Tuesday, April 8, 2014

7 April 2014
Hello Family and Friends,

This week my companion and I studied about charity, the pure love of Christ. This is an attribute of Christ that I want to work on for the rest of my mission and so on. Well, we were studying Moroni 7 and in verses 46-48 it says the following,

 "46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— 47 But acharity is the pure blove of Christ, and it endureth cforever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. 48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, apray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true bfollowers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall cbe like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be dpurified even as he is pure. Amen."

 These verses are very deep. What we discovered was that we must pray for the gift of charity, and with the energy of our heart. We put a sign on our door to remind us every day before leaving the house that we must pray for this gift. After praying for this gift Elder Dos Santos looked at me and said, get ready because God is going to give us many opportunities to be charitable. Well, that opportunity came.

Friday morning we were walking to a member's house for lunch when a Father, Mother, and teenage boy approached us. They told us that they were recent converts and had moved to our area a month ago. They mentioned that they had 8 children! We got their address and marked an appointment for 3:00pm the next day during the general conference break. After the first session of general conference we got together the High Priest responsible for our Ward and we went looking for this families house. We walked for about 20 minutes and we did not find their residence. We called them and found out that their house was located about a hour away on the outskirts of our area. In Brazil bikes or cars are out of the question so we had to make the hike on foot. At the end of the walk we had to climb a hill that just about killed me and then we arrived at their humble abode all sweaty and out of air.

This family of ten is living in a house about the size of our apartment. We got to know all of them and their story. We expressed our excitement for having a Family of ten with seven priesthood holders in our small ward. The high priest that was with us asked after the prayer, "Is there any thing we can do to help you all." We already knew but we had to ask, do you need food? They told us that they had been living on chocolate milk powder for the last few days. The Father was having trouble finding steady work. I saw the desperation in their eyes and it cut me to the core. I knew a little bit of how they were feeling as we were fasting and after that long walk in the sun I felt as if I were starving too. Without delay we went back to our apartment and gathered shoes, white shirts, ties, pants to give them. After that we went to the market and bought food to last them about 2 weeks. We called other Brothers from the ward to help transport everything to their house but no one could seem to help us at that moment. So we found a guy that was willing to help for 15 reals which was a great blessing. We transported everything to their house. They were absolutely speechless when we arrived with all the food and clothing. Grateful is not a strong enough word to describe what they were feeling.

It was about 9:20pm when all was accomplished and we were beat. I took a shower and collapsed on my bed. We offered a prayer of thankfulness for being able to help out this family and then my body shutdown for the night. The next day we arrived at the chapel for the Sunday morning session of conference and the whole Family was there! They were all dressed in church clothes and looking good. Even the Mother got a nice skirt from one of the other sisters. I sat down on the bench with that closed throat feeling I get when on the verge of crying. About a million thoughts passed through my head. The only thing I can say is that I love this gospel, I love Christ. I want to have the pure love of Christ in life. It is not easy but it is totally worth it. I learned a great lesson this week about love. While conference was going on we were out in the street putting into practice this eternal principle. I have so much to improve on in my life. I fail a lot. Sometimes I look at people with my natural eyes and not with my spiritual ones. I hope that in these last few months of my mission I can learn to love like our Savior. He is love and it is our duty to learn from him.

Lots of Love,

Elder Miller

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