This week was slow w w w...
But it ended on a huge note.
Saturday Sister Pontes and I were fed up with slow sluggish days so we decided we would talk to every single person that passed in front of us and we prayed, asking Heavenly Father to put someone, anyone in our path who was ready to hear the Gospel. It was awesome! I was so happy the whole day. Like I was so focused on letting everyone in Fortaleza know that they should come to church that I couldn´t think about anything else. Haha! And we found several new people to teach so we are very happy
Yesterday was Stake Conference and it was BIG. Elder Geraldo Lima (that 70 that visited a few weeks back) and Elder Marcos A Aidukaitis of the 70 was there too. Our stake president was released and my bishop was called to be the new stake president. Big changes here in the Litoral Stake. Elder Aidukaitis gave an awesome talk and shared a story from the Old Testament of the military captain Naaman the Leper.
So Naaman the commander of the Syrian army and he's also a leper. A servant girl tells him to go to the prophet Elisha who can heal him.
Elisha instructs him to wash in the river Jordan seven times and he would be healed. This makes Naaman angry. Shouldn't Elisha do some great and amazing act, vocally call upon the Lord, or tell him to wash in rivers that are greater than the lowly Jordan? Why can't he wash in those rivers and be healed?
Just as Naaman is about to turn away, his servants stop him, saying, "If the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? How much rather then, when he saith to thee, wash and be clean?" Just try it, Naaman. What do you have to lose?
So Naaman bathes in the river Jordan as Elisha instructed "and his flesh came again like unto the flesh or a little child, and he was clean."
Elder Aidukaitis explained about faith. The way is simple and it is prepared for us. Just like Naaman, we may think that it is ridiculous that simply keeping the commandments of the prophets will cleanse us and make us whole, but when we trust in those that God has chosen, we will see the blessings come.
I love the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Love from Brasil,