Monday, August 15, 2016

This Kind of Stuff Belongs in a Church Magazine

Email written: 8/15/16

What a difference this week from the other. We saw a lot (maybe too many) of miracles. I have to give a lot of credit to meu companheiro (that´s my companion in Portuguese) because of his example of simple humble faith. He just kept saying don´t worry Elder, the miracles will come. And then every day this week we did our part and everyday we were guided to where we needed to be. And Sunday was a good day for us and the other Elders because finally we had a baptism the same Sunday and the ward helped out a lot. We baptized another one of Cecilia's sons, Maxi. He´s 14 and is going to go to seminary starting tomorrow (and in 4 years is going to be Elder Guzman!!!) The crazy thing about Maxi is that he plays soccer and is pretty good at it. This Sunday he had a championship game and they were going to play in the River Stadium, a once in a lifetime opportunity. We asked him what he was going to do and he told us "i´m going to get baptized" and Sunday he got baptized and he said he knew it was the right thing to do.

Working with Cecilia has taught me 2 things. The first is what faith and goals will do. When we met Cecilia, she said that one day she knows all of her family will be members and they will get sealed and her 7 sons will go on missions. Slowly but surely that is being realized. To do great things doesn't always require a big show. But with humility, patience, and faith, so many things are possible. The other thing that I have learned is that God´s plan is perfect. 10 years ago an Elder Salazar from Savio, Buenos Aires, Argentina was serving in the mission ConcepciĆ³n Chile. He found a less active family and baptized their son Victor and 2 others. 10 years later this Victor, now Elder Monsalve was called to serve a mission in Buenos Aires and ended up in Savio, the same ward as the missionary who baptized him. One day Elder Monsalve was walking and talked to a group of kids and he took down their information. He forgot about the paper and when he left Savio, he gave it to his companion Elder Vides. almost 2 months later in divisions Elder Vides contacts all of the kids without any success. The last one was Macarena and Betty. Betty didn't want anything but at that moment Cecilia showed up and the elders set up an appointment to return the next day. Now Cecilia and 3 of her kids are baptized. This was 10 years in the making and it goes to show how God really does have a plan for all of us and we can't question or doubt when we have to pass through experiences. 

-Elder Steele

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