Everything in missionary work nowadays is all about working with members. If the prophet said it, I know it's important so I've been working really hard to have good experiences with our members and finding people. Our efforts this week are really paying off! All 4 of our solid investigators have close contact and friendships with members! One man named João is neighbors with a family in our Branch. He lives with his sister in a bairro far from us. After lunch one day we taught him and his sister. Thanks to our member, the sister already knew a lot about the church and during the lesson everyone was teaching each other. It was a really awesome experience. Before we could even invite him he said, "I would like to come to church on sunday". I thought, Freak! I love working with members! Our very own investigator invited himself to church! He was there and he really liked it. We are going to walk to his house wednesday morning to teach more and mark a baptismal date. His house is far away, but I can't help but think it will be worth it. Really, it's an act of faith...and a good workout. :)
|Hayley and Sister Acevedo|
Finally this week, we were teaching a friend of our recent convert Simone. Her friend's name is Loraina. At first, Loraina didn't want to be taught because our church was too far away, but we continued. Monday last week we had just left the home of an ex-investigator and I was feeling a bit frustrated and really discouraged because he decided over night that he didn't want to be baptized. After that lesson we taught Loraina. It was rough! She wasn't understanding us very well, but she was paying real close attention. She especially liked the part of the Plan of Salvation when we explain the Celestial Kingdom. After reading the little part of the pamphlet I asked, "Where would you like to live one day?" And of course she replied the celestial kingdom! I told her that was a place we can go through baptism and invited her to be baptized. She was still hesitant to accept the invitation so we asked her to pray and asked Heavenly Father. About 15 seconds into the prayer she stopped. At first I thought she was embarrassed or forgot how to pray, but then she looked at me and her eyes were full of tears. Then I felt it too. The most powerful presence of the Spirit I have felt on my mission so far and I could not stop myself from crying. After the prayer we explain the feeling and invited her to be baptized again. She accepted! The only sad part of this story is we havent been able to talk to her since. Everyone else has been talking for her and so we are really hoping we can talk with her this week.
I have so much more to write about this week!!!! And so little time. I want you all to know that I know these things are true. I have seen miracles this week. I'm seeing miracles with members! I'm feeling the Spirit giving me the support to do this work and I cannot deny that this is the work of the Lord.
I want to leave you with a funny scripture I found this morning during my personal study. In Luke 10:8 Christ is talking to His seventies about how they should go about preaching in various cities and I thought this verse was funny:
8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you
Christ commanded that His missionaries need to eat all the food set before them! It's in the New Testament. I promise you that I'm doing that too. One day this week we ate 3 lunches due to some confusion with our lunch calendar. I wanted to cry I was so FULL! But at least the food is super good. Anyways, on that note, have a Happy Thanksgiving! Even though I won't have thanksgiving this year, I can promise you that I will be eating just as much if not more here in Brazil. Love ya'll!