September 15, 2014
It was such a great week here and I am loving my new area. It’s different, and sad to think I am leaving soon, but I am treating this transfer as if it’s not my last transfer and trying to build strong relationships with the people here in Santo Andre.
As you all know, my favorite hymn is “Children of Our Heavenly Father.” https://www.lds.org/music/text/hymns/children-of-our-heavenly-father?lang=eng
After Grandma Dixon passed away and I had to learn the music to play for the funeral, I became entranced with the words to this hymn and I loved the message it portrayed. Heavenly Father literally is our Father and He loves us with the most infinite and perfect love that exists. He gives us things and He takes away things in our lives, but He knows what will benefit us the most in the end. I always read the words to this hymn when I am feeling down or alone and without fail, I feel my Heavenly Father’s love every time!
This week I pondered about how we are all children of our Heavenly Father and how much He loves each and every one of us. I have said this before, but I think one of the greatest parts about being a missionary is the ability to feel a teency portion of the love God has for each one of his children. We see others in a different light when we are helping them learn about the gospel. And throughout my mission, I have had the grand opportunity to meet many of God’s children from many parts of the world and from many walks of life. I feel like this week in particular, we met some awesome people and it really made me feel I am sooo lucky to be a missionary right now!! I get to meet God’s amazing children daily and feel of God’s love for them. Here are some examples of some wonderful children of God whom I have met here in Brazil:
· Jose Carlos--We met him while we were door knocking here and we taught him this week for the first time. Jose Carlos makes and sells Brasilian percussion instruments (probably why I thought he was so cool). However, last year, he was making a drum and he accidentally cut off his own hand! How awful! But, he learned how to continue making and playing drums and is really so positive about his situation. What a cool lesson on positivity!
· Viviani--One day we were searching for a woman in an apartment complex and we met an eighteen-year-old named Viviani. She started asking us the most absurd questions about religion that we had no idea how to respond to. However, we started teaching her about the restoration and plan of salvation and though they didn’t have direct answers, she said she felt peace about her questions and didn’t need the answers right now. She is absolutely hilarious and really makes me think. I am grateful for people who challenge us and help us seek new knowledge.
· Conceicao--We met her on the street one day and went back to teach her another day. She offered to make lunch for us and truly made a feast. She has tons of children and grandchildren and her husband passed away. Many of her children and grandchildren have problems with drugs and alcohol but she continues to fast and pray and have faith one day they will come around. She really took us in and became a Brasilian grandmother of sorts.
Although not everyone we meet progresses in the gospel, I still feel really lucky to meet these children of God daily. I am loving the experiences I am having and I am so grateful because I have learned, through feeling love for others, more about how Heavenly Father feels about me. The gospel is true, folks. There isn’t a doubt about it!!
Have a great week,