Finding the One in Ninety Nine

Olá Familia!

This has been somewhat of a crazy week. But things are still going greatJ. Time is flying by! In a couple of weeks, we have transfers and the mission will be split. But I’m not really thinking about it. Literally anything could happen this transfer. I still want to stay in Carregado. I feel like things are really moving forward here and my work isn’t finished here.

The Saga of Moving Houses!

  1. Sister Johnson and I left our house on the 11th floor and moved in with the Sisters of Povoa.
  2. Sister Da Luz and I moved away from the Sisters of Povoa and into the old house of one of our members. He’s still not finished moving out, so there’s still a lot of his stuff in the house.
  3. We needed to prepare the house on the 11th floor to return it to the owner. This was a huge, ongoing ordeal. Let’s just say a lot of its previous inhabitants didn’t leave it in the best shape. We were told that it needed to be cleaned by the end of this month, so we buckled down and got it done. No one really wanted to help us because they don’t want to walk 11 flights of stairs (the elevator was shut off), but some of them did and we will do something really nice to thank them. So ya, I’m really glad that’s over!

Investigators

We’re a little sad right now; because a lot of our investigators aren’t progressing.

Dina: She says she’s not smoking, but we smell it on her and we saw her smoking. She didn’t come to church yesterday and she doesn’t pray with us anymore. I think she’s feeling really inadequate and we don’t really know how to help her.

Sonia: She and her sister, Hironette, have testimonies, but they don’t really keep their commitments. It’s hard; because there isn’t really anyone their age at church. We literally have 1 active youth. Ideas on how we can help our youth program grow here?

Sara & Fabio: Sara is awesome! She loves our lessons and learning about the gospel. She prays and reads scriptures; but she isn’t coming to church or making any progress with smoking. We have done so much to try and help her. We gave her a program to quit smoking and helped her clean her house. I think it comes down to desire to stop; but how can we help her have more desire?

Sister Da Luz and I decided this week that we will rely more on faith. We are going to drop a lot of our investigators who aren’t progressing, not completely; but they won’t be our focus. We are going to invest a lot of effort in finding people who are prepared to do anything to follow Christ. This is really hard for me; because I see the potential of all our investigators and I know they can be that person. Sadly, if they don’t want it, I can’t help them.

I’ve been studying a lot about how Christ taught people. He loved everyone; but he never really spent his time with people who weren’t ready to follow him. He rebuked many people. I’ve been thinking about that lately; because he also was the shepherd who would search for the 1 in 99. Maybe the message is that really the one is sometimes literally the one and that we really have to search for the sheep that want to be found.

I also studied about faith. James E Talmage said in Jesus the Christ, “Though within the reach of all who diligently strive to gain it, faith is nevertheless a divine gift, and can only be obtained from God. As is fitting for so priceless a pearl, it is given to those only who show by their sincerity that they are worthy of it, and who give promise of abiding by its dictates. Although Faith is called the first principle of the Gospel of Christ, though it be in fact the foundation of all religion, yet even faith is preceded by sincerity of disposition and humility of soul, whereby the word of God may make impression upon the heart. No compulsion is used in bringing men to a knowledge of God; yet as fast as we open our hearts to the influences of righteousness, the faith that leads to life eternal will be given us of our Father.”

Love You All!!!

Sister Runyan

 

 

 

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