Dear People of Earth,
This Sunday, by way of many simple miracles, we were able to watch the Saturday Afternoon session of General Conference with our group here. It was wonderful to hear the voice of the living prophets! I never in my life had to sacrifice to do something as simple as watch General Conference. Here, it was down to the very last minute that it worked out. The Lord provided all that we needed, but it was literally minutes before our Sunday meeting that piece fell in its place. We were also blessed to have our a growing frequency. Last week we had 21 people in our Sacrament Meeting. This week we had 22! The Lord grows His work through small and simple ways.
Yet again, I have more exciting news from Santa Inês. This Wednesday, Elder Gouvea and I are going to separate into Santa Inês 1 and 2, receiving new companions. I´ll be training a new American here in Brazil named Elder Walker. Elder Gouvea will serve with Elder Ruiquelme, from Chile. With two duos working here, it´ll be much easier to meet and beat our goals. Just to give an idea of how much we need two companionships here, here´s some numbers of what´s happened here: The Church has been opened here for about a month. In this month, we have 4 complete member families already (2 in Santa Inês and 2 in a nearby city, Vitórial, which comes one time per month). We have 18 families to teach and many other individuals, almost all of which are men. We already have a building full built and functioning in which we have our services. The Lord´s prepared this city for a very long time.
I´ve come to learn for myself how much the gospel is necessary in this very fallen world. There truly is opposition in all things. I warn you all, there is no happiness in sin. Wickedness never was happiness.
When we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost after baptism, we are filled with the heavenly music that accompanies conversion. Our hearts are changed, and we “have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually” ().