Oiiii 🙂 Milagre/ O tempo do Senhor
ah I am so happy right now! 1st of all sorry for the delay our p-day was moved today because we’re going to the temple!! SO that’s why I didn’t email you all segunda feira (monday) sorry about that. Yes I am alive and well 🙂 I got 1 package this week from Erika Baker-my awesomazing friend in Michigan and a bunch of letters too from friends and family. THank you all!
I have to say that the Lord is amazing and His TIMING is real. Yes. Check out this story.
So remember Isabele? The girl (she’s 24) we found and taught last week for the 1st time/just shared a scripture basically and prayed. So we found her last week sunday the 8th….after the lesson she said we could come back and teach her at home. She said friday was the only day that worked for her… (boo hoo-not for another 5 days!?-feels like an eternity). So we waited all week hoping and praying she’d be there still/remember us. Well she was and we taught her the restoration. She loved it!!! Seriously, she was totally receptive and just beaming from ear to ear. We invited her to read and pray about our message and to follow Christ’s example by being baptized when she received a confirmation. She accepted. SO sick. Okay, (just wait it gets better) THEN we invited her to church obviously but she told us sadly she couldn’t go because she works sundays from 7-4:30 (for 3 years now by the way) at the restaraunt she works at. Bummer. HOWEVER it just so happened that this weekend (only 1 time per YEAR mind you) was our stake conference. Sooooo we invited her to come to the saturday night adult session with us. She said she’d love to! So we planned to come by the next day to get her and we’d all go to the conference together. She said she’d be ready at 5:30 for us. Okay so obviously the whole night we prayed and the next day too that she’d actually follow through and come.
SO the next day (saturday) we’re walking around trying to round up our other investigators to come to the conference and no one could/was home-bummer. It was about 5:15 and we were walking across the street/canal from where Isabele lives. We were going to try and visit some other people first because we had 15 minutes still before we needed to meet her. I looked over the the canal and saw a girl with a cute maxi skirt and a book in her hand waiting outside on the street next to Isabele’s house. I looked more closely and realized IT WAS HER!!! Already waiting for us! AHHHHH! joy 🙂 Anyways so we ended up walking over there and saw her with her Book of Mormon we gave her the day before and she was all dressed up ready to go to the conference with us. MY heart just about died. Seriously. She said she was ready and waiting for us 🙂 SO AWESOME! -this like rarely happens with investigators haha. Anyways so we went to the conference-walking and riding the bus. She was super relaxed and seemed to be enjoying herself. But we got to the stake center way too early-like 45 minutes haha. So we gave her a tour and then ALL of our missionaries in our zone were there and just swarmed her with love along with other members too haha. She liked the session that night a lot-we sat up in front. THey talked about member missionary work and temples.Soooo I’m not too sure how much she could understand but she listened the whole time and tons of people talked to her afterwards. YAY fellowshipping!!!! We remembered afterwards that our Zone leaders had 2 baptisms right after so we quickly asked her to stay and watch the baptism. SHe did and loved it 🙂 She said she really wants to go to the Christmas Devotional this upcoming sunday night too-awesome! As we walked back home that night after the baptism she asked us tons of questions about us serving missions and the church culture etc. pretty awesome. She really liked everything.
We asked if we could come back monday to teach her which she said of course. SO monday we came back with a member (denise-she got back from serving in temple square about 4 months ago-super rad love her) to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And invited her to be baptized THIS SUNDAY…………..
She said “Simmmm!” with so much enthusiasm and with a huge smile on her face! wahoo! WE have a baptism this sunday! Seriously! And how you might ask? (because remember she always works sundays during church) this sunday happens to be one of her off sundays. She gets one off every 5 sundays and again it happens to be this week. SO really everything has fallen into place! AMazing. I was baring my testimony to her telling her I knew God wanted us to meet her-especially because that week we had fasted and had been praying and praying for miracles. She said that 1st day she saw us she was worried we’d go bug her while she was on the phone (remember I saw her talking on her cell so we decided not to contact her). But after she was very curious about us and decided to go over where we were teaching the other woman and the kids running around. 1 of those kids happens to be her daughter Anna Louisa (5 years old) and normally she lets her play over there and never goes over. But for some reason had a desire to go over there and thats where we happened to be teaching. Amazing. Also her ex husband wants to get back together with her 😦 which means if they live together again we cant baptize her. We taught her the law of chastity yesterday-we fasted and she accepted to live it. RIGHT after we finished teaching her ex walked in to get anna louisa..awkward. Satan is sneaky and he works hard. But we are fasting and praying that this elect daughter will enter the waters of baptism this weekend.
She told us that one of her friends already tried talking smack about the church saying “You went to a mormon church? are you nuts? they’re all rich and stuck up…” but Isabele said that she told her friend that she loved being there and people weren’t like that at all. They were friendly and welcoming. She said she felt happiness and joy there.
The church is true. Isabele is so prepared and the Lord is preparing the hearts of the children of men to hear His word. I am SO grateful to be apart of miracles in the lives of others. To be “anjos” angels (as Isabele called us in her closing prayer at the end of the lesson) by inviting others to come unto Christ. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father to serve. I love this work. I love the challenges and the growth and the MIRACLES that happen every day. It is a once in a lifetime experience. IT IS REAL. This is the Kingdom of God we are building. I know that is true.