This week was full of lots of amazing miracles. I am so happy, and the work here is so good. Maybe it´s just because the weather is beautiful and I handle everything better in the sun, but really...life is good. God is so good. So many miracles, I dont even know where to begin.
So, we have this family, Fatima and Francisco, who we are working with, and we´ve already taught them everything, and they totally know the church is true, but they are just...i dont know actually. It´s easier for us to come to them, than for them to come to church. But, we decided to focus a lot on the Atonement and how we can apply it in our lives and how repentance is the greatest blessing the Lord has given us, and how the first fruit of repentance is baptism. Anyways, Sister Blanco and I were practicing in the morning and giggling about how great it would be if they actually responded to our questions how we would like them to. But then! We went into the lesson, and it was so wonderful. The spirit was so strong, and as we taught, they got it! And we read Moroni 8:25 and asked how they thought they could apply the atonement in their lives, and Francisco responded, `Well...baptism.` Oh, sweet blessing. And then we invited them to pray about a specific date that they need to get baptized, and we looked at Fatima, and we told her that we know that they know that this is the true church and that this is the path back to our Heavenly Father, and she just looked at us and smiled, that smile that is like---you caught me. Oh, the Spirit was testifying so strongly, and it was so amazing. They are incredible and progessing so much. Slowly, but surely, they are getting there.
Little Letícia (the one thats obsessed with JB) told us in church on Sunday, that ever since we taught her not to use the Lord´s name in vain, she hasnt said it since, and then that she went home and when her mom said it, she asked her mom to stop saying it too, and her mom hasnt said it since either. Literally, I felt like a proud mother. She is just so precious, and I feel like our Primary holds the future of the church here in Lagos. Also, she informed me that she will be holding the flowers at my wedding, so I´ll need to fly her over to the US when I get married. Hahaha, I LOVE her.
When we were teaching Prince this week, he got so excited about the authority of God and that it is on the earth again, that he started asking who could have it and if he could get it and when he asked, Sister Blanco and I just looked at each other and said, `Well...yeah. You can!` And then he goes, `How?` So we look at each other and get these huge smiles on our faces again and we´re just like well you seeeee....and we marked him for baptism right there! He got really excited about it, but then he didnt come to church, so we are still working with him, but he is so incredible and really looking for lasting happiness in his life. And I just feel like he is going to be our next branch pres. here in Lagos,... except...he needs to learn Portuguese first, but like...whatever. Minor details.
On Saturday, Sister Blanco and I were walking down the road, and we started talking to this man, Lazaré. Oh my, he is so incredible. He just started going off about the Bible and He honestly knows it so well, and we were both just so happy. It was such an amazing contact. It was such a breath of fresh air to talk to someone who believes in the Bible because they have actually studied it and knows what it says and not just because the rest of the country believes in it. Anyways, as we were standing there, I just saw him in white, walking in the water to be baptized. And Sister Blanco said she felt the exact same way! He said that he wanted to talk more with us tomorrow, so we invited him to church, and yesterday, he was there! What a miracle! He just showed up! Oh, that never happens. Sister Blanco and I started jumping for joy. He is seriously so elect. He is Romano, and Sister Blanco and I feel so strongly about him, that we know the Lord is leading His elect to us. So blessed. Seriously, I dont deserve all of these blessings, but oh I am so grateful.
Cesar got baptized this week!! Oh, it was so wonderful. He is SO incredible and so elect and SO happy. And he is going to be such and incredible help to our little branch family. Also, his Swedish girlfriend totally prepared him, and then when we were at his baptism, this other girl walked into the church, because her boyfriend in Brazil had told her about it and so she came by. Date to convert my friends. Works every time :)
Nelma´s getting married and Jorge is getting baptized and I just love this missionary life I live.
God is so good. The church is true. Jesus lives and He loves you. I LOVE YOU ALL. more than I love the sunshine.