Monday, May 13, 2013
The week of transfers always tends to be busier than any other week. Sister De Paula and I had had very successful days on Monday and Tuesday, so we decided that we wanted to leave our area on Friday to help the Sisters in Cabedelo since the Sister who had stayed in Cabedelo was now training a new missionary. Everything was perfect until Sister De Paula suddenly become sick Wednesday night. We both knew that we couldn’t lose another day of work, but Sister De Paula was in no condition to walk in the sun all day. So, I started thinking of all the options we had. After numerous phone calls, I finally worked it out that Sister De Paula would stay with a member who lived in the same apartment building as us, and I would go out teaching with a young woman in the ward. This young woman is preparing to serve a mission, so the day with me doing missionary work was perfect!
Usually, when we are walking on the streets, we are moving at a pretty fast pace, but I always try to keep my eyes open, looking at each person as I pass and paying attention to how I feel. One day, as we past a man, he looked at me in the eyes. We passed him, and I felt the need to look back. As I looked back, our eyes met again, and I made a movement as if to want to start a conversation with us. I immediately stopped and began to talk to him. As it turns out, he had been visiting the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints three years ago with a friend. During this time, he lived with his girlfriend, and wasn’t baptized. Now, he lives alone, and has a great desire to start coming to Church again and be baptized! Truly, as it says in Preach My Gospel, the Lord is preparing people to receive the Gospel. There are people out on the streets every day, just waiting to receive the Gospel. We just need to believe, have faith, and open our mouths!!