Vou cumprir meu primeiro ano no campo, daqui em 2 dias! AI CARACA!
So what I said was I’m going to finish my first year in the field here in 2 days! WOW!
Well this week was probably one of the toughest that I have had in my mission.
The week started off with HUGE hopes and a lot of faith! We had investigators that were progressing, we had references to contact and we had all of the energy to see miracles happen.
As the week started we had great moments helping Michel and his son get ready for Baptism. Their faith is an example for me of people being prepared by the lord, I will spoil this part from the beginning they DID get Baptized this week so that part went right!
We have had really tough lessons with people and had 4 people completely turn their backs on us. On Tuesday we went to teach a girl who has grown up going to church with her Grandma for at least 6 years. The only reason that people said the she wasn’t baptized was because her mom never let her. Now she is 19 years old and so we went there to invite her to be baptized. We talked and taught the importance of baptism and made the invite. “Will you follow Christ and be Baptized.” The answer was a direct “No.” We explained again tried to find what problems or doubts that she had and then invited her like this “Do you accept our help and the help of the lord so that you can start preparing to be baptized someday?” really light right? the answer again a direct, “No.” Such was the similar case with 4 other families and investigators. We taught the doctrine made the invite and receive a direct “No”. They didn’t present doubts to be answered or fears to be resolved. It was a closed book and I was so frustrated! I was thinking” HOW CAN YOU BE SO DENSE? WHY WON’T YOU LET IN ENOUGH SPACE TO PLANT THE SEED NECESSARY FOR SALVATION!” I felt so frustrated.
Luckily everything went well with Michel and he had a beautiful Baptism. He is really special and it was great to see him enter into the waters of Baptism.
Well 2 days from now I will have been in Brazil for 2 Years. What do I have to say? I still got a year to be the hands of the lord here in Brazil!
IM STOKED for a new week and a great P-day!
Bom Dia Norte Americanos!! Tudo tranquilo?
e aí pensei que escreveria a e-mail em português hoje…
Then I changed my mind LOL
WELL! I am out of time again BUT this week was great! It was tough but it really ended well. We have been having trouble finding people who would progress and so we have been knocking on doors and trying SO HARD to help our investigators accept baptism and work towards that.
We had 3 people who at the beginning of the week accepted to be baptized on the 9th. Saturday the Zone Leaders came in to do Interviews and we went to the investigators houses and no one was home… No one… We spent the day racking our minds looking for them trying to figure out what happened but the day flew by and the baptism fell through.
As we were walking to church, a couple who we had invited to be baptized on the 9th drove by us in their car and waved to us on their way to catholic mass… no more comments about that for now. NEEDLESS to say we were a tad bummed out LOL
I was sad during church thinking that we had no options and that we would have to start from ground up with our area again, but the Lord came through with a miracle. We had lunch with a member and Her non-member son(Michel) and grandson (Davi) were there. Michel is an investigator who lived with his girlfriend and had 2 Children with her. Lately his girlfriend has been drinking a Lot and it has been causing a lot of grief for Michel who wants to become a member of the Church. On Monday she stabbed him in the leg and Michel had to flee from his house with his children to live with his parents. This incident was the last straw. When he told us what had happened we got to teach him about how much God loves him and wants his protection and happiness.
We taught and testified of healing through the Gospel of Christ and the spirit testified so strong to all of us in the room we all teared up (okay I cried… you all know me well enough LOL). they are being prepared to be baptized now on the 16th. This lesson and manifestation of the Spirit was a miracle. I feel renewed to work another week here and we are excited to open up the new mission Juiz De FORA with a BANG!
The Gospel is true… So what else really matters?
A fé é Tudo!
Well! I’m another week into training Elder Nunes!
Life is great! We are great!
Well Last p-day was my last day in Rio de Janeiro. I got to tour the beaches (from the bus), I got to see The Christ the Redeemer Statue (from the bus), and we passed by the sugarloaf Mountains (yet again way far away on the bus LOL). I feel a little bittersweet about changing missions, seeing as it is a 90 percent chance that I will be in the Mission Juiz de Fora. I have grown to love and trust President Lima, I have really enjoyed the thought of serving in the big city one day, fighting in the Favelas, and I will miss the really thick Rio accent. But this week as I have thought about the new mission that will open up in less than a month, I figured that I wasn’t called to serve in geographic areas. I was called to save the souls of God’s children. And God is putting me in the place where I will find these people. That brings me comfort and excitement to make the transition to the new Mission!
Elder Nunes is a GREAT companion. I feel that after working with Elder Silva for 3 months I was so exhausted, I had learned to love him, and I had gotten used to doing essentially everything on my own. BUT Elder Nunes is giving me new life! He is also a convert but he really applied himself in the MTC. He knows his doctrine. He talks with everyone. He reads writes and that’s not all, he has been really helping me with the work here! Elder Nunes is from Rio Grande do Sul which is way in the south of Brazil. Where he lives it used to snow (I guess it hasn’t in a long time… ask Al Gore). He brought some cool stuff from his city, and one day it would be cool to visit his city. ANYWAY he is great, we are learning a lot working a lot and inviting everyone to be baptized. I am excited for these next few transfers with him! He is kind of bummed out about the probability of being in the Mission Juiz de Fora. Everyone dreams about the Rio mission because of the cool stuff to do. I think when he realized that he won’t have the chance to see Cristo Redentor or the sugaloaf moutains he got a bit sad. But with time I know we both will love the Juiz de Fora mission!
SO I have been getting to the end of reading the book of Mormon again. In Mormon (inside the book of Mormon) he talks about how the Nephites after all of the miracles and “tender mercies” That the Lord showed the civilization became ultimately cut off from the presence and help of the lord because of their wickedness. Mormon laments about his failure to bring his brethren to repentance and then changes his focus of preaching to the Nephites to writing to the reader and calling us to repentance.
“And behold, [these things] shall go unto the unbelieving of the Jews; and for this intent shall they go that they may be persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; that the Father may bring about, through his most Beloved, his great and eternal purpose…”
God’s great and eternal purpose is “To bring about the immortality and eternal life of man.” The Book of Mormon was sent for this purpose. We need to study it more and cling to the iron rod to bring us back into God’s presence. I know it’s true! The book of Mormon is true! Read it!