April 4, 2016 (week 25)

This week was great!

So this weekend was general conference. For those of you who don’t know, we believe that The Church of Jesus Christ was restored. The same church that Jesus established. His church has a prophet and apostles, the same as Jesus called when He lived here. And so twice every year we have the chance to hear them talk (we call this general conference). Unfortunately it was all translated to Portuguese, I could understand most of it, but its just not the the same thing when its not the actual voice of the speaker. But I learned a ton and my spirit was defininitely lifted. If any of you would like to watch, lds.org will have videos of all of it! If not today, within the next few days.

One day we we walking back to the house and it started to rain. But when I say rain I mean RAIN. Rain as in literally a tsunami of water flowing from the clouds, I don’t even understand where all the water was coming from. we decided to wait it out but after 20 minutes gave up and walked home. It was pretty much the equivilent of swimming home. I’ll attatch a picture that I think really captures my joy from the event.

So we were (trying) to teach a man this week who is pretty knowledgable on the bible, but he doesn’t think he needs religion. So we invited him to general conference to see and listen to a prophet of God, because we knew if he went his mind would be changed. Well as soon as we invited him he went off about how he doesnt need “mortal men to teach him”, only the Spirit and the Bible. Well I asked him who wrote the bible. He responded prophets. So I asked him “Werent they moral men?” I think inside he knew he was wrong, but didnt have the humility to admit it, or maybe even to consider it. Anyways he went off again, so we just left the invite with him and went on our way

A member this week, asked (rhetorically) why we don’t have our churches filled with people like some of the other churches here. Then he answered his question and said because we have committments. I find that a lot of people want a church that they can go to on Sundays and essentially leave Jesus at the door for the rest of the week. But Jesus asks for all our heart might mind and strength. If we really want salvation we have to live as He lived. I think it was Elder Holland that said “Salvation never was easy.” The atonement of Jesus Christ wasn’t easy, His life wasnt easy, and so why should our eternal salvation be easy? The fact is that its not easy, its hard. But the wonderful thing is that we find joy when we chose to do hard things! How many of you have aced a test that what insanely easy that you didnt have to study for? Or won a basketball game against a team that just wasnt very good? Or accomplished anything that was easy? I’m willing to bet that you didn’t find much joy in that accomplishment. But how different is the feeling when you study hours on end for a test, and then find out that you aced it. Or won a basketball game against a team that had much more talent. Or anything that was insanely hard that you accomplished. How different was the feeling of joy after any of these events! It’s the same thing with our lives here, but multiplied by the eternities! When we chose to follow our Lord, even when it’s hard, we will be blessed with peace and serenity in this life, but more importatly with eternal joy in the life to come. I hope I live worthy of this goal.

We this is getting long so Ill be quick on this part, but I wanted to tell you guys about Francilino and Josianni this week. I think I’ve already talked a little about them but they are awesome! We’ve been teaching them for a little over two weeks (I think) and Francilino already has read over 400 pages in the Book of Mormon! We are just waiting for them to get married before their baptism, and they should have a marriage date this week!! It is absolutely awesome to see the change and happiness in their lives. We are so lucky to be able to teach, and learn, from them!!

Well sorry that this got long, but I hope you guys are all well!

Elder Lawrence 🙂

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