Sunday, March 27, 2011

Patricia Got Baptized!

Another week in the life of a missionary here in Patos de Minas. Today we are going to be traveling to Uberlândia to spend the night. We´ll be leaving Sis. Ferreira to work with the sisters in the area and Sis. da Silva and I will be catching a 6 hour bus to Goiânia to renew my visa...which means sleep over @ the mission President´s house! All in all Sis. da Silva and I will be spending a little more than 20 hours on the bus in the next 3 days...bleh. We´ve bought lots of motion sickness medicine because we both get car sick But it´s all for a good cause because I don´t want to stay in the country illegally.

This past week we were blessed with a baptism! Patricia got baptized! Her story goes to show that the members really do have a work to do. She came to church after an activitiy the branch had, to pass out pass-along cards and invite people on the street to visit the church on Sunday. Well....Patricia and her son visited and she got baptized! She´s super cute and excited to follow the commandments. She is now focusing on her son and her parents because they listen to all of the discussions, but don´t keep commitments (the word of wisdom in particular). But Patricia is a woman of great faith and is praying that she can be the example that makes a difference in her family.

Yesterday we visited a man who we met in the office supply store. He invited us to visit him and his family, but when we went to his house, he started talking about his religion and tried to convince us that we needed to be baptized in his church. Well...while he was trying to convice us, I only realized more and more how true the church is. The things he was saying didn´t make any sense. A testimony is a powerful thing and there´s no chance of denying it. I know that this is the true church that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ not only live, but love each and every one of us. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that we have a living prophet today to lead and guide us. I know that the authority of God is the priesthood and that it exists only in this the true church. I love gospel and anyone who tries to tell me that the things I believe are false, don´t understand that the Holy Ghost can´t be denied. I may not be able to describe how I know these things are true, other than the fact that everything I am is because of this gospel and the fact that I feel that it´s right. Logic isn´t enough to move my heart from what God´s shown me is right.

I love the church, I love being a missionary and I love you!

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