Monday, September 15, 2014
It's been a long, hard week.
So, I´m kinda at a loss for words this week. It´s been a long, hard week. We are truly at war. Something that i´ve seen a lot of this week is that opposition will always come. It will come harder and faster and fiercer. All of our batisms fell through. Almost all of our marriages fell through. We are battling so hard with the forces of Satan. We teach, he tempts. We invite, he drives away. It´s a great back-and-forth. Recently, one of the city halls, out of nowhere, decided not to help the Church marry people for free. So we had to switch for another city hall. This week, we planned to take two couples there to mark a marriage. We got there too late and they were not marking any more until the next week. This morning, we arrived in the home of one of the couples, at 7 in the morning to go with them to the city hall. They told us that they had a fight and that we would have to wait for a while. Despite all of this opposition, we will keep fighting. The Lord is approaching. We know it and Satan knows it, and he´s doing everything he can to stop it. But we are not here to merely baptize or marry. We are here to prepare São Paulo for the Second Coming of the Messiah to usher in His Kingdom and to judge the world. I will keep fighting until the end! I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He is at my side, supporting me in this work. I know that God is our Heavenly Father and that He is all powerful. I testify of these eternal truths in the name of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, Amen. -- Élder Thomas Richins Ala Palmares Estaca Casa Grande Missão Brasil São Paulo Interlagos