We had a week of miracles. Many things happened that I will never forget. Also some things that I want to forget.
First, we had a really hard day when Upili said that she doesn’t want her sons to be baptized. Sapa comes to church every Sunday and he wants to be baptized :(. One of our members from Guinea explained to us a little more about her customs. They sacrifice animals and literally make pacts with the devil. It’s kind of awful; but it’s also really sacred for them; so this will not be easy for us to help her. Last time we stopped by, she didn’t welcome us in like usual. We think the Jehovah’s Witnesses are teaching them now. They have books for children from them. I read one of them. It was bible stories. They changed a lot!!! They believe that if Eve didn’t eat the fruit, we’d all be in paradise right now 😦 When they talked about Christ, they explained that he was crucified and that he was resurrected, but nothing else. They don’t believe in the Atonement! I seriously wanted to cry. It’s seriously awful. The saddest part is that there are more members of Jehovah’s Witness in Portugal than our church. They also believe that only 137 people will be saved. I don’t really get it.
We were in the house of Hironette. We’re trying to help Solange get baptized. Her Dad walked in a little tipsy and started arguing with us. He said “I’m perfect, I’m Jesus, faith is impossible, the scriptures were written by men not god etc… blah, blah, blah.” We tried to leave. He got upset with me because he thought we were judging him; but really he wasn’t letting the spirit reside in their home. Sad Day:(
Beatrice, the daughter of the new family we found, was baptized in Lisbon Saturday! We had permission to leave our mission for her baptism. It was really great. The only thing is that the Bishop there doesn’t want their records to be moved to our branch; because they’re friends. It’s kind of bad; but we don’t have the keys to do anything about it. Only our branch president can talk to him; but he doesn’t want to. He wants to leave it to our new mission president.
We had another baptism yesterday! We had planned to do it at three; but we called the Elders of the chapel where we do baptisms that morning and they said they were going to have a baptism at one. We asked if we could do our baptism at the same time. In hindsight, we realized we followed the spirit. That morning, Monica was feeling tempted by the adversary. She didn’t really want to come to church; but she came. We left for the baptism right after church, with Monica. Our mission leader and branch president came along. We got there right in time and she was baptized after a little bit of confusion over the baptism clothes. When we asked her how it went, she said that she can’t feel her feet on the floor. She said that when she left the water she felt something heavy leave her. She felt clean and perfect. She felt the effects of the Atonement. Later that day, she told us that she was called in for work one hour earlier. If she had been baptized at three, like we had originally planned, she wouldn’t have been able to return in time. This experience testified for us that this isn’t our work but the Lord’s; and things happen the way they are supposed to when we follow the spirit. I felt in my heart that we truly have the power to receive revelation to help our investigators.
I love you all and I’ll tell you all how transfers go next week!
Love Sister Runyan