The Sunday before Christmas, we met a man named Francisco. Sis. Lewis and I contacted him on the street. He gave us his information. We promised we would be back in touch, but it was not until the last week in January that we were able to find him again.
The week Sister Thornley and I went on splits, we committed to find Francisco. Sister Thornley and I tracked him down and invited him to Aula de Ingles (English class). He came that Wednesday and has been back every week since. He almost immediately became interested in gospel instruction as well. In fact, we taught him all of the lessons in two weeks. The change in him has been so great. We taught the word of wisdom. Two days later we met with him. He said that he had given up everything that was getting in the way of him getting baptized. He reported that he had only been drinking juice and water and that he felt so much better!
We had a little bit of a scare because Satan had been working on him. When we met with Francisco Thursday, he told us that he didn’t want to be baptized. He was struggling with studying the gospel. He was worried about money problems and he hadn’t eaten. We taught him a lesson and he was encouraged again by the spirit. We talked about the blessings that come from being baptized and we encouraged him to go home and eat which he did. Like Sister Lewis says “Food solves all problems”.
On Saturday, he was a new man. Not just because he had eaten and felt better but also because he was baptized. It was a joyous and funny experience. The Brother who baptized Francisco put him down in the water so hard that it splashed out of the font and onto the feet of one of the witnesses standing near the font. It took all my will not to laugh! I was so happy for him.
One of the reasons so many are coming to the waters of baptism here in Mirtejo is because of the members. So many of them support missionary work. I’d like to highlight one couple in our ward. They tell us they are always available to go out and teach with us. In fact, I have decided that if I ever need to find some Portuguese parents, they will be the ones here in Miratejo. Bro. and Sis. Santos are always willing to serve with the missionaries. Plus they feed us amazing food every week! It’s really nice to be loved and supported.
Last but not least, the work of the Lord is growing in Miratejo. Elders were added to our district. Sis. Lewis and I have been working alone. It will be great to have them join us, Elders Jones, Pitcher, Eldridge, and Schroeder. Welcome Elders.
That’s all a have this week!
Tchau Bom Dia!