Monday, June 26, 2017

Christ is a sure foundation

Ola familia tudo Bem!

So I decided to cut my own hair this week. 10 out of 10 would recommend. It took 3 days and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Pictures will be coming next week. But ya, we have learned the lesson and Elder Fogg will NOT be cutting his own hair in the near or far future. This week we had a lot of cool stories.

Funny story: Quase demos uma referencia para as Teshemunhas de Jeova. So we contacted a African guy about 4 weeks ago. *Ironically we also contacted his wife on the same day, and the sisters contacted him 2 days later. I think the Lord might want him to hear our message -- I don't know* We have been trying to get in touch with this Carlos for the past few weeks and every time he says he'll be there but he never shows up. We usually call him afterwards to see why he never shows up and he always says that he passed by but no one was there. We usually are there waiting for him so we thought that was strange. We were walking to church this past Sunday and we ran into him. He asked us where our church was, so we pointed it out. Turns out because the way we describe where our church is located, he thought our church was the JW church because both are near the train station and next to tunnels. Oops!

Miracle of the week: Estamos a encontrar os ELEITOS! So the past couple of weeks Elder Moses and I have been walking around Olhao a lot, talking to people in the streets -- trying to see who can wear out their shoes the fastest (I'm winning). But this last week instead of just trying to talk with people in the street, we started to testify and bare our testimony a lot about why we are here on a mission to Portugal. With that difference, people started to see our sincerity and I think they felt the spirit too so we had a lot more appointments this week. We taught 2 people who were super "Eleito" this week - Fernando and Ceilia. Fernando is a Security Guard by day, theater junky by night. He is going through some rough times with his family but he told us his beliefs and he basically outlined the plan of salvation. We only had time to share a scripture with him. Elder Moses shared Helaman 5:12 with him which says

"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

With the difficulties he was passing through, this scripture really helped him. We all can learn that Christ is a sure foundation. We will always have things happen that will shake our testimony for a time but if we build on Christ who is our redeemer, always trusting in his grace and mercy, we will overcome anything life throws at us.

Elder Fogg
Missão Portugal Lisboa

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