Interview with el Presidente

This week has been absolutely wonderful. This week we had interviews with President Castro. I love interviews with Presidente. They are an amazing opportunity to get inspiration as if it were directly from God himself. President Castro has an amazing love for all of us missionaries. Seriously. When he talks to you he emanates love, and peace. He truly is a man of God. President Castro is an extremely spiritual man. We also had the opportunity to say farewell to President and Sister Castro this week because they will be leaving at the end of this month back to their own homes and their own lives. I am truly grateful to have met them. President and Sister Cruz will be our new ‘mission parents.’ They are from Rio de Janeiro.

So other than interviews, we decided to work close to the chapel this week. We found a number of families close to the chapel that we have started to teach. One lady that we found is super special (Lucia). Her work schedule is super crazy and she works just about every Sunday. However this last Sunday she was able to come to church in the afternoon rather than in the morning (during a sacrament session that is not part of our ward). She asked us to accompany her (as she didn’t know any of the Irmãos). As luck would happen, President and Sister Castro participated during the fast and testimony meeting. The testimonies born were really great, the spirit was so strong and overall it was an absolutely smashing meeting. It truly was a wonderful experience for her and I look forward to the day of her baptism. She is so special and has such a willing heart. Her baptism is marked for two weeks in the future. I hope and pray that she will be prepared for that day! The gospel truly does change people’s lives. One of my very favorite things is see the change that occurs when people come to know the truth and when they let the atonement work in their lives. Truly wonderful.