Well, it´s been a good week. I guess you could say that it´s been one of those weeks that had ups and downs. But, let´s be real, that´s life. And especially missionary service. I´ve been having the awesome opportunity to think a lot about our Savior and how the mission is kind of like what He went through, though in a condensed and edited version. I truly love our Savior, Jesus Christ and each day I am so grateful to Him for His sacrifice for each of us. It is such an honor and privelege to be his representative.
We had some awesome experiences this past week and I was truly able to see the power of the Spirit as we taught, testified, and called people to repentance. But, what really touched me was something that I learned about the priesthood this past week. We have a lady that does manicures and things like that here in the ward, and she also has a knack for removing ingrown toenails. My companion, Élder Tamanho, had a toenail that was starting to become ingrown, so we headed over there Sunday to have her fix it up. Afterwards we asked them how we could help them and serve their family and the husband said "I want a blessing. I´ve been having migranes recently." So, we gave him a blessing. It was odd initially, because after I blessed him to have health and that his migrane would leave, I began blessing him with respect to his family and home. Though I felt a little confused, I went with it and finished up the blessing. We thanked them, said goodbye, and headed out. Then, yesterday, lunch was at their home. As we were finishing up, we asked them what we could do to serve their family. They began to explain how their son was inactive and was having a number of problmes. As they continued explaining to us what was happening, I couldn´t help but remember the blessing I had given just the week before. I had no idea that they were experiencing family troubles. I had no idea they were looking for extra divine help with their son. I just felt inspired to say it. As I´ve reflected more and more, I´m beginning to see a number of opportunities I´ve had as a missionary where the Lord has used me as a priesthood holder in ways I never thought possible. I´ve seen and given blessings at the exact moment needed, when no one was aware it was nescessary. No one, that is, except the Lord. With these experiences I´ve truly seen how the Priesthood is REAL. It is truly the power of God on earth, and the Lord has blessed me to have this power! Think of that! I am a bearer of the power of God! And with it, the things I can do to bless people are amazing.
I´m so grateful to be a member of the Lord´s only true and living church. I know that the priesthood is real and is the power of God on earth. What a blessing that the Lord has restored His authority once again.
Até mais! Amo vocês!