What a week! While I can´t say that we had the most spectacular week in terms of how many people we were able to find at home, it sure was spectacular in many other aspects! We had so many unique and wonderful opportunities to remember the Savior with the friends and family and children of God that we are serving and serving with and the Lord absolutely made manifest His hand in His work this week.
One of the many miracles of the week involved the reluctant husband of one the irmãs in the ward. We´ve tried several times to try and meet with him and teach him and plan noite familiares and we show up and he always ends up saying that he has to work at the last minute and the other week after one of these not so smooth experiences, his wife and children (also members) asked us with humble and pleading hearts what they could do to help their father soften his heart. Sister Rasera shared the experience of the conversion of her father with them and we told them that while we dont know exactly what they need to do, Heavenly Father does and through prayer and fasting and consistency, the Lord will do his part to soften his heart.
So we showed up to church on Sunday and sat down and I noticed that the irmã had arrived yet but just accounted it to the Christmas season and thought she was traveling. As Sister Rasera went to start her talk she looked at me and motioned towards the back of the chapel and i turned around and lo and behold, the irmã had arrived and was sitting down... WITH HER HUSBAND!!!!
I know that the spirit is even stronger at Christmas than at any other time of the year because people are really turning to Christ and remembering Him and His life and Sacrifice more than at any other time of the year. But I also know that it doesnt have to and shouldnt be the only time of the year when our hearts and minds are focused on the Lord. As we commit to put the Savior first, to remember the miracle of his birth, his life, his death, and his Resurrection, we will have the company of the spirit with us and we will follow the path that he paved. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that he was born for me, that he died for me, and that most importantly, for me he lives again. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.