You are cordially invited to the first Open House of the Florença Ward in the Pampulha Stake this Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. As you enter the chapel, you will be greeted by friendly missionaries and have the chance to learn more about the Mormons you have always heard about. Then on Sunday, you are also invited to attend our worship service where we will hear great discourses by Sister Fortunato and Elder Cruz, an Area Seventy. It will be a great experience and I promise that you will learn and feel of God´s love for you.
That is what we have been working on this past week. We are going to have an open house this week to let the community know what we believe. We are really excited and have the goal to bring 300 people to the sacrament meeting. We are really excited.
The move to the new house went well. Elder Smidt got made assistant on Tuesday! So I got a great new companion Elder G. Almeida from Curitiba and things have been going very well so far. I was sad to see Elder Smidt go but he is already doing a great job as assistant and I am grateful that I get to now serve with Elder Almeida. We are also sharing the ward with Sister Sackley from Oregon and Sister Yamaguchi from São Paulo so with all of our help, we are going to see a lot of miracles this week.
Everyday I learn a little more about the love that God has for us. It is so evident that He loves all His children. I have been thinking a lot about committments lately and I realize that every blessing in the gospel rests on our personal, sincere committment to live the gospel and keep the commandments. You can´t lie to God and can´t pretend you are doing your part if you aren´t. You must have a sincere, honest and firm decision to serve the Lord to receive the blessings - there isn´t room for half-heartedness. Like President Taylor said, `The Celestial Kingdom or nothing!` I have been re-evaluating how I am doing with my commitments to live the gospel and I am grateful for the opportunity we all have to repent and do what is right.
I love you all and hope that you are doing what is right! Thank you for your prayers, example and support! It means more to me than I can say.