First, a mircale. We met with ______ less than 2 weeks ago and talked to him about the Atonement and challenged him to stop smoking. He used to smoke 2 packs a day (used to be 3) every day since he was 14. And last week, he decided to stop. 3, 4, 6 days went by without smoking and on Saturday he was baptized, Sunday he was confirmed a member and given the gift of the holy ghost, and afterward receieved the Aaronic priesthood! What a change we have seen in him. He is so smiley and pure. His wife, ______, is a member . She was speechless the day of the baptism. She has been waiting for this day for 5 years. They are going to continue on so thatthey can be sealed as husband and wife for eternity in the temple!
On Thursday we visited lots of families who are now inactive in the church. One thing I have learned on the mission is how to be a member.
Our Ala (ward) Teresópolis is really starting to develop in a beautiful way. On Sunday it was like the congregation came to life. We had non-members, people returning to church, and the members all reaching out to each other and worshipping together. It was realmente a delight.
Yesterday we met a grandaughter of a recent convert who really wants to change her life around. I love how this Gospel helps people. I love our Savior and that we have the opportunity to repent and be forgiven.
1 João 4:7-11