Monday, May 26, 2014

The Nag

We had a very busy week.

One of the best feelings is be led by the spirit to the right place at the right time.  Nothing happens by accident on the mission.  The Lord is always in charge.

This week we were trying to visit some street contacts before one was home or could attend us at that time, so we decided to head in the direction of lunch and talk to some more people.  We passed an apartment complex that had an opening for rent, so we just clapped our hands (the Brazilian way to knock doors because every house has a gate or big wall in the front) to see about the apartment.  A 16 year old kid came out to see who was there.  We asked him about the apartments, and then asked him if we could share a message with his family.  He let us in to talk to him and his 22 year brother.  Their names are Daniel and Gustavo.  They are way cool and are keeping all the commitments so they can be baptized this Saturday!  At church they felt a difference and loved it.

As a missionary, I have learned to not take no for an answer. Seriously, sometimes you really have to fight for the salvation of the people you teach.  Yesterday morning, we had a marked with an investigator named Claudiene to go to church with us.  We told her we would pass by her house at 8:10 to walk together.  When we got there she wasn't home, but her neighbor told us she went to the bakery, so we followed her there.  We found her sitting on the sidewalk with a bag of bread drinking coffee.  "Claudiene, what are you doing?! We have to be in church in a little." 
"Oh Elder, you know what, I think I woke up sick." (Everyone says that when they don’t want to go to church for the first time.)
"Whatever… you’re up and walking!  Let’s get going."
"No, I'm sick."
"No you’re not."
"Yes I am."
"Well you’ll feel better once you get to church! We are going to pick you up in 30
minutes with a car ok?" 
"I don’t know..." 
"We’ll be at your door in thirty minutes even if you’re not ready." And then she went to church!!!! Sometimes I seriously feel so naggy. But I do it because I love these people.  It’s totally worth it to see
the change in their lives.

Elder Marsh

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