January 27, 2020


Uruguaiana, Brazil


Elder Joshua Robbins

Week 32: Obedience Brings Blessings!

Brothers and Sisters,

This week was a bit crazy but it was a good week. We continued working with Paulo this week. He accepted all the commandments and is excited to be getting ready for baptism. We're super excited for him because he's known about the church for years now but he was never baptized until now. He's so excited about the church that this week he tried to bring a friend with him, the only problem is that the friend didn't show up where they were going to meet so he went to his house and found his friend asleep. In the end, he missed sacrament meeting, but he was trying to be a missionary so It'll be alright.

This week, we also got to meet Nathan. Nathan is 10 years old and has been going to church for a long time with the bishop's family. Last week he told his mom that he wants to be baptized. Until then his mom never let him be taught by the missionaries, but now his mom is letting him because she can tell that it's something he really wants. He's getting ready to be baptized next Saturday and he's super excited.

This week we had a cool experience to share. Last week, we had a family home evening, we were almost there when I said to Elder Robbins "Let's walk around the block to finish our 10 contacts" (Our mission has a rule that every missionary has to contact 10 people each day) We talked to people to each finish our 10 and on the last contact, the lady said "You can share a message on Monday, we'll have a family home evening and you can share the message". We were a bit surprised because street contacting isn't usually how you mark family home evenings, but we arranged all the details for the family home evening.

When we went there on Monday, we learned that this family has 4 children, one is an active member in our ward, one is serving a mission in Argentina, and the other 2 aren't members but they want to be baptized. The only reason they weren't baptized already is because they are waiting for the brother to get home from the mission. Their brother will return home in February and they invited us to start teaching and preparing them for baptism.

If we hadn't been perfectly obedient and contacted 10 people each, we would have never found this family. I know that obedience will always bring blessings, I love the scripture Mosiah 2:41 which talks about the commandments It says:

"And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."

The commandments are always given to us for a purpose, God wants to bless us but he can't unless we are obedient to the commandments. Sometimes it is hard to keep the commandments, but it's important to remember that commandments are more than just restrictions, they are guidelines to help us have a better life and help us prepare to meet God.

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