A FINAL! We finally got to watch Conference! Wow. It is an understatement when I say that it is my favorite time of the year. Even in a rented house, with few members, in translated Portuguese, I felt the strongest spirit testifying to me: we are led by a prophet of God. This is the Lord’s church. I was especially touched by the themes of personal revelation and the sacrament. Elder James J. Hamula said:
“The ordinance of the sacrament has been called “one of the most holy and sacred ordinances in the Church.”18 It needs to become more holy and sacred to each of us. Jesus Christ Himself instituted the ordinance to remind us what He did to redeem us and to teach us how we may avail ourselves of His Redemption and thereby live with God again […] Through the sacramental prayers, we express our acceptance of this doctrine of Christ and our commitment to live according to it. In our petition to God, our Eternal Father, we declare that we will “always remember” His precious Son. First, we witness our “willingness” to remember. Then we witness that we “do” remember.”
This was a profound and meaningful lesson to me. I want to make the sacrament a more meaningful and sacrament part of my discipleship.
Thist week, Emilia and Saucane are getting married and baptized! It has been a long and difficult journey with this family, and one that certainly doesn’t end here. But it’s a first step. We are so excited for them. We still need lots of prayers for Bento and Isabel! It looks like we have more challenges still to face with them. We have two new families, Jorge and Elsa and Zinha and Andre that are progressing really well. We’re excited to keep working with them. Tomorrow, we have a visit from Elder Clayton of the Seventy! He is coming to assess the proposal that our mission sent to organize a stake! I think we’re on the verge of something big…
I hope you all have a fantastic week! Love from Maputo!