Monday, July 25, 2016

Story time

Below is Elder Olivier's email that we received today!  He's doing well and shared an amazing story!

Hi everyone!

This week was super cool, like every single week! We did splits with the elders that work in downtown Manaus, so my companion went there and I stayed here in Manacapuru. We had a baptism in the middle of the week of one of our investigators, the mother of a boy and a girl that are already members. It was a really special baptismal meeting!

Recently we have been teaching a man named Marcos. We were knocking doors one day when we talked to a young man who was outside his house. We asked if we could talk to him and his whole family, and he led us behind the house, to another house. We thought he was going to go into that house, but he went around it too, so we followed him to a third house, a tiny house made of wood that was close to a kind of swampy area. We never imagined that there would be a house there. We talked to the young man´s uncle, and he was super surprised and said that no one has ever visited his house before. We marked an appointment with him to leave a message on another day and invited him to church. Long story short, he went to church (wait what, he went to church?!?!), he loved it, and we taught him about the Restoration. He pretty much told us that as soon as we knocked on the door he already knew that the church was true, because he had been praying to know which church he should follow. And when we visited his house it was an answer to his prayer. Holy cow. He accepted the invitation to pray about the Book of Mormon and to prepare to be baptized. We left, and came back another day. This time he told us a story. He said that he wanted to know FOR SURE that our visit was an answer to his prayer. He said that when he prayed, he asked God that if we are really true representatives of Jesus Christ, that God would send rain. 

In this time of the year here in Amazonas, rain is pretty rare, because it is the dry season. It hasn´t rained here for weeks.

But this week it rained. A lot.

So much that it kind of messed up our work for a couple of hours on Wednesday, and we were kind of like "darn you nature!" 

Marcos said that when he finished praying, it started raining. And when he told us this story, he was kind of going crazy because he was so happy. 

So that is probably one of the coolest things that has happened on my mission so far. Miracles are real, but they only happen after we show our faith in God. And Marcos has a lot of faith. 
Scripture! -> Ether 12:6. 

I hope you all have a great week! Tchau!

Élder Olivier!

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