I always feel the spirit on Sunday, but this Sunday was about 10 times more spiritual.
There are so many good things that happened that I won´t be able to explain through email, but I will try to explain a few of them.
Batismo do Miguel
A few weeks ago, we began working with a less-active/part-member family, Alexandre & Cintia (and their 3 kids). Cintia was the only member in the family. Just to jog everyone´s memory, we met Cintia doing contacts in the street and she told us that she had been baptized as a kid but soon afterward became less active. Anyway, we have had the joy of teaching this family. They have an awesome son named Miguel (10 years old) who practically begged us to be baptized. His baptism was Sunday. I can´t really explain how much I love this family, But I love them A LOT. Alexandre always had a course on Sunday that he was taking so he could be a Bus driver for children with special needs. This Sunday his course ended and he came to church for his son´s baptism. Besides having a course on Sunday, he was really reluctant to come to church because he doesn´t see himself as the type of person who “goes to church every Sunday“. The family had an incredible experience at church, which ended with Cintia giving the closing prayer at the baptism, in which she began to weep, asking God to help her family to be sealed in the temple. There is nothing that brings greater joy than watching somebody return to the light of the gospel and bringing their family with them.
Baptismo do Miguel
Also, that same night, we taught a new couple, Renã and Monica. We met Renã Saturday night. He is the next-door neighbor of a really active family, Andrea and Jamerson. As we were leaving Andrea and Jamerson´s house, we felt that we should knock on their neighbor´s door and ask for a cup of water. We did so and Renã greeted us. We talked to him briefly and marked an appointment for Sunday night. He told us that we had to “be careful” because his wife is really active in another church. When we arrived on Sunday night, they greeted us warmly and we taught them the Restoration. There are few times in my life that I have felt the spirit as strongly as I did that Sunday night. Near the end of the lesson, the phone rang (as it always does) and Renã went to answer it. Monica leaned over to us and whispered, with tears in her eyes, “I have tried SO HARD to bring Renã to church with me. I know that you are messengers called from God because he has never listened to anyone and I have never felt this way in any church in my life”.
I know that God lives and loves each of us. I feel so privileged to receive his guidance and direction to find his children and families that are seeking the truth, but “know not where to find it”. Like we learn in Preach My Gospel, the gospel fills an emptiness in our hearts that often we didn´t know was there.
I LOVE my family. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is so much more than the world says it
P.S. Grandma: The weather is about the same as you said it is. Between 65 and 75 degrees everyday. It is great.