The Lord Is The One Directing This Work

Olá Everyone,

This week was pretty good. We found a family who is really, really nice. We had another lesson with Gabriel too. He is moving, but he’s going to keep taking the lessons in Porto with the missionaries there. I am really bummed. He is really cool and he has so much potential it’s crazy.

Also we are teaching a Cigana family now. Saturday night, we had a really powerful lesson with them. They really want to be baptized and quit smoking. The father, Costell, had told us that he was told he needs to pay tithing; but at this point in time it would be very difficult; because they don’t have real work. The spirit came over me, and I had one of the most sacred experiences of my mission. I had told him that if he would pay tithing by the end of this month, he would see a miracle. He and his wife were touched by the spirit. In that moment, I knew that those were not my words, but the Lord’s. That was a huge testimony builder for me. Costell and his family have amazing faith and I have no doubt that they will trust the Lord’s promises to them. They have so many obstacles in becoming self-sufficient members of the church; but they have more desire in their little finger than many members have in their whole body, including me.

I am so thankful that the Lord is the one directing this work and not me. My imperfections are becoming ever so more apparent every day. But I’ve decided that the harder you try to be good the more aware you are of the things you do badly. The trick is to just have patience with yourself and keep moving forward.

We are trying to create stronger relationships with our members. I have been baking cookies like a mad woman. One of the members here loves cookies. She invited us over to help her; because they never turn out for her. Well we came over and I helped the whole time but they turned out terribly. We couldn’t figure out what it was. We used the same recipe and everything. I made them the next day and they turned out fine. Baking is really weird here in Portugal.

Sister Runyan & EC
Sister Runyan and Ema Cruz
Batch of Ruined Cookies
Batch of Ruined Cookies

We had another investigator for like 2 days and then he disappeared. His name was Juan (his dad’s from Spain). Apparently, he was the shame of his family because he likes to party and he’s the “artist.” He told us he was famous. It turns out he was an extra in a movie once. He was a very interesting character. He’s a little lost and he’s looking for answers, but he is looking in a lot of the wrong places for them. We gave him a Book of Mormon and told him to pray about it. He left this Friday.

Maria José is a sad story 😦 She is 82 and had agreed to be baptized multiple times but had always backed out. This time one of our members had egged her on quite a bit. She is a good friend to her, but she is very child-like; they both are. Turns out this time was no different; she backed out again. This time we had the elders come and do an interview, but she was having mini- heart attacks. We invited the elders to give her a blessing while they were there. She wasn’t being entirely cooperative about it. But eventually, we convinced her that the blessing was something that could help her, so she agreed. Well I’m just glad the Lord is her judge and not me because he knows what she needs in this life and obviously we don’t.

Well that’s about it. Love you all.

Sister Runyan

We’ve Been Seeing A Lot of Weird Bugs.

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