It was wonderful to get your email today. Thank you so much for your insights and stories. You really are the greatest family.
It was a great week - we worked hard and have two investigators progressing for baptism this Sunday. Dilson went to all three meetings yesterday! He was tired but he made it and it was a great blessing of the Lord. We also found a man called Joaquim that has a desire to follow Jesus Christ and change his life. He went to church yesterday and was touched by the respect and love the members showed him. He said that the thing that struck him about the Church was the emphasis on learning the gospel, instead of just hearing the gospel. Edna, who got baptized back in September, gave a talk yesterday about her decision to get baptized that was really powerful. She talked about how she prayed for many months to find the truth and then decided to go to the church and she knew that she had found what she was looking for. The members here are great examples and it is great to have their help.
Weather here in Brazil is just the same - usually just sunny and nice, with some rainy days. Most people already have Christmas trees up - they dont have a holiday like Thanksgiving here.
I studied Mosiah 5 today during personal study and I was struck by what it teaches about covenants. The more I think about it, our covenants and dedication to them are what keep us happy and safe in this life. As we listen and always remember the name that is written in our hearts (as it says in Mosiah 5) we will hear and know the voice of the Lord. I think that is why it is so important to always go to church and partake of the sacrament worthily - so we can always remember who we've promised to be and thus receive the blessings of our dedication. The weekly blessing of the Sacrament is just another testament of the divinity of this Church. I know that this is the Church of Jesus Christ.