Monday, September 10, 2012
Family Home Evenings in Brazil
Ramo Guarabira has some of the best family home evenings that I've participated in!! Every Sunday, we all meet in a different members home. Someone teaches a lesson, we play a game, and then of course we eat food (it wouldn't be FHE without the treat)!! Yesterday, we had FHE on a member's farm. The Elders and Sister Blanco and I rode the 15 minutes out to the farm in the back of a member's truck! Then, when we got to the farm they had wooden benches set up outside so that we could have the lesson outside! It felt a lot like girls camp, and I had the urge to start singing camp songs...and I may or may not have actually sang a few! heehee ;) As I was sitting on a wooden bench, surrounded by faithful Brazilian members, dogs curled up in the dirt at my side, and the dark nigh sky cheio de estrellas above my head, I couldn't help but realize how important these moments are. We need to create positive experiences and spiritual moments for our children, for our families, and for our ward families. It's those memories that are made with FHE, youth activities, ward activities, and other creative activies that we'll remember and will strengthen us when the going gets rough. It's always worth the effort to create such spiritual and positive experiences to strengthen our testimonies and the testimonies of those we love!
As Sister Blanco and I were leaving an appointment this week, I made the comment, "the responsibility to save the souls of men is difficult when the souls of men don't want to be saved!" After I made this comment, I began to think about agency. Satan promised that he would save every soul, but no one would have their agency to choose. Helaman 14:30-31 talks about how we each have the power to choose, and that the Lord has given us the knowledge and the power. But, many people in today's world "are kept from the truth because they know not where to find it" (D&C 123:12-16). Our responsibility as members and missionaries, is to show people where they can find the truth. Often, it takes more than one invitation to break through the clouds of confusion, deception, and life-long traditions, but by small and simple things the Lord bringeth to pass the salvation of many souls. An invitation as simple as coming to a church activity, or coming to a church meeting could be all that someone needs to find the truth! Even if someone rejects your invitation, never stop inviting! Sometimes it takes more than one invitation to break throught those clouds of darkness! I know that this Gospel is true!! The Lord is pouring out blessings upon us everyday. He wants us to be happy and He wants us to be the best that we can be. If we trust in Him, we will never go astray!