Okay I will repent for last week’s letter being so short, but hey I’m still learning!
Well I have over a month in the Field now! 😀 What does that mean? Well absolutely nothing… BUT I will celebrate today with Volleyball with our zone! It would be football (soccer) but a new mission rule is that we can’t play football… But hey that’s an easy one to keep!
Our problem for the past few weeks has been finding new people to teach and helping our investigators progress. But that’s pretty much all that missionary work is right? Our mission is really focusing on real growth in the wards, meaning baptizing, completing, and reactivating families. SO one way we are trying to accomplish this is through conducting Family nights with the members. Well family nights here aren’t any different from the family nights at home (besides, you know the whole language thing). We generally conduct 2-3 family nights each week and ask the members to invite non-member family members and neighbors to participate. Saturday we had a big family night with about a dozen people, and it was awesome! First we sang the battle hymn of the Republic and then we shared a mission video with the family. The video focused on how we as members have the duty to save our “fallen comrades.” There was such a great spirit in the room when we asked everyone in the meeting to share what they learned from the video. Well I don’t know if I have said it before but Brazilians LOVE to talk. When was time for Brother Adão to share, he went on for about 10 minutes (the video only lasted 5) about all sorts of things, reading scriptures, quoting apostles, and changing topics about 3 times in the middle of what seemed to be a prepared talk.
I have heard it said that patience is learned through experience. And I am getting a lot of experience in Cascatinha.
The weather here has been crazy this past week. We went to the city this last Tuesday for training and it was 42 degrees C (107 F), sunny, and humid. Wow, I thought I was going to die. We returned to Cascatinha the next day and it was 38 degrees C with the same humidity, and with the hills here, yet again I thought I would die. The next day it rained all day, and since then it has been freezing cold. Well for Brazil freezing cold! I thought I never would use my sweater here but these past few days I have been glad to have it! But as far as opinions go, i definitely prefer the cold! lol
We went to pick up an investigator for church yesterday and when we got to her house, she was getting ready, and said that we could wait in front of the church for her. Well she didn’t show up… yet again patience lol! But this coming week is a ward conference and everyone is getting excited for it so hopefully it will be easier to bring people to church! And after people start coming to church we will start having Baptisms in our area!
A fé é Tudo! I pray for all of you at home! Pray every day like it says in Moroni 8:26
26 And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God.
and you will enjoy the fruits of God!