Monday, November 28, 2016

Giving thanks on Thanksgiving

Giving thanks on Thanksgiving

Good News!!!
Now that we've passed Thanksgiving we can officially start the Christmas Countdown!!! ONLY 4 more weeks!!! Woo hoo!!! With the beginning of the most wonderful, miraculous time of the year, we also had some miraculous experiences this week.

So it started off (and continued) being a pretty tough week. We weren't finding anybody at home, some of the people that we did meet with who we had thought were going to be baptized in the following weeks broke up with us, and it was not very enjoyable. BUT the first miracle happened on Wednesday when we went to teach Marcos, and he introduced us to his nephew who was talking about how how hard it is in the world these days, and I told him that we can't expect to change the whole world at once, we have to start by changing ourselves by being the change we wish to see in the world and that will affect us and our families now and in the future. He looked at me and said "You're doing that right now by being a Sister." I almost cried right on the spot.

Later in the week we marked with Oswaldo and Deise to teach them with the Elders so that we could try to interview him to be baptized. Since nothing was going right in the week I was nervous about how it would go and decided to fast so that we could touch their hearts, and so that he would have the desire to be baptized as soon as possible. We taught them about the expiação and the sacrament and the power of repentance, and it was such a powerful lesson and we were all crying and the Elder told him and testified that he was ready and worthy to be baptized and he agreed whole heartedly and it was an incredible moment.  He's going to be baptized this week and he already invited everyone at church to his baptism and told us after Gospel Principles yesterday, "I don't know how to thank you two, you saved me, you brought me back."

It's moments like this that make everything worth it. We have to have opposition in all things so that we learn how to work with and trust in and rely on the Lord in all that we do, only then can we perform the miracles that He has called us to perform and fulfill our roles as disciples and servants of the most high God. "Not my will, but thine be done." I'm so grateful for everything that the Lord has given me, especially for my dear friends and family and for the wonderfully challenging and rewarding privilege of being a missionary here in São Paulo. I love y'all lots and hope you had a thankful week with bellies full of turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie :)

- Sister Curtis

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