October 2, 2017
Hello, hope that everything is well!This week went really well, and I am now in my last transfer :O.
What is the secret to life? My wonderful missionary has a beautiful answer...Something that I have learned from my experiences this week and in General Conference is that maybe the secret to mission life or home life, or the transition between the two is to learn to love being in the service of God. Not to love being in a place, or in the service of something specific, or even to love a routine. But to love being in the service of God. I don´t have a doubt that service oportunities will run out or that sometimes there will only be few to go around. On the contrary the want to serve our Heavenly Father needs to become our instinct and our joy. The scriptures say that by so doing we will become His children, even as He is. I think that is the secret to life ... love.
This sweet story is what missions are for...having a love for people and sharing with them principles of truth and joy. Sharing a knowledge that opens up doors for peoples hopes. Providing answers to questions that lead them onto a life more centered on Christ.This week we were able to teach Charle´s family (sister and mom). We had a really special lesson with him and his sister, Vitória. She is 16. We had given her a Book of Mormon to read on her trip last week to the interior. She came back to report that she had not been able to put it down, and the amazing thing is that she doesn´t like to read. We taught her about Joseph Smith, and when I recited the first vision she became emotional. It was a very sweet experience because I felt inclined to talk about God´s disposition to respond to our prayers instead of focusing on the restoration of the church. Afterward, when we asked her what she was thinking about our message, she began to cry and expressed how she had really been in need of our visit. She too felt as Josph Smith had, and is now hopeful to know a little more about the character of God. She accepted baptism, and we are hopeful that Charles will be able to baptize her!!! It was a really special experience between the 4 of us. Each person felt sincerely blessed to know the others, and we were all able to clearly see God´s hand in letting us meet, and for the gospel between us.
With lots of love,
|Sister Peters, Irma Joyce, and Sister Long at the local Stake Center watching General Conference|