We have two baptisms planned for this Saturday, Adriano and Angela! What an incredible week!
It has been amazing watching him progress from when we first met him and he told us, "I don't want to waste your time" to him being baptized this Saturday. I have learned about trusting in the Spirit from him. He started off telling us that he studied all world religions and wanted to judge rationally which would be the right religion. He thinks so much with his head and wants to analyze everything. But we have worked together and he has come to understand faith as trusting in the feelings in your heart as well. As he told us a week ago, he doesn't have all the answers, but he feels in his heart that the things we tell him are true. And he is now willing to put his faith to the test and follow through on those feelings. Just like D&C 11:12, we must learn to trust the Spirit. It requires a lot of humility and searching and practice though!
Angela as well passed her baptismal interview with flying colors. What a wonderful day it will be!
Quick update from last week as well, we did meet with the Catholic priest (his name is don Serafino). He invited us to his church and when we arrived, he led us back to his office, saying that he wanted to finish the discussion that we had started on the metro. He asked us a lot of questions about the things we believe and challenged us on them as well, but I love how a humble testimony can so quickly bring the Spirit and eliminate any trace of contention. I was shaking when we taught him though, I don't know why I was so nervous! We challenged him to read the Book of Mormon and he agreed, although mostly out of curiosity rather than sincere interest. Then he invited us to lunch and we ate with him in his parish!
Love you lots!
Get excited for next week when we can tell about our two baptisms, ahh!