Date

February 24, 2020

Area

Cabeça Carreira

Companion

Elder Andrew Todeschini

Trying to be like Jesus

This video will benefit you a lot more than anything I say so please watch:https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/inspiration/latter-day-saints-channel/watch/series/bible-videos/for-god-so-loved-the-world?lang=eng
Hey everyone! Sorry I didnt write last week I ended up talking to my momma for a little longer than usual but gotta have your priorities straight. The week before last we worked a lot and then had Branch conference. Elder Todeschini lead a choir and I played piano and we sang "Fala-se com Amor" (Love is Spoken Here). I love the pure messages the primary songs have (more on that later). This week we spent a lot of time getting ready for Sandra and Sindiane's baptism. It was a little stressful but totally worth it. I went on a division with Elder Cañenguez to do their baptismal interview. We did the interview then had a family night. They brought out cake around the time we were supposed to leave, so you know we had to stay there and enjoy some good cake. Then we ran through a cornfield at 9:20 at night to get home on time. We made sure to grab a couple rocks to fend off any attacking demons (aka the dogs here). To go to and from the division we had to get a Hilux (pickup truck with a cage over the bed and benches along the side of the bed). That was a pretty rough trip bc we were going 60 mph through the mountains. Saturday we had the baptisms and it was awesome! I had the opportunity to baptize Sindiane and it was a great experience. 

On Friday we were getting the chapel ready for the baptism and I stopped for a bit to play piano. I played "Im Trying to Be Like Jesus" and what hit me the most was the chorus which starts off "Love one another as Jesus loves you. Try to show kindness in all that you do." I thought about how Christ didnt just go around complimenting everyone and telling them how good of a job they're doing; he boldly called many, many people to repentance, but it was ALL motivated by love. We have proof of that when Christ declared from the cross: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." As He was passing through the excruciating pain of being crucified, He is still pleading for the welfare of the souls of those that crucified Him. This great manifestation of love always touches my heart. Christ is never going to stop pleading out case. He gave His life for each and every one of us. He's always there with open arms to accept us, and I invite all of you to think about what more you can do to grow closer to Him. 
Love yall!Elder Bennett
1. Sandra and Sindiane's baptism2. District meeting (the Sister bought the sweaters for $2 each on the way to the meeting so we made the best of the situation)




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