One thing that's struck me recently is how many people don´t know about Christ or His plan. I am eternally thankful for you, my parents, who have taught me these truths. One person we've been teaching recently, Estephanie, lost her dad a couple years ago. As she learned about the Plan of Salvation, and how not only people can live again, but can be together as a family after this life, she could not hold back the tears. She´s very, very excited to be baptized, and we are excited to help her.
Olympics start this week! We've seen some people in the street selling the Olympic coins here. The set of 16 coins, along with a book, sells for 250 reais!!!! It's crazy! I don´t think people realize you can just pick the coins up at the bank for 165 reais.
If I have said it already, I´ll say it again. The Book of Mormon has the power! I've been much more dedicated in reading it in Portuguese recently and it helps so much with the language. When I was reading it the first time in Portuguese, I noticed the difference, and then stopped reading, and honestly my Portuguese went down. So I've made it a goal to keep going this time, because it really does add another dimension.
I´ll share one part of my talk that has given me lots to think about. It comes from the classic story of Jacob and Esau. Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of soup. All through out my life, I´ve wondered how someone could do something like that. But the thought recently being, we often do the same things. We have a divine birthright and when we sin, are trading that birthright for momentary pleasure, or money, or perhaps simply cheating on a test. Don´t trade!!