Weekly posts of Sister Laurel Dickerson's 18 month mission in Belém, Brazil for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"There is sunshine in my soul today!"
At the beginning of this week, we were a little bit nervous because all of our golden investigators were disappearing! We called, knocked on doors, talked with the neighbors... and nothing. Where did every one go? So we kept praying that the Lord would help us to find them again (and the other people that He had prepared for us), and that they would remember the things that we taught them, and that they would be protected from temptation. On Sunday we had only brought four investigators to church. I felt soooooo surprised when, in the middle of sacrament meeting, when I looked behind me and saw three investigators that we hadn't been able to talk with the whole week sitting in the last pew! Eleitos!!
This week we had a lot of experiences teaching about repentance and various commandments--it was so special to see people wanting to change and trusting in the Savior to be able to make those changes happen. Ruth, one of our investigators who had disappeared but showed up at church on Sunday, cried during Relief Society and bore her testimony that God lives, loves her, and has a plan for her. Alcides, a new investigator that we found this week, came to church and told us that he had prayed and felt an amazing peace and calm, and that he new that what we had taught was true. I love these little moments and blessings that we see every day--the gospel of Jesus Christ is so true! It really does change lives. If we are worthy, the Holy Ghost really is our constant companion.
On Wednesday, we had divisions with the sisteres in Entrocamento. I went with Sister McKinnon, from Idaho! (I'll send pictures next week). It was really interesting, and I learned so many things! We were able to teach a really special lesson with a woman who felt so much desire to repent. We invited her to repent and be baptized, and she accepted, but cried, saying that she didn't know if she would be ready before the 19th (the day of her baptism). I felt the Spirit so strongly as I testified that I had unshakable faith that through the Atonement, she would be ready by then. It was very special for us.
Please pray for Thelma and Andriano to have strength to keep the commandments!