What? & Why?

Sydney is serving a year and a half for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Chile Concepcion Mission from November 2013 - May 2015.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 44: Persuaded by the Spirit

A contact in the street told us that lots of people cross the street to avoid us. They are afraid if they listen they will be convinced that what we teach is true, because we talk so well. It’s funny that a bunch of quite untrained 18-21 year olds, many who can barely speak Spanish, scare people with their verbal abilities. All we do is share a little of what we believe, and invite people to pray and ask God if what we shared is true. It is actually the spirit of God that persuades them. Most people we meet know at least one or two people who joined the Church. I would think that it would make more people consider that maybe there is something to this religion that makes so many happy. 

On Saturday I got to watch the baptism of Javiera, an 11 yr old girl who started coming to church with her grandma. The elders have been teaching her and her family for the past few months. She originally had no belief in God and now she has a very strong testimony. It was great to hear from her mom too, who isn’t a member. She recognized that her daughter, who before was unhappy due to all of the problems in their family, was now a completely different and very happy child. She was super grateful to the church for the help it has given her daughter. It made me so happy. :)

Recently, my companion and I found a less-active member when we were contacting in the street, and she is fantastic! She has been inactive for eight years, but is completely ready to return to church. She has read everything we have given her for “homework” and asked for all of the class manuals from church so she can read those also. She came to the baptism and also to church on Sunday, and stayed the entire three hours. We are going to start having FHE with her and her three kids every week. I’m super excited for her! :D 

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