It’s a beautiful cloudy day here in Juiz de Fora, there was a Bird that woke me up at about 5:45 this morning, I was kind of upset BUT its p-day so I forgave that little bird. Everything is better on p-day! Everything!
We went to the park again today to finish up our world cup sticker album, I got it done! FINALLY! That was fun but kind of draining, Elder Ferrin is a Trooper and he is almost done as well.
This is my first out of three remaining E-mails home. This week was awesome! We worked so hard and had so many miracles! President asked us to do splits with the Zone leaders in Barra Mansa and in Juiz de Fora. That was a lot of fun. We are exhausted and the doctor prescribed this P-day just for us!
President has been in São Paulo this whole week and that was great because we didn’t get tied down with office work. And so we got out a lot more and had some real progress. We have 5 people progressing towards baptismal dates on the First of June as well as the 8th so we are really excited for that!
I just wanted to tell you a bit about José Francisco and Sônia, it is a couple that we are teaching. I talked a little bit about them last week and they are just as great as they were last week and better! They went to church and just loved it! The ward here is AMAZING and they received this family with open arms and did a great job integrating them! José Francisco was kind of shy at the beginning of the day, but at the end of the meetings they had a hard time leaving because everyone wanted to talk to them and they were loving it! They have been reading the Book of Mormon every day and on Wednesday after we came back from Barra Mansa we taught them to help them get excited for baptism on the first. We brought Vanderlei who is the first counselor in the bispado here. Anyway they expressed how they are loving the church and loving reading the Book of Mormon. We asked them if they believed that God had answered their prayers and if they believe that the things that we are teaching them are true. I was nervous for half a second about what they would say BUT they told us how they had felt God’s hands in their lives ever since they had been reading the Book of Mormon, they told us how He had answered their prayers and how they feel His presence. So we invited them to really prepare to get baptized on the first. Once again I got nervous to hear what their answer would be. They said that they didn’t know if they could be ready so soon. We promised that if they were willing, we would prepare them and the Lord would send angels to bear them up when they made that decision. Sônia said she would give up smoking for it and José Francisco said that he was “a lot easier” and would definitely get ready. The spirit filled the room and they have been so excited ever since. We taught them the Plan of Salvation last night and they loved it. José Francisco said that he had “Never learned stuff like that in [his] Church!”
I love them! I can’t wait to see them dressed in white on the first of June. They are a miracle and a tender mercy of the Lord.
I love these words from 1 Nephi Chapter 26:
24 He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.
25 Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price.
26 Behold, hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the synagogues, or out of the houses of worship? Behold, I say unto you, Nay.
27 Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance.
28 Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden.
The Lord Loves us and He Lives! I know that!
See you in a week for part 2 of 3!
A fé é tudo!