Speaking of missionary efforts, we had two more baptisms yesterday. So here´s the deal: The mother and daughter had some problems. However, we called President and scheduled a second interview with him after stake conference yesterday. 15 minutes later, we had to rush to ask people to stay and watch a baptism. The son (a high counselor who is our best friend in the work) had the wonderful privilege to baptize his mother and sister. Though I´ve enjoyed going into the waters myself, I knew that this was how it should be. Brother Makayama almost couldn´t get through pronoucing the names because he was crying so hard. I got to stand in as witness and I almost cried too. He has been working with his mother and sister for years, and Elder B. Santos and I were finally the ones to lead them to the waters. I also got to participate in talking about the gospel priniciples just before the baptism. So wonderful. The niece and a little friend of theirs are marked for next Saturday.
I love the scriptures. I hope you all know that. I also love this church (the only true and living one), our leaders, the members, the fruits, and all that is related with this journey of discipleship. I think, above all else, I´m grateful we have a Father who cares enough about us to not leave us alone. Elder Stanley G. Ellis delivered a good talk about this a week ago. (Elder Ellis was in President Martins´s position 12 years ago, leading São Paulo North.) He has not left us spiritually orphaned. He gave us much, and is willing to give us all “little by little.” For even as a child must learn to tolerate milk before meat, so we too must progress.
I´m grateful that the Father has so many proofs of His love for us, if we look for them. Wednesday night, I was feeling particuraly discouraged. I had the thought to pull out the hymnbook that Bishop Panter gave to me. I read the words to “Reverently and Meekly Now” (I´m pretty sure that´s the one) in which the Savior talks to us about His sacrifice for us and what He asks of us. It gave me some food for thought and I continued on into Thursday, which was a bright new day. This gospel is in no wise inconvient; it is the way home. I hope all will stay on this path, so that in the end, we might hear the Father say “Ye shall have eternal life.”
Eu amo voces,