So, this week…. We had a division with the assistents on Wednesday, which helped quite a bit. I was paired with Elder Mathews from Heber City. Saturday, we baptized Felipe´s sister, Victoria. (Felipe has the hair)
We had another fright that turned into a success. Let me set up the context. So we have a family who visited church last week. The dad is Luiz, and he and his wife are former Jehovah´s Witnesses for about 20 years. They became very dissapointed when they saw some of the Witnesses showing a lot of pride, so they leave that church. Luiz got very depressed and even stopped believing for a while. The wife got scared when he started telling his 5 year-old that God doesn´t exist. After a while, they decided that their son needs to be brought up in a good church. They knew where they didn´t want to go, so they investigated a bit. They remembered their friends, who are card-carrying Latter-Day Saints, and they thought, “Let´s try the Mormon Church!” Luiz, an avid Witness in his days, had read the Book of Mormon twice to try to denounce it. When they came to church, the only word they had was “Fantastic!” Their 5 year-old even wanted to go up to sing with the primary choir. We marked a visit with them for the following Tuesday.
We showed up and they welcomed us right off the bat. We gave them a Book of Mormon and invited them to read it together. They said they would. As we were leaving, Luiz said that he wanted to take this slow and that we should have hopes of marking a date with him soon. It wouldn´t have suprised either of us if they said “We didn´t have time to read.” Now, the other side of the story. We had a firm baptism set for the 25th. Friday, we went to talk with her and she suddenly decided that she didn´t want to be baptized yet. She wouldn´t even tell us why. We were hurt, as we had high hopes for her. Worse yet, her mother, whose son is serving a mission, supported her. We left there incredibly sad, however, we knew better than to complain. The Lord always has something incredibly wonderful in store for the ones who endure. We didn´t have to wait long.
We arrived at Luiz´s that night. He HAD read with his wife, and better yet, He HAD prayed. He felt “a really good feeling.” 😉 We taught a Word of Wisdom lesson, and after we had invited them, I tuned out, as I thought Elder Faustino would testify a bit more, like he usually does. Something caught me attention. Elder said: “We will have a baptismal service on the 25th. (He went straight for the date, never even asked if they accept) Will you accept this date as a goal?” The wife said, “No, I still don´t know yet.” Luiz, smiling, said, “Yes, I will. This is what I want.” (Elder and I are good at acting, so we didn´t show our surprise, just smiled and waved.) Elder and I left there rejoicing and glorifying Him!
How kind and merciful is the Lord! We knew that if we waited without complaining, the Lord would replace our sorrow with joy. And look what happened! How wonderful that was! How great was our happiness when we saw the arm of the Lord. Everytime I see things like this happen, I rejoice in what happens. This is the joy of the Lord. This is what we live for.
Brethern, shall we not go on in so great a cause?
Eu amo voces,