I'm still here in Portugal! and its still lovely loulé. Except that its even more lovely now because the weather has changed. and for the first time in my life I am grateful for dayight savings. Its warm when we leave the apartment and the sun doesn't go down until about 8:30 and then its still not really cold which makes it great for talking to people in the street ALL DAY LONG.
There was a massive festa here for some saint or other. There are often festas here. But that meant that the only people who stayed home were people who really didn't believe in saints. Which was cool. We met this guy named Miguel who when we first showed up said that he didn't believe in God, but then we kept talking to him for a while and he opened up a bit more and talked about how its so wrong that everyone goes to worship the saints and that we should only worship God (its so funny how often people who "don't believe in God" have things to say like that) and then he said that if God really existed why didn't He ever come talk to man, why does he only send Christ. Basically he was all primed to accept the 1st lesson so we taught that as simply and briefly as we could and invited him to pray. So when we find him at home today or tomorrow I hope he will have prayed. Because I know, 100%, that Heavenly Father answers every humble heartfelt prayer, in His time and in His way, but He absolutely answers, and that ANYone who prays sincerely to know if the Book of Mormon is true and if Joseph Smith is a prophet will receive an answer. Its that sincerely part that gets people, because God is so incredibly merciful that He doesn't give us more light or knowledge than we are ready or willing to receive. He respects our agency soooo much and wants us to succeed sooo badly.
I love this simple explanation in Alma 32 for the question that soo many people have.
- As palavras Dele (faladas por Ele ou por profetas quando eles dizem, “Assim diz o Senhor”);
- Os Seus atributos; e
- A Doutrina de Cristo (vejam o cartão o nosso “Propósito” e
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