June 30, 2014
Another great week in Brazil…
Brazil is playing well and the people are happy. I haven’t watched a single game but all that people want to talk about is soccer, so it’s hard to not get caught up in the excitement of the World Cup.
We had a great meeting this week with our mission president, President Fortunato, and our stake president, President Sales. They talked about how they wanted the missionaries and the members to work together. The church is very well organized in all that it does. It’s interesting they think about the keys that the missionaries have: teach, baptized, and confirm. The wards have the keys to the missionary work: find and rescue. Both parts are essential for anyone to be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ. It’s important for us to learn our duty and then to act in all diligence so that the miracles can happen (D&C 107:99). We are the instruments that Heavenly Father uses to do his work so we have to be ready and willing to serve in our obligations.
We have been finding lots of success recently working with families that are less active and incomplete. It’s such a rewarding experience to help rekindle the desire that these people have to be part of the gospel. Always we are rewarded with new members and lots of referrals. Recently, we have started asking for less active families to visit at our dinners with members. Whenever someone says the word "less active" we instantly think of someone we know who isn’t coming to church anymore. We can go to the rescue though and bring them back. You don’t have to be their home teachers to give them a visit and invite them to church. This past week, we found a family of 4 who moved to the neighborhood a couple years ago and lost contact with the church because they were too nervous to go to a new ward alone for the first time. They are now getting back into the habits of reading the scriptures, praying daily and the youngest son will be baptized soon. It’s fun being a missionary.
I love you,