February 2, 2015
Howdy from sunny and sweaty Ouro Preto! (as my mom would say)
This week has been an exercise in patience, I’ve decided. Mosiah 24. A few of our investigators who we have been teaching for a few weeks and were preparing them for baptism have not been able to meet with us this week, or have flat out marked with us and then didn’t show up. Just when you think you’ve learned patience…
But we’ve also had some great experiences this week. Our 15 year old investigator who comes to church EVERY week (albeit veeeery late) but hasn’t accepted to be baptized, is progressing. We were talking about prophets in the Bible this week, and I don’t remember how it led up to this but he said “God should call a prophet today. He called prophets in the past, so it should be the same today. If the Church had a prophet, I would believe” I have never had such pleasure in announcing that God has indeed called a living prophet to guide us in these days. (Note—we AND the other sisters already taught the Restoration, and talked about modern day prophets, so not sure how this was news to him, but we were happy that it clicked now) We showed him a picture of Pres. Monson and the 12 apostles, and on the back it had a picture of the Salt Lake Temple, and he asked about that, and we explained a little about temples. He expressed to us his desire to know which of aaaaalll the churches is true, and we told him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. Cuz if the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith and the Church and everything is also true. He promised he would.
We had zone conference as well this week, which was AWESOME. President gave a training on the Book of Mormon, and also how to improve our teaching, using 1 Nephi 11 as a model. We have seen such a difference in our teaching since then.
One experience we had with the Book of Mormon was on Thursday, when we went to visit our recent convert, Damião. We had planned to teach him again about the priesthood, but after the zone conference, we both felt we needed to follow up on his study of the Book of Mormon. He told us that he has been reading, and hasn’t gotten very far, but what he has read has changed his life. He said before, he didn’t have any motive or direction, but as he reads the Book of Mormon, he sees the direction he needs to go. He has a thirst to read and learn more, and is excited to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. We asked him what he most wanted in his life, and he talked about his family, and how he wanted them to have peace and make good decisions, and we felt inspired to share a passage of the introduction with him and a passage in 3 Nephi 12, which talk about how the Book of Mormon will help people find peace in this life and salvation in the next life, and we all discussed together what he can do to help his family, by being an example, continuing to live the gospel, inviting them to church, and to meet the missionaries. We hadn’t planned to talk about any of these things, but as we talked with him, questions came to our minds, and as awe listened to what he said, we realized what we needed to share. It was fantastic!
There is more I would love to write, but I need to respond to individual emails now. I love you all, and hope you have a wonderful week! :)