wow i dont know what to say.... tears started rolling down my face as soon as i read she was in a car accident the last thing as a missionary far away from home wants to hear is a loved one hurt....i cannot believe she rolled four lanes across the freeway! can you say miracle. im so glad that everything is okay i dont know what i would do if it was any worse... but i know the lord knows all things and is always protecting and guiding us. i sit here in tears of gratitude that it wasnt any worse then it was im glad she is okay and she will just have physical therapy. right before this letter i was filled with tears bc i read a letter about jenna having to go into an emergency surgery to take her gall blader out and i read this letter knowing that my sister was in a serious car accident.. you never know what live will throw at you but as we are steadfast in the gospel we know that we can make it through all. wow what a blessing.
im a little bit thrown right now so i dont know where to begin but the blessings are still rolling here in brasil. the lord never stops blessing us. last wed i got your package and ashleys package... it was great! i love packages and thank you mom for the medicine...ironically i got sick thursday and used everything you gave me... it got so bad that i could speak friday or saturday in any of the lessons but i got a priesthood blessings from a member that lives close to us and im doing better.
i just want to share a few experiences that i think all of you will enjoy a blessing of witnessing the lords hand in our lives. so mom the pics that you gave me in the package i cut them up and made special pics of the savior to give to each one of our investigators to be baptized this sunday. we were preparing junio, leo and marisa... but the story is with marisa. thursday i let her pick which picture she wanted of christ, i told her she needed to ´put it in a place that she will always see it perhaps in the bathroom mirror or where she sleeps so when she wakes up she can remember the decision she made to follow christ.. but when she told us that she still wasnt sure about baptism we told her she had to pray... friday we came back and we asked her how her prayer went she all the sudden said im ready i want to get baptized stunned we noticed a change in her but didn tknow wht it was.. she didnt tell details bc we had a member with us that lesson. so saturday she was interviewed and got the chance to talk to her more about her prayer and her sudden change. she said friday morning "i was at the sink and i remembered that i didnt pray so i stopped everything and prayed to heavenly father right then. i asked if this was the right path and that you two were really showing me the right way for not only me but for my family" after her prayer she said she was still just waiting and thinking about what she would do and all the sudden her little two year old son came in with the pic of christ that i gave her and said " mom keep this" in that moment she knew that was her answer because the pic was hidden and her son didnt know where it was. she was grateful for her answer and decided to follow the savior. i was moved to tears knowing that i was able to give her the picture that my mom was inspired to send and it helped her on the right path of our heavenly father.. (thanks mommy).
sunday was a wonderful day although sick i was able to get out of bed early and get all of our investigators to church minus marisa... sacrament passed and we were really worried as to why marrisa hadnt showed up to church. we left the meeting to call her and as we looked out the window we saw her daughter walk up, "sister she came!" we ran down the stairs to help her. she said sorry were later but we made it right... all three were baptized this sunday and was a baptism never to forget the spirit was strong and all of them felt the happiness that comes from remission of our sins...later that night junoio also expressed his gratitude to us for all that we did to help him on the right path. he shared an experience with us that brought comfort knowing we were helping him make the right choices he said,"we just have to have faith and believe we can follow the savior and he will do the rest" he is amazing and always wants to talk about missionary work he has 23 years and is thinking about going on a mission although he has a lot of time before he leaves he wants to prepare.
the lord is blessing us more then i can tell in stories or emails. i cant express the joy i am feeling knowing that i am representative of christ and im on his errand every min and every sec off the day. many missionaries think its a sacrifice to leave for a mission leaving all behind, family, friends, school...marriage... to serve the lord but when your out here you realize you receive many more blessings then if you were to stay at home..
i finished the book of mormon today in portugues.. it was a good feeling to finally finish. the last couple chapters in the book of mormon are all about faith and invites to follow our savior. im learning more and more about faith that god literally cant do anything for you until you have faith. you have to believe that he will bless you and have faith that everything will work out... whether it does or not that is up to the lord but our part is to BELEIVE. believe him and come unto him. the savior taught us how to live, he taught us how to die and he is our savior to our salvation. all he asks is to come unto him a simple invite that all the prophets since adam proclaimed until today. its simple.
im working on my faith everyday... you think it would be easier to have faith but its something we strive to gain as an attribute of chirst little by little everyday..
i love our savior. i know he lives. i know that our heavenly father watches over us and protects us in all moments. we never know when it is our time to leave this earth so we have to act like everyday is our last. im grateful that mandy is okay and that she has this great experience to build her faith and testimony that she is daughter of god worth more then rubies..
i love you all stay strong... with faith
sister aubree lyn corbin