Letter #90

Dear Family and Friends,

It was wonderful to talk to everyone yesterday. Priceless. I love you guys so much. As mentioned, yesterday was the baptism of Juliana. She moved from Rio de Janeiro a couple of weeks ago, and we knocked on her door, our first day here. She lives right next to the chapel, thirty seconds away walking. It´s been amazing to see her resolution, and while young, has a couple of kids that are loving Primary, which is nice to see.

This morning we woke up early, and headed to a giant hill, called Morro do Moreno. It sits right on the bay and we enjoyed some wonderful views of Vitória and Vila Velha and Serra. We could see basically 70% of the population of Espirito Santo.

And Saturday, we were blessed with a miracle. Romildo, 49, stopped us on the street and asked us some questions. I thought initially he was drunk, but it turns out he wasn´t, it was just the long term effect of some of his choices. Why do I say that? Because he has a great desire to change. And it’s never too late.

He went to church yesterday, and invited a bunch of his friends, and really does have a desire to come to Christ. I´ve thought a lot lately about Alma the Younger. Reading the Book of Mormon, I noticed something interesting. If you look at Mosiah 29:45, and Mosiah 27, you will see that Alma, the Elder was about 80 when his son repented and turned to the Lord. This changed my perception of Alma the Younger, because when he changed he wasn´t young! Maybe 40-50, or even older. Yet, it really is never too late. I am so grateful for the gift of repentance in my life, the chance to change, and for the grace of our Savior which makes it all possible.

Love,

Elder Schenewark

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