March 2, 2020


Uruguaiana, Brazil


Elder Joshua Robbins

Week 37: "Blessed and Happy State of Those Who Keep the Commandments"

Brothers and Sisters,

This week was really exciting. We had two baptisms this week! Nathaniel and Thalita are siblings that we have been teaching for about a month now, I shared the story about how we found the family a few weeks ago:

"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 a less active member in our ward, one is serving a mission in Argentina, and the other two 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."

Nathaniel and Thalita are the two siblings who weren't members, but we've been teaching them and helping them get ready for baptism and this week they were finally baptized. Their brother got home from his mission in Argentina last week and performed the baptism.

We're also working a lot with Johnny's parents, this week we marked a marriage date for March 27th and they'll get baptized the same day, the only thing they have to do between now and then is stop drinking coffee. They're both super excited to get baptized and will be a family super strong in the church.

Thanks for all the love and prayers, have a great week!
Elder Walker


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