Monday, July 6, 2015

4th of July Party!

(Sister Courtney Smith)
So this week went really well!! I´ll first talk about Zé. We had our second lesson with him but we felt prompted to talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ with him befor the plan of salvation. Oh boy he just ate it up! When we talked about faith you could just tell something hit him. He has so much faith in Jesus Christ and he wants to follow him! We set a date for July 11th  but he didn´t show up to his lesson or church but we did get a hold of him and we will teach him and hopefully reschedule him for the following week for baptism!! He works a lot but I know he has a true desire to follow our Savior!
Well this week was actually a lot of preperation because guess what??!! WE HAD A 4TH OF JULY PARTY!!!!!!!!!! Yes we really did! Sister Johnson and I thought it would be a great opportunity to have the members invite their friends to come and see the church and it´s members!! We spent all day making desserts and planning! They all LOVED IT! We had charcol hamburgers, homemade lemonade, chips, salad, rice crispy treats, and apple crisp!!! Portuguese people love America already so they thought it was the funnest thing to all get together and talk! Then we played water balloon volley ball with the towels and you pass it over the net! It was a blast! It pretty much just ended up in a water fight but it was fun! I even did my hair and everything but the youth went crazy and didn't care! They were still talking about it the next day! They all told us we need to do more parties like that! The pictures say it all!
Well my spiritual thought for the week is from the talk of Elder Hales, Through our faith in Jesus Christ, believing in His Atonement, repenting of our sins, and being baptized, we may then receive the supernal gift of the Holy Ghost. This gift provides knowledge and understanding, guidance and strength to learn and gain a testimony, power, cleansing to overcome sin, and comfort and encouragement to be faithful in tribulation. These incomparable blessings of the Spirit increase our freedom and power to do what is right, for “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

I  read this talk on the 4th of July and I thought it was very fitting!! It´s so true!! It is so important that we have our religious freedom, because when we have this we are able to more fully feel the spirit of God in our lives! We truly have freedom to be close to our Heavenly Father and his Son! I know that the history of the world and of America was all meant to be! And because of America, God was able to call another Prophet Joseph Smith to restore his gospel on the earth once again because He LOVES his children! He is our Father, He knows us and what we need. But we need to use our agency and choose to protect the freedoms we have so we can endure to the end! Anyways love you all and hope your 4th of July was amazing!

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