October 14, 2013
Ok really good week.
I want to start with how interesting of a day yesterday was though. Church was awesome. We had 5 investigators there. During fast and testimony meeting a member got up and started bearing his testimony about how in his first life he was Noah and could have married any woman he wanted but was too busy building an ark. It just got weirder from there. Oh well! The investigators didn’t seem to be bothered by it, and the rest of the meeting was great. Then we went to our almoço at Leodetes’ home. He is our ward mission leader. His wife brought 2 non-member families and both said they’d go to church with Leodetes’ family next week. So awesome. There were like 3 two year old kids running around the house the whole time--which made things really fun to watch. But while I was eating I felt something like water dripping on my shoes so I looked under the table and there was a kid there peeing on me!! Everyone seriously just laughed and laughed. Super funny. I cleaned my shoes up and everything is good now. After almoço it was different than any other day yet. Cruzerio and Atletico played each other yesterday afternoon. The streets were empty. Not a soul in sight. Walking in the street was like walking in a mine field because no one was out and then every couple of minutes there would be a huge explosion! People just randomly throw firecrackers the size of dynamite sticks in the road and then when a team scores...its nuts.
Elder R. Souza has been having a tough time walking around this week. He has an ingrown toenail...it’s hard to be patient with someone when they can’t walk because their toe hurts, but I’m trying. We were still able to teach some new people and do some really good work.
Apparently, our mission is really good at getting people to church but not so good at setting dates for baptism. So now we have a new rule from the president. If a street contact says yes to an appointment, we are to then invite them to be baptized right then! It’s kind of scary, but I like it. So far the reactions have been way good.
I met an awesome guy this week. His name is Magno. He moved here a year and a half ago after living 8 years in Connecticut. He speaks English really well so that’s fun. He has had a tough time here. He lost his job in the USA and can’t find good work here. He isn’t married but has a 2 year old and his girlfriend was supposed to have another son yesterday! He told us he needed direction so we are trying to teach him about how the gospel can bless his life, and we talked to a member who might be able to get him a job in a hotel where he´ll be able to put his English to good use.
I had a really good personal study on Tuesday. I was studying the section on faith--the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson in Preach My Gospel. I found an awesome scripture. 1 Nephi 7:12 It talks about how anything is possible if we EXERCISE our faith and are faithful to Christ. This really hit me. There’s a big difference between having faith in Christ and being faithful to Christ. It’s not so easy to be faithful and follow all the commandments of our Heavenly Father, but when we do, that’s when the blessings come.