Monday, July 15, 2013

Our Desire to Share the Gospel Takes All of Us to our Knees, and It Should, Because We Need the Lord's Help.

Something I learned this week is that a testimony truly is powerful!!! We have been teaching a man named Jefferson from Bahia, and it´s been hard to get in contact with him because he works so much, but this week on friday he called because he needed help with his living situation because he lives in a place where people are always drinking, swearing, and doing bad things. We called the bishop to help him, and the next day when we called to see if we could meet with him he told us that we could, but he didnt feel like studying and that he just needed a friend. Hmmmm...... Ok I thought let´s go be his friend, and we listened to him talk about his life and things that we´re going on, his goals and dreams in life, and I mentioned something about my family and showed him a picture. He asked me, So if you have such a pretty family why did you leave them to come here??? When he asked me why I left my family it made me really reflect, why am I here?????? I thought for a second and what I came to the conclusion to is that I´m here because the Lord has given me everything that I have, it was the Lord who gave me such an awesome family, it was the Lord who has given me the gospel and I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know of the importance of the gospel in my life and in the lives of other people. I know that Baptism is not an option, its necessary. So I shared my testimony with Jefferson, he said he didn´t want to study but I shared a scripture anyways. 
1 Nephi 9: 6 `But the Lord aknoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men; for behold, he hath all bpower unto the fulfilling of all his words. And thus it is. Amen.´ I felt like I was actually being prompted and inspired by the Holy Ghost, it was the best feeling I had all week. And now Jefferson wants to become a member of the church and be baptized!!!!  I was really happy to see the message that he sent us saying that he wanted to be baptized.  

I hope everyone has a good week, and don´t forget to write. It makes all the difference

Sister Bruno 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sucess is Going from Failure to Failure Without Losing Enthusiasm

Dearest Family,

This week I learned that God is truly involved with the details. There happened to be many instances this week that bore testimony of this to me. He answers prayers and helps us when we need him the most. 

This week was bittersweet because an investigator who we have been teaching for 4 weeks now said he got an answer that the Catholic Church is true. HOW??!?!? I don´t know. It makes me sad because I think he´s just scared to give up the foolish traditions of his fathers. I know the Spirit doesn't give different answers to different people. It made me really sad, but I know Heavenly Father won´t give up on him!!!! 

This week we started teaching a lot of great people and we had 3 investigators at church. It was a very spiritual fast and testimony meeting. All 3 of our investigators said they felt very touched and felt something different. We are hoping to work hard with all 3 this week to help them understand the importance of baptism. 

Today in the weekly letter to the mission the president encouraged all of us to tell our families and friends that we will commit to live all the rules of the mission and be exactly obedient in all that we do to see for the least 2 baptisms every month. So I thought I would tell you all that I am committed to live every rule and commandment so that every month I can see at least 2 baptisms. Continue praying for me and for the people in the world who still don´t have the gospel in their lives. Pray for the people who are ready to receive the missionaries that we can find them!!! Pray for the people who already know the missionaries that they can find answers to their prayers!!!!! 

This week I will be out for 9 months. Time flies when you lose yourself in the work. This week I want to invite all of you to pray for people that you can share the gospel with. If you pray for an opportunity I know Heavenly Father will put faces in your mind of the people you should share it with.