|The rainy season has officially started!|
Hope everyone has had a good week! We are progressing with our investigators and things are going well. Our baptism for last Saturday got postponed. He will be getting baptized with his brother on Nov. 17th. We actually have 3 baptisms scheduled for that day if all goes as planned. There are 3 others that are progressing well and we hope that they will be baptized in November also.
|Elder Mark Bassett of the Seventy|
The main event of the past week was going to a conference in Piracicaba to hear Elder W. Mark Bassett of the Seventy speak. He gave a talk in this past General Conference about the Holy Ghost being key in our spiritual development and learning. In that talk he said we should not be seeking out the mysteries but understanding the simple truths we have been given. When he spoke to us he focused on a lot of the same things, like recognizing and teaching with the spirit. As we teach with the spirit we will know what to teach and as we help those we teach recognize the spirit, they will hunger for it and gain a testimony of the things of the gospel. He then spoke of the four principles of the gospel. He said we need to teach about faith bringing us to repentance and then repentance to baptism not just faith for baptism. So we have been applying what he counseled us and are having great results. His wife spoke about our testimonies. I liked her analogy where she compared it to a fire. As we add to it and nurture it, it will grow larger and brighter but if we do not use it or nurture it, it will go out. The winds of the adversary will blow it out if we do not nurture it consistently. Our testimonies are gained through the Holy Ghost and if we do not use them we will lose them. It is a guide and light in our lives that we have to add to and work on every day. We can’t procrastinate our day of repentance. It is important that we constantly repent so we can be worthy of that additional light and guidance. We need to partake of the blessings that we can receive today and always.
Love you guys. Thanks for your support. I will write more next week. Today is a little crazy. I uploaded a few pictures - one of us soaked - it is officially the rainy season! Another one of us on the way to the conference - Elder Sander was running a little behind thus he had toothbrush in hand haha and then one of Elder Bassett of the Seventy.