So, first a big shout out to Trev and Kenz on getting hitched eternally! WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! The blessings of the Restoration are real and alive! Parabéns!
Things are hot here in Brazil. We had a little bit of a scare this week but it was followed by a super awesome miracle. So, I´ve already talked a little bit about Sheisla, who we met a few weeks ago. She´s from another city in Ceará but she´s living here for a while to do a surgery and maybe do college later. Well, things have been going super well with her. She was preparing to be baptized this week. Then we showed up Monday night to walk to Family Night with her, and her aunt answered the door and said "She´s going back home and won´t be returning here until December." My heart dropped. She was going so well, and suddenly it was over. So, we worked Tuesday and Wednesday normally. Thursday morning we called our ward mission leader to see if we had the integration activity. He responded that we did and that Sheisla would be there. Sure enough, it didn´t work out that she went home and she was as firm and steadfast as ever. We made an apointment to pass by on Friday.
We passed by with a member of the ward, Irmão Wandenberg. He´s one of those members that´s just awesome. He takes whatever chances the Lord gives him and just runs with it. As we were talking with Sheisla she was talking about her thoughts and feelings about what we had been sharing. She began sharing her doubts and her feelings about baptism in another church and what that could mean for her. Then Wandenberg spoke up and explained about his baptism. He began explaining how when he was 12 he had many of the same doubts that Sheisla has been having. But explained that after his baptism he felt absolutely amazing, like he wanted to get up and proclaim to the whole world that this was the only true church of Jesus Christ on the earth. Then Sheisla began to talk. She explained how testimonies and conversations from members had been answers to her prayers. She said that she had received so many answers to her doubts in the scriptures. The she said that when we said "this is the true church on the earth" she was shocked. The she said something that I will never forget.
Sheisla: "This is the true church. Joseph Smith was a prophet. Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. This church has the authority to baptize"
Along with a few other things. It was a super intense lesson. She explained how much she loved every meeting, every activity, and that every time she calls home, she talks about the amazing things she´s learning in church! It was amazing. She´ll be getting baptized during conference on Sunday. She is so prepared.
So, the church is true. I hope you all are pumped for conference, cuz I sure am. It´s going to be awesome. Where else will you find talks given by true and living prophets? Only in the true church of Jesus Christ.
Amo todos de vocês. Fiquem firmes