Last week Sergio had the opportunity to give his first talk in church in English.
He decided to share his conversion story. It was powerful and moving to say the least.
I thought that it was something that could inspire more than just our ward.
Today I would like to share how the gospel changed my life.Several years ago two young men left far away from their homes to share the gospel. They talked to a young member and asked if he could give them a reference to someone else that might be interested in the gospel. He thought about the challenge and invited a friend. She also invited her friends to listen to the missionaries with her. I was one of her friends. We listened to the lessons and my friends did not keep listening to the missionaries but I did. It was not easy because where I lived there were a lot of misconceptions about the church. I was only 14 years old and my parents were also very concerned about what I was learning and they disagreed with my decision to keep listening. My mom said that they were trying to brainwash me.
After a year of seminary and attending the church I started to beg my Heavenly Father that he would soften my parent’s hearts. The next day I came home from school and I talked to my dad and asked him for permission to be baptized. He said the same thing all parents say when they don’t want to be responsible…he said Go ask your mom. I went and asked my mom and what do you think she said? Go ask your dad. It was kind of like Ping Pong. In the end they finally signed my permission slip to be baptized.
|Sergio's parents, Jose and Susana|
|Front row: Susana & Jose with Ale (nephew)|
Back row: Sergio, me, Araceli (sister) the twins, Alejandro (brother in law) Juan (Brother), Anto (sister in law) Maira (Sister)
|Our wedding 2009|
Buenos Aires Temple
I still have family that has not accepted the gospel. I want to thank the parents here for preparing your children so that they can serve a mission.
|Argentina Salta Mission|
I know that the Book of Mormon has power to touch the hearts of the people.
I know that the church is true.
I share these things with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.