This week I have been thinking a lot about Joseph Smith. He was just a kid with a question. He lived in a town with a church on every corner, much like where I live now. (only there are 3 churches on every corner here...). He didn't know a lot and wasn't exceptionally intelligent or educated. But every church he went to taught something different. This left him confused. In search for answers, he went to the Bible and read James 1:5..
"If any of you ask wisdom, let him ask of God..."
So that's what he did. He wanted to know what church was true, what church was Christ's church. So he went straight to the source and asked God Himself.
And Joseph recieved an answer to his prayer. In a vision, he saw God and His son, Jesus Christ. Not something that happens to your ordinary 14-year-old farmboy. Few people believed him, and he was persecuted by many. But he knew what he saw. And he knew that God knew it.
And he could not deny it.
At one time or another, I too have had my doubts. In the past I have wondered if it is all true, I've wondered if God really does care about me. So I did what Joseph did. I prayed, and I asked God. And the feeling that came to me when I prayed is not something I can ever forget, nor deny. No matter how many Brazilians reject me, no matter how many people choose to not change and not follow the answer God has given them. It may be difficult, but I know what is true, and God knows that I know. And this week I have been filled with the overwhelming, unmistakible feeling that God loves me. I have never been more grateful to be a member and representative of His church, and to know what I know. God lives, and His church was restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. It's true. I promise. But you don't have to take my word for it. You too can go right to the source and ask God yourself.
The sun is shining over Brazil and I am taking advantage of each second here. The only thing that could bring me down this week was what that Columbian did to our querido Neymar. Not cool. Germany you are going down.
Eu amo vocês muiiiito.