(Yes, Ellen, the S. Sousa that your comp knows! The church world is so small)
Basically....this is going to be really strange haha. To still see my old comp at all of our missionary meetings but not be companions! Also, there are a lot of members in our ward that travel the stake every Sunday, so I will still see my old ward all the time too! It’s a weird mix of HUGE CHANGES but so many similar elements weaving in and out. Might take a bit of adjusting, but I do LOVE Staca Mossoró so it’s nice to stay in my little piece of home for a while (I have been here since September).
I had a very interesting experience on Monday that will probably stick with me for a long, long time. The past few weeks I have been really struggling with the question of the power and autoridade of missionaries. All the scriptures teach me that with faith I can do anything, and stories of amazing miracles - healing the sick, casting out devils, curing the blind. Really amazing stuff. But I have just felt very powerless here in comparison. Not that I want to do these amazing miracles just to feel all cool. That isn’t it at all. It’s just these people that I love so much that are suffering so much and I just feel like I can’t do anything to help them.
So maybe I don’t have the power to make food magically appear. And maybe I can’t heal sick children to make the mom´s life easier. BUT. I have the opportunity to be a mouthpiece for the Spirit of the Lord. God can use me to touch the hearts of His children. I can soften hearts, I can bring the Spirit into a home, and I can help people change. And this is a power that brings real miracles, with results that will last not just for this life but for all eternity! And I am so incredibly humbled to know that the Lord trusts me with this responsibility and opportunity. The Lord rarely asks His missionaries to move a mountain or part the Red Sea, figuratively speaking. He asks us to love the people and help them change their hearts. And that is miracle enough for me.
I love you all!