only obstacle with them right now is Janaina´s husband Samuel. He is a great guy, but he is kind of indifferent about trying to learn and change with the gospel. He is just content to hear the message.
This week we also found some other peopel who are incredible! One man who´s name is Edson really seems special. We taught him the restoration yesterday and the entire time he was so attentive to what we were saying. At the end of the lesson he had some great questions and said that he would pray about the truthfulness of our message. Tonight we are going to teach him about the Book of Mormon and invite him to read. I always love teaching about the Book of Mormon because it is such a powerful tool to receive an answer about the truthfulness of our message. If the book is true, then so is our church it is that simple.
Everyday I gain a new appreciation for missionary life. There is so much to learn in this life and a mission is such a great place to do it. For two years you spend everyday thinking and working to help others. Nothing that you do as a missionary is for you, it’s all about others. And ironically, the more you focus on others the more you grow yourself. When we look to the example of Christ we can see that in his life he never made one selfish action. He was always focused on others and did everything out of love. To really be a disciple of Christ we must try to put as much of our time and attention to those people around us and as we do this we will grow and learn in a way you cannot accomplish if you focus on yourself. Always remember that as you serve others you are in the service of your God. Think about that and read Mosiah 5:13. I love you all and hope you have a great week! Fique firme!!