This week was a blurr! I have officially passed my 6 months mark. One more year to go. 358 days to be exact. Not like I´m counting or anything... because I love it here! The work has been hard lately, but we have been blessed.
Families have just been showing up everywhere this week! We have an investigator who wants to get married so bad, but her boyfriend doesnt and she has like 5 kids who are so adorable. We gave her A Proclamation to the World: The Family. She loved it. I really hope it will touch her and she will agree to be baptized and we hope that we can work with her boyfriend and hopefully he will want to get married! Oh the Spirit can do great things! Then we got the August Liahona, and everyone needs to read the article on the family proclamation. seriously amazing. It really is crazy how the prophets receive revelation for our time.
They know much better than we do, and a lot earlier too. Just seeing the different dimensions of families here really helped me see how important family is. We can´t do everyhint on our own. At times, I definitely think i can, but then I find out real fast that i can´t. Here´s a snipit from the article, but you have to read the whole thing too!
``The joys of human love and family belonging give us
hope, purpose, and a desire to live better. They make
us long for the day when we will take the hands that
have held ours and together enter the Lord’s presence.There we will embrace our loved ones and stay with
them always, to “go no more out” (Revelation
For many years society generally supported this inborn).
longing to belong. Of course, families had problems,but most people still believed that “tying the knot” of
marriage created a relatively permanent family unit.And those knots held the fabric of society together, with
“hearts knit together in unity and in love” (Mosiah18:21).
In recent generations, however, the fabric has
increasingly frayed as we have experienced what some
writers call “the collapse of marriage.”4 Many people
outside the Church no longer see marriage as a source
of long-term commitments. Rather, they now see
marriage and even childbearing as temporary personal
options. Yet permanent commitments to marriage and
parenthood are like two anchor threads running
through the design of our social tapestry. When those
threads fray, the tapestry can unravel and we can lose
the plot of the universal love story.
The family unit truly is of God. We are much happier with a family to support us, to have parents who are legally married, with a commitment to work things out when times get rough. I had a really hard time explaining why marriage was important when I first came out. I never really had thought about it, but now I see it. The knowledge that we have as members, that our families can be together forever, is something special. A gift much more precious than anything else. Me and Sister Friaça are going to switch up our focus a bit, and really concentrate on families. Bringing the joy that comes from having a family centered on the gospel, with a vision of the temple.
I love you all! Thanks for all the support you guys give me in your emails every week!