Dear Family & Friends,
"It is impossible to fail when you do your best when you are on the Lord's errand." (Elder M. Russell Ballard) So let's THINK and let's WORK like it's impossible to fail. Because it truly is.
Just my little thought to start us off today!
This week was really good. Really exhausting, but really good! We did a 3 day exchange with the sisters who live with us. On Tuesday Sister Silva and I worked in our area and Wednesday and Thursday we spent in her area. She was a little discouraged about finding investigators and didn't know what to do to be more excited. She wanted to improve with street contacting. So, we street contacted EVERYONE! We made street contacting more fun by getting to know the people and what interests them. We found lots of new investigators. We found a miracle lady in the rain when we had 3 minutes left to go home and she accepted baptism with a date in that moment! Oh, the blessings that come from obedience and sacrifices!
One thing that I loved from this exchange were the studies we did to help her with the things she had questions about. With lots of prayer and inspiration from the Lord, I was able to talk with Sister Silva and help her improve her relationship with her companion. We studied about "Zion" and "Unity" (in Portuguese it's "Sião" and "União"- it's cooler because it rhymes). Zion, a place of peace and those pure in heart, can be anywhere we make it, from our homes, to the lives of our investigators, to our companionships (see 1 Nephi 13:37, 2 Nephi 1:21, Psalms 133:1, Acts 4:32, Philippians 2:1-4, Moses 7:18, D&C 6:6, D&C 109:39).
Sister Vogel and I went teaching with the ward missionaries this week and it was great! They gave us referrals for less-actives who hadn't been visited in awhile and investigators who had already been to church. WOOHOO! Miracles are going to happen this week. Yes, miracles are going to happen.
I woke up a little bit sad this morning because I can't even express in words how much I want to have a baptism here in Itapetininga. We are working SO HARD and doing everything in our power. I don't know what else to do. We are praying with all our hearts for the Lord to help us. We have so many people that can be baptized TODAY if they just open their hearts to accept it. I just want to help one of Heavenly Father's precious children return to Him. This is a work of salvation!!! We are here to SAVE our brothers and sisters! How great will be the day when we can return back to Heaven with the people we helped here in this life. Can you imagine the incredible joy??!! AH!
So, we are going to THINK and WORK like it's impossible to fail. Because we can't fail. We are the Lord's missionaries.
Have a great week everyone! Love and miss you all!
Seja Valente e Fiel,
P.S. Pics from a family home evening we did and Sister Vogel and I when we hit our 15 and 16 month marks! 16 months in the mission. Wow I am old.
So I just want to say thanks for everyone who sent an email today. I bawled and bawled reading these e-mails. Just want you all to know the Lord knows exactly what we need and He answers our prayers!