June 2, 2014
|Some Comforts of Home - A Walmart!|
The Lord is mindful of every one of his children. He never ceases to amaze me. This week was really difficult for me because I felt like we found NO success. Nada. Zip. Zero. It was really hard to find people home this week and our lessons with people were not very good, and I found the more I became frustrated, the more I stumbled over my words. I found myself on my knees a whole bunch this week, humbled and begging for help from my Savior.
The beginning of the week I went to Santo Atonio again for trades. I was there with Elder Furphy who has only been there for 3 weeks, and the area is HUGE... so we got lost and walked around a lot looking for the people they are working with. Santo Atonio is an interesting city. They have a GIANT catholic church that pretty much runs things there and is always blasting music or bells. It is pretty crazy. The missionaries live right across the street.. haha
I returned to my home in Recanto das Emas and me and Elder Queiroz went to the zone leaders area to help them out for the day. It was actually probably the best day of the week. We returned to Recanto the next morning and starting our work there. Like I said I felt like we had no success, and on Saturday night I was so bummed out. I was frustrated and so tired. That night, I prayed so hard for strength, and for the Lord to help us. I felt like I did all I could but I just couldn’t see anyone we worked with coming to church the next day, not because I lacked faith but because no one was receptive. I asked for a miracle, I asked for SOMEONE, ANYONE to come to church that we could work with. And the Lord truly answered my prayer. Sunday came around and as we greeted people before the meetings started, we found that the Lord didn’t bring just one person to church, He brought many!
Claudio, his family was baptized about 2 years ago but he just never has been interested. His family wants him to join so much. He has just wanted to do his own thing. We have been trying to work with him but weren’t able to find him home once this week. But, he came to church!!! He even brought his own Book of Mormon. During Priesthood meeting he made a comment that he started with ´´I am not baptized yet but...´´. We told him that his own 17 year old son could do it and he became very excited! We will have family night with his family tomorrow night and I am praying he will continue to walk towards baptism! Miracle - 1 person at church.
Random Family: This beautiful family came to church that we had never seen before, a dad, wife, and two young children. They came to church because a cousin of the wife is a member somewhere else in Brazil and told them a little about the church. They stayed all three hours and really enjoyed it. I am excited for them. They are in the Sisters area, but hopefully we will see more of them! Miracle - 5 people at church.
Some members brought their friend who has really been struggling with things, quit drugs and drinking months ago and really wants to change. We taught her yesterday and she seems pretty solid. Miracle - 6 people at church.
Another family came with some different members. They loved church and are very interested; they are in the Sisters area too. Yet another miracle - 10 people at church.
Manuel came to church! We had to drop his Baptism date because of drinking, but he was at church too! Miracle - 11 people at church
God truly does answer our prayers and lifts us when we are at our lowest. I love this gospel, I love my Savior, and I love being a missionary.
-Elder Samuel Clark