Elder Joshua Flake

Elder Joshua Flake

Monday, July 3, 2017

5.8.17 - Cajoeiro Seco, Brazil

So my companion Elder Coelho (Jackrabbit) and I had some crazy goals this week! We were pretty happy to take lots of investigators to church! 

Some good highlights from the week:

We taught a brother and sister, Jonatas and Rebeca. They are pretty awesome! We taught them about the restoration of the Gospel, where the Church of Christ that He established on Earth was taken away and fell into apostasy only to be restored by the prophet Joseph Smith. They then asked about what happens to all those people that are not baptized and all those that are not baptized properly (which is with the Priesthood of God). Do they go to heck? Do they get punished? We gave them a brief explanation on how Heavenly Father loves everyone, incuding those that have passed on. Jonatas was all ready to go to church....but Rebeca, although she wanted to go, had promised to go to her church.....but on sunday....SHE SHOWED UP WITH HER BROTHER. We took them to the family history consultant and showed them about familysearch.org where they could look up their family members and help their loved ones be baptized and enter into covenants with the Lord. 

We also found many others searching for the truth this week. We were headed to a service project at Sister Leêda´s house and unfortunately, the man that promised to help us didn't show up, and there exists a rule in which a man has to be present for us to be able to enter into a house of women. So what did we do? We clapped our hands at the gate of her neighbor and invited two guys to help us. They said "Simbora!" Which means colloquially Let's go! So we painted her house and killed two birds with one stone as we also explained how the Gospel of Christ functions. It was pretty awesome and they were pretty interested (one lots more than the other) As they were leaving, another woman that lives next door knocked on the front metal garage door thing and asked if she could wait with us....she had coincidentally lost her key to her house nextdoor and it was raining! So we took advantage of the moment and taught her as well. She loved the ideas that we presented such as how today we have a living prophet Thomas S. Monson that is just like Moses, who leads us and converses with Christ. She said that she doesn't like the fact that there are so many religions of Christ that teach in different formats and even convelute the teachings of Christ. She is already marked for baptism as well! We have 8 people marked for baptism! It is awesome! 

We also found some other great people to teach this week! We are pretty stoked! I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I know that this is how we can return to the prescence of our Heavenly Father! This week was full of countless experiences! Too many to put in words but I can say that God really loves His children. I wish that I could have expressed this love and this message much better to my friends from High School and the places that I have walked. I know that this message has the power to change lives and put them on the path to pure happiness.

Com todo amor no meu coração 

Élder Flake

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