He is resurrected!
Hello World! Happy April Fool’s Day!
Yesterday was Easter Sunday! It was pretty cool and really low key. We had beef stroganoff for Lunch here and then received GIANT CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS! Chocolate rocks! I will quote a talk from the Sunday sacrament service yesterday. Claudio who is the second counselor of the bishopric here said “Christ paid the ultimate price for our sins so that we can remember him with Chocolate.” yup, true doctrine! Once again Chocolate ROCKS!
Anyway as far as Brazilian traditions, we didn’t get to see a lot. A lot of Brazilian Easter traditions involve plays that a lot of people do to show the life and death and resurrection of Christ. We didn’t get to see any because we hit the street this week and were working with an investigator for his baptism this last Saturday. Bruno is 22 years old and his ex-girlfriend is a returned missionary of the Church. We received the reference to go there and start teaching him and his family. The lessons have been great. The entire family was progressing so well! But Friday night a pastor from a family member’s church paid them a visit and hurled a whole lot of garbage against the church! That AND Bruno’s girlfriend had broken up with him the same day!
Saturday as we were waiting for them to arrive to the baptism we had no idea why they were late. But when they arrived, I could tell that something was different. The mom talked using a lot of words like “YOUR church” and seemed very uncomfortable to be in the building. I was scratching my head trying to figure out what had happened and so I asked Bruno and he told us everything that had happened. But he said “I know this is the right thing, isn’t it?” Bruno’s faith strengthened mine.
I thought a lot this week about the 2 disciples that were walking sadly home from Jerusalem after the death of Christ. After they had talked a while and gloom had taken a hold of them, the Savior (at this point unrecognized by the disciples) joined them and accompanied them on their way home. It wasn’t until after the long walk and a prayer from the Savior that “their eyes were opened, and they knew him.”
As we walk in life, often saddened by the events of our day to day living, we deny the fact that the Savior has walked with us and will continue to do so. Like these disciples we can be comforted with the knowledge of the Risen Lord and his infinite Love!
Have a Great WEEK!
Elder Topper Yost