First of all, big shout out to Trev and Kenz for getting hitched this week!!! Congrats for the awesome decision to be sealed eternally in The House of the Lord! I would love to be there, but we´ll try to help other people become eternal families that day too. I´m so excited for this amazing oportunity you will have to begin your own eternal family and help bring more and more of Heavenly Father´s children back home.
But, this week we had a cool experience. A few nights a week we pass by this bakery to buy little breads, cookies and things because we don´t eat dinner until after we get home. It´s cheap and it´s good. Here in Brazil they have this cookie/bread deal called "Mariamaluca" (or something to that effect) that is like a cookie (more or less) that has coconut. I really like it. Anyway, we pass by there ocasionally and the same woman is working there every single day. I had always thought "Maybe we should contact her..." but I don´t generally like to contact people while they´re working. But one day she said to me "So, you two just go around the whole day preaching the word of God?" and I "Yes. Have you already spoken with other missionaries?" She explained that her daughters had but she personally hadn´t before. We marked a day to visit Adriana and headed out to eat.
Fast forward to yesterday, which was when we had marked down to talk with here. We arrived at her house to find her distraught. We entered and she began explaining everything that had been going wrong. She began to explain about her family problems and the sadness she was feeling and how she had no idea what she could do to overcome these problems. As she was talking I remembered the explerience I had with Clayton (see experience from May) and how what we taught resolved his problem. Before I could say anything, Élder Espinal began talking about how God has prepared a means that our families can be happier by means of prophets. We began teaching and everything that we taught just clicked with her. As we explained prophets she began to light up and see hope for her torn family situation. She recognized that a true prophet of God would be able to help her family have more peace and happiness. Then we began explaining about how Jesus Christ as a prophet, organized His church during his earthly ministrty. We began to ask her a few things about her thoughts about our message. She agreed that if she found this church that Christ had organized, she would follow it. Then she asked the question that every missionary wants to hear: "But, how can I find this church today? There are so many!" Perfect. We explained the Restoration and she loved the message. It was so fantastic to see how she went from seemingly hopeless at the beginning of the lesson to almost literally full of light at the end. She loved the lesson and said that she would pray to know if it was true before we even invited her! Then she closed the lesson with a prayer and said "Thank you Lord for sending these angels to help me when I needed it and help me to know that what they said is true..." it was an amazing experience.
So, the gospel brings miracles into people´s lives. Even in the simple form of bread.