Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stake Conference experience

Want to share an experience from a Stake Conference  August 31, 2014
Don't share a lot of experiences on our blog but choosing to share this experience from a recent Stake Conference in Campo Grande.  It was a powerful experience that will not soon be forgotten

President and I were invited to attend a Stake Conference in Campo Grande.  The invitation from the President Costa who is our Area President.  Campo Grande in the South of our Mission in Mato Grosso do Sul.  We access by Air Travel.  Sitting comfortably on the Stand, Saturday evening session,  President Costa while speaking asked President Reber and President Borba (Stake President) to join him at the pulpit.   These two men hold all the keys to Finding, Teaching in the Mission Work.   He then invited the two men to find someone for the Missionaries to teach then return in 20 minutes to report.  The 2 men left the building. They invited the Lord to help them in their finding.  It was 8:30 pm and dark outside.  The street was quiet.    Looking up and down the street there was no one out.  The first door they knocked on they were rejected.  They then noticed lights down the street.  They knocked on the door.  Introducing themselves they asked, pointing to the building across the street and said we were representative from that church and ask if she had ever visited or knew anything about the church.  She said "no, I do not, but my brother in law Riscardo who lives in Aquidauana joined your church last year and what your church has done to bless his life is remarkable. I said is Riscardo the gentleman who has the 2 little boys and his wife passed away 2 year ago. I know him very well and in fact I have met your mother in law who has been out to help him with the 2 boys.   She replied "yes, Your church has been a great blessing for him at this difficult time and you are going to have an important meeting in your church tomorrow arent you?  Riscardo is coming for your meeting and having lunch with us after the meeting".   We explained that it was a conference where many members of the church would gather to be instructed on how to better live their lives to be worthy of blessings and guideline from the Lord."  I then said "Pres. Borba and I just a few minutes ago offered a quiet prayer asking the Lord to direct us to someone who would be receptive to receive a message from 2 missionaries just like the ones who taught your brother in law.  We believe the Lord has guided us to your house, would you allow missionaries to come to your home to leave an important message with you and your family?"  "We would love to have them come by and give us a message she replied with a sweet smile on her face."    We quickly got all the contact information and set a date and quickly return to the conference well within the 20 minutes allotted us. As we entered the building Pres. Costa who was still giving his talk simply stepped away from the pulpit and said "tell us who you found tonight for the missionaries to teach the gospel".  We shared our experience with the congregation. It was a powerful experience!  Miracles happen when we invited the Spirit of Lord to help and guide us.  The Spirit is a powerful companion!  

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