Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Teaching Experiences with Cassia
Fortunately there was a “munch and mingle” after that Sunday for everyone to socialize a little and enjoy a snack. I was very excited about the prospect of being able to teach someone in person, and I was not dissuaded by the language barrier. I remember trying to follow her through the snack line and doing my best to seem cheerful and optimistic until Pricila could catch up with us again to help translate for us. With Pricila’s help we were able to communicate. Cassia agreed to meet with Elder Moxley and I after the munch and mingle to have a lesson. Being nervous about the two of us meeting with two single sisters, I made a quick decision to include the only other person who was male, spoke Portuguese, and whose phone number I had –my brother.
Cassia was a golden investigator from the beginning. She already had a strong faith and determination to follow Jesus Christ, and was quick to recognize and follow the spirit as she learned. She made her conversion something personal for her. The Oliveira family from Brazil was also very instrumental in helping us teach Cassia as well. Being from Brazil, and having more experience in the church, they were able to provide some meaningful help for Cassia in explaining questions or concerns she had as we talked. Even though we were able to share the words of the lessons with her, it was her own steps of faith of attending church, reading in the Book of Mormon, and remembering her prayers which opened her to the spirit and allowed her to find an answer that this church is true.