Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy 19th birthday Nathanael!!

I'm missing Nathanael today. It's his 19th birthday and he's far from home. I'm sure that the people of Brazil will take good care of him on his special day. I love you bud!!





Monday, August 7, 2017

P-day 46: Day 328 - "I had a feeling that I would be able to make a difference in her life..."

Here is Nathanael's letter from today. No pictures to go along with it but he seems to be doing really well.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATHANAEL! WE LOVE YOU!!

Hello parents!!

It's been such a good week. I was not transferred, but my companion's leaving (he's gonna be a district leader, wow!) and I'm getting a guy who's dying this transfer, Elder Andrade. He's already been a zone leader so I'm hoping I'll be able to learn a lot from him. In other news, we have 2 investigators who are going to church and who can be baptized this transfer. One of them is Edson, the guy who talked to us on the bus, who was almost baptized this week but is still working through word of wisdom stuff, and the other is Michelle, the sister-in-law of a really awesome member, Dora, who went to church for the first time this week and is trying to decide what she wants to do.

This week went kinda slow because we haven't had much success in finding new investigators, but the good news is that what we have is doing great. This week I've been focusing on being more obedient in little ways -- for example, being more observant of schedule stuff. I've been feeling really good. Keely (remember Keely? We email back and forth every week haha) sent me a talk that her mission president gave about obedience that is excellent -- it's so good that I sent you guys a copy. I think he's exactly right, and it's been helping me a lot. I'm not perfect but I'm trying to do my best and I think that's the right balance.

I had a really powerful and special spiritual experience that I wanted to share with you guys this week. On Thursday we were with Dora and Michelle and Dora asked us to give her a blessing, because of some crazy stuff that has been happening in her apartment complex. Right before I gave the blessing, I had a feeling that I would be able to make a difference in her life in that moment. When I put my hands on her head, I felt the Spirit so strongly, and I felt so strongly the love that God has for her. I knew exactly what to bless her with, and I felt so great. I felt like in that moment God was able to work through me to bless her life in a significant way. What's even cooler is that during the blessing, I was inspired to tell her that God would defend her family and fight like a lion for her -- it was an image that appeared in my mind and the only way I felt I could communicate what God was saying. Well she started to cry, and I did too because of what I was feeling, and later she told me that in her patricarchal blessing the patriarch used the exact same phrase, and that she knew in that moment that God was mindful of her and protecting her. That was such a privelige. I don't know why God decided to use me to bless her with that experience but either way I feel really lucky and blessed to have been in the right place at the right time to have had that experience. It literally made my week, and also made me feel loved by God. It was really amazing.

That was the spiritual highlight of the week. I'm hoping the spiritual highlight of this week will be ----- BAPTISMS!!! I'll let you guys know. My birthday should be fun too, I hope. Love you guys tons. Sounds like your personal construction project is going well -- good luck with that -- and hope you have a great week.

Thanks,
Elder Sederholm