Translation- The Gospel is still the solution to all problems!
Well, we have already arrived in week 6 of this transfer, which is impossible to believe. This week was AWESOME and we had Mission Tour, which is where the mission (or half of the mission) gets together to hear a member of the quorum of the 70 talk. Elder Costa, from the Area Presidency here in Brazil, (and member of the presidency of the quorum of the 70) spoke to us and I felt the spirit SO STRONGLY!
I wish I had more time. This Sunday I had the opportunity to bear my testimony during sacrament meeting and reflect on 2016 and how it has been so different and good and has built me so much. I got to talk to Rose, my recent convert, twice this week, once on the phone, and once when we ran into her in the street. She is SO HAPPY and says that she has never been this happy. The gospel is the solution!
This week, Adão has been going through some tuff stough ( I am just going to leave that typo because it shows how my English is deteriorating, ha, ha). Having the gospel does not mean we will not pass through difficulties, but with the gospel, passing through difficulties is much better, with the Savior.
I wanted to take most of my time to talk about Luciana. When we found her the other week, we knocked on her door when we saw that someone was home (and after our lesson with Jennifer fell through). She just opened the door and let us in before we even said anything, and then during our lesson she even cried, but not because she was sad. She told us that she has depression and is on a ton of meds for it, but our lesson was awesome, and she said the closing prayer without problem, and came to church and everything! And was LOVING ALL OF IT! And we always testify how the gospel is a solution. But that quote I love in preach my gospel about how the gospel really is the solution to everything is so true for her. With each lesson, we learn more about how the gospel is blessing her life. First of all, she is the same investigator who read the book of mormon and always feels peace, and who planned to bring it to her doctors appointment where they were going to tell her if she needed surgery or not. She brought it, opened up to a random page, read about the will of god and felt peace, and then when the doctor told her that she would be having surgery but to trust the will of god, she told us that she already knew everything he told her, because of the book of mormon! And so we have been helping her get to know some of the Irmãs here in the ward, and have been learning through what she tells them more and more about the miracles the gospel is already doing in her life. She told us that since we knocked at her gate, she has not cried (her depression is getting better), and that she had never prayed out loud before we taught her how, the first day. and even when we started to teach her husband, she prayed so confidently and volunteered and was so happy to do so that we would have had no idea if she hadn’t have told us. So then she was going to have surgery on Tuesday, but when we found out, sister Ayala just said, Sister Chapple, just trust that it will work out anyways. and then HER SURGERY FELL THROUGH. Which means that she can now get baptized! It’s too bad that the surgery was postponed, but the Lord will protect her health and bless her. We are helping her prepare for baptism, and to begin following the Savior in all things. She has been, and is being so prepared by the Lord.
We brought Irmã Isabel (with whom Vitinho lives) to a lesson with Luciana, and it was inspired to do so, because they have SO MUCH in common, with how they were raised in the church, the things they believed and didn’t believe, and it was so beautiful to hear Isabel share her testimony and conversion and see how it was helping Luciana make the decision to follow the spirit that she has been feeling these weeks and follow the Savior. Testimonies, and the testimony of Isabel in this moment, was so powerful, and we even had tears in our eyes. Sister Ayala told me that the gospel will solve so many problems in the life of Luciana, even problems with her health.
I am SO GRATEFUL for the gospel. I KNOW that the Savior Lives, that he loves us, and that we are his brothers and sisters. I hope that everyone had a chance to see the video the church made for this Christmas #SejaALuzDoMundo (be a light to the world) and is reaching out to serve others this week!
Have Faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way! What does he ask? Live like his son!