Maceio Brazil Mission Assignment

Maceio Brazil Mission Assignment
Serving in God's Army


10 March 2014 -- Uma Semana Ultima!‏

   This week was really good. Elder Martins said that it went by really fast. This week we found some great people. We found a seventeen year old boy who is a member of another church. After teaching him about the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ I asked him how he was feeling or what were his thoughts about what we had taught (which isn't something I would normally say ). He responded saying that he wanted to know if the Joseph Smith really was called by God to be a Prophet or not, because through him and his teaching as a prophet of God, I can find my salvation.... I was impressed... I had never heard an answer like the answer that that boy gave. We taught him about the Book of Mormon and invited him to read it and pray about it so that he could know for himself if Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God. 

   He accepted our invitation for baptism. It was great teaching him and we were really excited to teach more. The next day we went back and he was ready on the defense. He said that he talked with his preacher...(why?!) and he had a lot of questions, scriptures, and doubts against the Book of Mormon, the Church of Christ and the baptism that we had offered to him. It was interesting.... Everything he asked or accused us of we had a scripture that supported us. Something that hit him really hard was when we explained how a person receives the gift of the Holy Ghost. Many religions believe that the spirit falls upon a person in the act of baptism. But the Bible teaches that we receive it by the laying on of hands. The boy was calmed and we discussed the scriptures that he had read. The restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is so amazing! I wanted to talk to this boy's preacher! haha. But he is sincerely reading the Book of Mormon and preparing himself for baptism. :)
   We had a chance to teach Sara this week and we went to help her with her doubt about the Holy Ghost. We talked about a scripture that talks about the laying on of hands and we were having a hard time understanding her confusion. Then my companion said something simply or explained about the context of the scripture and it seemed like all the light just turned on. It was like..... WOW! Just one little detail, resolved all our problems. The Spirit is GREAT! I gave my comp a hug after the lesson. :)
   Sara now understands the correct way to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. It's kinda funny because she is mad at her other church for not teaching her the truth but she also said that she feels the desire to teach her family about these truths or show to them the fullness of the gospel. A scripture came into my mind. She had read last week Lehi's dream and we explained to her the significance of everything that was in the dream. So I opened up Lehi's dream and read how when he had eaten the fruit he only wanted that his family partake of the fruit too. I told her that she has found the fruit, more white than any other fruit. The only true fruit and she already wants her family to partake of the fruit. We invited her again to partake completely of the fruit and be baptized... It was good! It's hard to explain what happens in lessons because the spirit isn't the same when you try to type it out on a computer, haha. She is so excited to be baptized! She came to a baptism that we had this week and she said that she wanted to cry. She is so GOLDEN, it's driving me insane! I love being a missionary! Thank you all for Everything! Love Ya!
   Elder Ralph