Dear Family and Friends:
I hope you all had a wonderful week! I hope the weather was good, at least better than here. Let me give you a run down of our week.
Tuesday: We woke up at 4 in the morning because rain was hitting our faces. Yep, that´s right! It was raining so hard that it was coming in our windows, even the windows that were closed. We got up and ran around the house pulling everything away from the walls (our desks were covered in water). Then, we decided to go out on our balcony to see what was up. To our surprise, we went outside to see that the highway we live off of was completly flooded! Traffic was stopped and the water was covering some of the headlights on the small cars, and hitting the doors of the buses. We watched a dog swim across the street, and another kid have difficulty climbing up into the bus because the current was trying to pull him away. And it was still raining! But when we woke an hour and a half later, there was no water in the streets! Where did it go? We may never know….
However, there are still a lot of people here who don´t have water or electricity in their houses. We luckily regained power that night, but there are still people who don´t have it, so we are counting our blessings and praying for those who still don´t have power.
Other than that crazy weather, we were also able to teach the ten commandments to a couple we are teaching, as well as the Word of Wisdom. They both had a lot of questions, but also told us how much it made sense that God wants to protect our bodies and give us rules to protect us.
Then, we had a great lesson with our other investigator, who we taught three lessons this week. The highlight of lesson one was when we explained why our bodies our temples – that we are created in the image of God. After we read the scripture in Genesis (first book in the Bible) we asked our investigator what it meant. He said “So, we are created in the image of God.” There was a pause, and then he said “COOL!” with a huge smile on his face. It was not the answer my companion and I were expecting, and we almost couldn´t stop laughing 🙂
We also had a great experience with a member lesson this week. We explained a new commandment from God, and the member was able to help us explain about this commandment. Our investigator felt really bad because he had previously made this mistake in his life, but when we explained about baptism and how it washes away our sins, there was a sweet Spirit that I know everyone could feel. I came out of that lesson remembering how important baptism is. It is not just something we do; it literally washes away our past sins and gives us the keys to become pure again and continually repent. And after we are baptized, we are given the Spirit of God to accompany us at all times. I never realized until this week how essential that spirit is, but I want to share a scripture I read this week. It says:
“And now verily verily I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good – yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously, and this is my Spirit.
Verily, verily I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit , which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy…” Doctrine and Convenants 11:12-13
The Spirit of God is JOY. The Spirit of God helps us CHOOSE THE RIGHT. It PURIFIES us. I know that when we are baptized and recieve this gift, that it literally hands us the tools to be worthy of exaltation if we live to be worthy of the Spirit of God. That is why baptism is important, and not just in any church, but in the
Church of God, that has the power to give this Spirit of God to people who are baptized.
I testify of this church. It is the Church of Christ. I know it with all my heart.
I love you all so much. Keep serving God with all your might. Thank you for your support and your prayers!
Hermana Miclyn Noorda