New companion, New apartment, New word! (4-21-2014)

Queridos,
 
Transfers! After 7 months, Sister Olander and I are breaking up. Triste. I am going to miss her a ton. But, luckily, the Sisters are ALL still in Maputo, so for now, I can just walk down the hall and say hi. And now I am with Sister Woodman. I love her, and am SUPER excited to work with her. She is from Canada and speaks like, 5 different languages. She has such a good attitude and is really patient. I am pumped for this transfer!
 
This week, we finally got to watch some of Conference. Wow. I have such a strong testimony of living prophets. The messages were inspired and incredibly uplifting and instructive. I learned so much about Christ-like love, the importance of covenants, and of placing them in the center of our lives, and the immutability (I am 99% sure I made that word up) of God’s law. I loved Elder Andersen’s example of tree roots that grow in trying conditions, and the emphasis on true discipleship. The reminder to be grateful, and use our time wisely in this life. Such an amazing conference.
 
“God’s purpose is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” That is fundamental to all we do. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in things that we find fascinating or become so consumed by mundane responsibilities that we lose sight of God’s objectives. As you consistently focus your life on the most basic principles, you will gain an understanding of what you are to do, and you will produce more fruit for the Lord and more happiness for yourself.

When you focus your life on the basic principles of the plan of salvation, you will better concentrate on sharing what you know because you understand the eternal importance of the ordinances of the gospel. You will share what you know in a way that encourages your friends to want to be strengthened spiritually. You will help your loved ones want to commit to obey all of His commandments and take upon themselves the name of Jesus Christ.” – Elder Richard G. Scott, “I Have Given You an Example”

We are continuing to work with Bento and Isabel, Felipe and Liria, and a new family, Jorge and Gisella. Keep them in your prayers. This week, we read 1 Nephi 16 with Bento and Isabel. After Nephi broke his bow, he didn’t just wait around for God to bring him food. He made a new bow, then as a plan B, brought along some stones and a sling. Then the Lord showed him where to god. We must act in faith! We are exercising our faith that this amazing family will act on the truth they have received. Felipe and Liria are still working for their wedding and baptism in May, and we’re working on teaching the commandments with power and influence. We’re teaching Jorge and Gisella about the family.

In other news, Carlos finally asked us for the phone number of a single girl in our branch that we’ve been trying to set him up with for months. Like we know very well here in Maputo, CASAMENTO FOI ORDENADO POR DEUS! (Marriage was ordained of God!) 🙂

Things are going well. The Lord’s work is moving forward, and He is richly blessing us. I am happy and ever grateful to be in His service. Love you all!

 

Sister Baldwin

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