Yesterday we found 2 families with couples that were legally married! That is such a miracle here! A lot of people don't get married here in Brazil. On the one hand they don't want to pay and on the other hand they don't have a reason to...but I'm going to give them a reason! We actually had 2 baptisms scheduled for this week and they both fell through because their mom wouldn't let them. I actually haven't even met these investigators yet because they were a referral from our zone leaders. I'm really hoping we will find them at home tonight.
Tonight we have an appointment with a 15 year old boy named João Carlo. He was a reference from a member in our Ramo. We taught him once and it was super awesome until his aunt joined in on the lesson. She liked our message, but she didnt like that we were sharing it with them. She offered the closing prayer and prayed that God would guide us to people who don't have Him already in their lives. I see where she is coming from, but people don't understand that we are here to offer MORE! I was talking about this with our district leader last night and he just told us that we need to be more bold and direct with people. They need to know that our purpose as missionaries is to help them come closer to Christ through baptism by proper authority. I guess my only fear is that I will scare them away. This morning I was reading some old notes I took during a mission conference in washington spokane that said, "Expect miracles, then go find them". I loved that. I need to expect that people will say yes! Where is my faith if I'm always nervous to hear their reply?
Isn't it the same in member missionary work? We need to expect miracles...then the action part...go FIND them! Obey promptings or "thoughts" that enter into your minds and we will be surprised to find that our Heavenly Father is more intimately involved in this work than we know. When we are doing His work, we are entitled to His help. I think that is a beautiful promise and I try and remember that all the time. Especially on the days when finding people becomes super discouraging.
I know the church is true. I know Jesus Christ is at the very head of it all directing His work. I know we are blessed when we assist in this work. I'm so grateful to be serving here. I'm grateful to be a witness of so many miracles daily. It isn't easy, but how can I expect it to be easy when it was never easy for Him. I've also strengthened my testimony this week on the importance of doing the "little things". The things our Heavenly Father asks us to do are simple and because of that we sometimes tend to slack off. Yesterday I was teaching a family that is preparing to go to the temple next year. We were talking about the importance of prayer. Personal prayer, companionship prayer, and family prayer. Even when we are doing things right, we can always be doing better. We are always in constant progression. Constant progression is what we wanted before we came to Earth anyways, right? I have a testimony that when we improve on the "little things"...the big things in life will be handled with greater strength and wisdom.
I love you all so much. Thank you for your prayers and e-mails.