Monday, June 2, 2014

BAPTISM OF E!

Hello Family! 

It sounds like this was a huge week for you guys! Everybody starting the summer, Brindi leaving middle school, Austin preparing to leave home for a bit over 2 years :D And you guys sold the Love Bus! That was such a distinguishing feature of our family. I hope the floors on the new van are comfy enough to sleep on.

As for our missionary work during the week!

This week was the baptism of E, the boyfriend of a young woman in our ward that will leave for a mission. I am happy to have been a part of teaching E, because I believe he will also leave for a mission after the 1 year wait. He already has 20 years, but he will definitely make a great missionary. I will send pictures this next week.

This last Wednesday we were walking down one of the streets close to home and we saw a man sitting, reading the Bible. We decided to speak with him. Our conversation went like this:

Hello Brother. Could we have a moment to speak with you.

Of course! My name is Pastor Beto. I'm preparing my sermon for mass tomorrow.

It's nice to meet you Pastor Beto. We are missionaries of God. Our names are......We have been sent by God to talk with you today. Pastor Beto, God wants you to be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ. Do you believe that God wants this for you, Pastor Beto?

No, of course not! I am already saved! My name is already written in the Book of Life! ......etc.

5 minutes later. Invitation to pray to know if God wants him to be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ.

(Pastor Beto) Brothers, I will make a deal with you two. This Sunday I will go to your church in the morning if you go to my church at night.

Absolutely Brother. We would love to visit your church.

In the end, he wasn't able to make it this Sunday. But we decided to make good on our promise and go to his church. We spoke with our Zone Leader who spoke with President Scisci and we got permission for everything. So we traveled about 30 minutes to where his church was and stayed there for about 1 hour and a half. 

Does the Assembly of God exist in the US?  Besides the Catholic church, I believe Assembleia de Deus is the most popular church around here. It was mostly loud microphone singing and some woman that preached so forcefully to the congregation that after the sermon she had to ask a blessing from the Pastor because of a headache. We're excited for this next Sunday when he will visit our church and feel the Spirit testifying to him that he needs to be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ, along with his entire congregation. :D


This last week was the Stake Conference. We were able to have the meeting here in Capanema. The Stake President and President and Sister Scisci were all present, as well as 3 surrounding wards and Salinas. It was packed with people! I was able to play piano for all the hymns and violin for the special musical numbers with the Choral. We sang "Oh, How Lovely was the Morning" to the tune of "Come thou Fount" and it was a big hit! When I played violin Elder Da Rosa also played the piano accompaniment with the basic piano part.

I was able to divide with the Elders in Salinas this week. It was great to stay there 1 day and work with the people I love so much. There's always a different feeling in Salinas. One day I hope to show you all the city and the people there. You all would love it!

1 more miracle experience for you all. We were walking on the street this last Wednesday on the way to our lunch. There was a young man walking alongside with us. We didn't even ask his name, we just invited him to be baptized. He accepted! That night we visited him and his family and we are planning his baptism for this Saturday. (He accepted baptism the next day, but he had to travel to his Aunt's house).

Thank you all for all of the support and love! Share the gospel with your friends and loved ones! Lose the fear to tell them what they need in their lives! Tell them that God wants them to be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ, because it's true! This is His desire. If we have doubts we can pray and ask him directly. Introduce your friends to the missionaries in your ward so that the servants of God can help your friends to be baptized in His true church. Vamos lá, servir o Senhor!

I will make a challenge to everybody who will read this letter who is a member. Invite at least one of your friends to speak with the missionaries because God wants them to be baptized in His Church. You can't just invite them to speak with the missionaries, but to be baptized as well! Do you want to be a part of the conversion of your friends? Let everybody know about God's restored church!

As for everybody who is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ that is reading this letter, I know that God wants you to be baptized in His Church. Prepare for this baptism by speaking with His servants, the local missionaries. The day of repentance is today. If you have doubts or questions, ask Him directly. Pray to God, asking "Should I be baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ?" If you are praying with faith you will feel strongly that this is His desire for you.

Called to Serve,
Elder Gale

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