Monday, August 26, 2013

No Age Limits!

It was a raining, somewhat dreary day, when Sister Johnson and I were on splits.  We were meandering down the cobblestone streets, catching up on the happenings of the last few months apart, and at the same time keeping an eye out for people to contact on the street.  Because of the rain, there was no one on the street to contact.  Naturally, the ruckus in a nearby home drew our attention.  We looked at one another and instinctively headed to the front door to clap.  After a few awkward moments, a young girl came to the door, took one look at us, and yelled back into the house, "As mulheres da igreja dos Mórmons estão aqui"   Sister Johnson and I looked at one another a bit surprised becuase I had never knocked on this door before, much less, walked on that street.  We entered the home and began to talk to the family.  Come to find out, we had 'accidentally' knocked on the door of the mother-in-law and sister-in-law of a member in our ward!  The Elders had taught them in the past, but the timing hadn't been right, and the family wasn't baptized.  We invited them to come to church with us, and they all accepted!  These past few weeks, Sister Meireles and I have been teaching this family.  The mother-in-law is a woman in about her 60´s, but with more spunk and fire than most woman in their 20's!  First Sunday she came to church, it was raining, but she came!  She was also the first one to accept a specific date to be baptized.  We tried for a week to mark a specific date for her daughter, but she was a bit more stubborn.  Finally, yesterday, we stopped by to give it another shot.  At one point in the lesson we were talking about how the Lord blesses us in things both temporally and spiritually.  I asked a question, "what do we need to do in order to receive these blessings?"  I was expecting someone to say, "keep the commandmandments", which would then lead us into talking about baptism, but our awesome investigator surprised us all with her ready response, "we need to be baptized!"  I loved it!!!  We didn't even have to practice ahead of time to have her say exactly what her daughter needed to her, she was perfect!!  To sum it all up, we were able to mark a specific baptism date for her daughter!  wooohoooo!!

I love the Gospel!  I love serving a mission!  I know that we are blessed as we strive to keep the commandments and remain true to the faith!

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