This week was full of unique and interesting challenges. Now that our area includes the whole ward we´re trying to figure out when to visit our half and the half of the other élders. Finding equilibrium between the two is interesting, but it´s working out. We´re having some amazing things happen and we´re really seeing the hand of the Lord in our work. We´re still facing challenges, but like Élder Holland said, "How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him?" The challenges are giving me a unique oportunity to understand even better the Atonement of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I cannot even begin to describe how my love for Him has grown because of my missionary service. This truly is His gospel.
But because of that, His gospel must also include miracles. It makes sense. What was in Christ´s primative church must also be in His modern church. We had such a miracle on Saturday. Our zone was having some challenges in finding new people to teach and especially in baptizing. So, we organized a zone fast to be able to reach our baptismal goal for the transfer. As we were fasting, we passed by Neto´s house. Neto is living with an inactive member of the church and hasn´t had much religious background in his life. We managed to catch him at home with his wife and we began to talk. As we discussed things, we saw that he was confused about religion. We live in a neighborhood here that is full of churches, practically one on every corner. He wanted to know why and which one was right. So, we began teaching the Restoration. It was awesome. The Spirit was so strong. We got to the part about Christ´s original church and explained "So, Christ established his church using the foundations, A prophet, 12 apostles, and his authority (1 Corinthians 12:28). Without that, the rest can´t fall into place" and he said "Wait, so the church needs a prophet and apostles? I didn´t know that." He loved the lesson. When we explained the First Vision the Spirit was so strong. After I recited the words, we let the Spirit hang in the air a little and testify. That little moment of silence was amazing as the Spirit explained to them that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. My favorite part was the end when we made that final, ever so important, invitation. We reviewed how we can obtain an answer through the Holy Ghost using Moroni 10:4-5. We talked about real intent and then said "and you Neto, when you have an answer that this is Christ´s true church on the earth, will you follow His example by being baptized?" And he said, "Why not?"
I know that miracles are real because I see them every day. Fasting is a true and powerful way to call down blessings from heaven. I know this is the Savior´s true and living church here on the earth today. I am His servant.
Amo vocês. Até o próximo!