Break out the Rice and Beans! Its thanksgiving time!
So Thanksgiving is another American Holiday that doesn’t exist in Brazil! Everyone here has their eyes and wallets set on Christmas. Note: Even though they don’t celebrate thanksgiving, everyone celebrates Black Friday here… odd.
So we had an interesting experience. SO we got a referral from Facebook of a girl named Quésia (see the last chapter of Job). We got a text message with her address saying that she wanted to learn more about the church. Well we got to her house and she freaked out because no one knew how we got her address. We claimed it was revelation LOL. Any how we taught her in front of her house and she accepted the challenge to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it.
We returned on Saturday and it was clear that someone in her church had filled her heard with doubt and she spent the entire lesson looking through her Bible to find what her Pastor had showed her, she couldn’t remember, and so we testified that when the Holy Ghost teaches us something he helps us to remember what we learned. She wanted to give the Book back but we asked her it give it one more chance and to go to Church the next day.
I bet Elder Charles that she wouldn’t come. I lost that bet! She came to the meeting. After church she went to the fireside about the missionary work that we had. After that, she went to the house of some members to eat. God has been working in her heart and has been preparing her to receive the message of the gospel. It was a great testimony to me that when we do our part, the Lord does His.
Well, I want to send just a little list of things that I am grateful for here as a Missionary in Brazil. (not in any order)
2) Pão de Queijo
3) Ice Cream on a hot day
4) Letters and emails from home
5) Rain (anything that helps avoid the heat is on the list)
6) The Book of Mormon
9) Good food
10) Referrals from members of the Church
My list could go on, but I want to share a cool scripture about thanks giving.
Alma 26:37 Now my brethren, we see that God is amindful of every bpeople, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.
The thing that I am most thankful for this year is the fact that God is mindful of all of his children, you, me, and everyone. Here in Brazil, back in the States it doesn’t matter. Because God loves us so much, he gives us EVERYTHING that he knows we need. As we obey His word, he takes care of us and blesses us infinitely!
Have a great week! Até logo!
Elder Topper Yost