Monday, September 23, 2013

Week 4 Fasting really works

September 23, 2013
Dear Family,

This week was pretty sweet.  We read in Alma 17:2-3

 2 Now these sons of Mosiah were with Alma at the time the angel afirst appeared unto him; therefore Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren; and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had bsearched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.
 3 But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and afasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with bpower and authority of God.

and decided that we needed to do a fast this week for the people we had been teaching and to find other people. We planned to fast Thursday, and the Lord totally prepared a way for us.  We decided to contact a referral that lived a few miles away, which is usually hard to do because it takes so much time to walk to homes that are that far away, but it was totally worth it.  We found the referral, William, in the street drinking with his buddy Luis, and they invited us in to be taught.  It turns out that William has like 5 brothers and sisters and they all live there with their mother--super humble people.  We taught 3 of the siblings, Luis and the mother the Restoration and the spirit was way strong.  They all committed to reading the Book of Mormon and being baptized when they found out it was true.  Later that day, we went to the home of an over aged youth, which is a member who was blessed as a baby but was never baptized, I think...Her name is Ana Clara and she didn’t know very much about the church, just that her mother left it when she was about 6 years old.  She also committed to reading the Book of Mormon.  She’s pretty hesitant but said we can come back and teach her whole family later.  Then we went to the home of Marcelo, the guy who has a co-worker who is a member, and set a baptismal date with him.  Basically, Thursday was the greatest day ever.

I wish I was physically able to fast every day!
Our shower heater broke a few days ago, but that’s ok because this week was hotter than hot.  I saw that it was about 37 degrees Celsius two day ago, which is like 90 something in Fahrenheit! 

Another cool experience-- Elder Souza contacted a minister of another church in the road on Tuesday that started a heated discussion between the two.  Elder Souza likes that stuff, but I don’t that much.  He started talking about prophets so I jumped in and bore my testimony that the Book of Mormon is proof that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he would know that too if he read the Book of Mormon.  Elder Souza bore testimony after.  He didn’t want to read, but he was impressed and wished us luck as he walked away.
I love you all, I know this church is true and I love being here in Brazil sharing the message of the restoration with other people.

Elder Marsh

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