Monday, September 3, 2012
Jequié: Vol 1 Chap 4
Alright! So! This week was super exciting! I spent almost all of it in bed! HOORAY! I love being sick in Brasil!
Ok, I wasnt that excited about it when it happened, but I was able to handle it a lot better than usual, which was good for me. I think I am learning a lot better to trust in the Lord and that what He can do is a lot more than what I can do. Did you know that trusting in his help is part of humility? Yup, it is. I had yet another lesson in humility this week. I think I am learning about it a little...
But being sick in bed all week just means that the Lord was able to bless me even more on Sunday. I was feeling a little sad that I wasnt able to do as much this week, and I knew that the Lord was going to maximize my effort, but I just wasnt able to see how the things I did that week would help anyone. So I said a prayer during sacrament meeting and I prayed to know how the Lord saw my work, prayed so that I could see my work in the scheme of eternity. I finished my prayer, looked up, and I saw our investigator up on the stand waiting to bear his testimony. I started to cry. And as he was waiting to get up to bear his testimony I realized that every other person who was bearing their testimony was talking about missionary work - about how it had changed their lives. And then dear Claudionor got up and bore his testimony about how this work is true. About how the Book of Mormon is true, that it contains the truth, which is something he didnt know, about how this church has the truth, which is something he has been searching for. He has looked in so many churches and finally prayed and told God that if there was a truth out there to send it to his door because he was done looking. The next day he was standing in front of his door and we talked to him. After he finished his testimony another brother in the ward got up and thanked us for the thought that we had given at lunch the other day and said that it had helped him - that this week had been really spiritual, and that he was really thankful for our work. Then he wife got up and said practically the same thing. And I am a little slow, so I didnt realize until they were talking that this was the answer to my prayer and I started crying all over again. The Spirit was so strong in the room, so strong. The branch president actually got up as the meeting was finishing and asked the branch to pay attention to how they felt, to the Spirit that was in the room at that time, that this was a feeling that we should seek for in everything that we do. And it was amazing.
I know that God lives. I know I am His child and that He loves me, that everything I do is important to Him and that He answers prayers. He answers them when we are paying attention, and even sometimes when we arent. I love this gospel.