Monday, June 2, 2014

UPS and downs

We had a cool experience this week teaching a Haitian family.  They have made a lot of sacrifices just to come to Brazil to work a little for their family.  We taught a family of 3 brothers who are living together here in Belo Horizonte.  All three of them left their wives  and children behind in Haiti.  One of them speaks Portuguese but the other two just speak French Creole which makes teaching them a lot more difficult than usual.  We planned out our lesson the night before and decided to talk about how families can be eternal and we printed off a few copies of "A Proclamation to the World" in French so that everyone could actually understand the message.  There is a paragraph that is so awesome to teach to people.  It basically lays out the whole plan of salvation 20 seconds.

"In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally."

I love it. The Haitians were way into it too.  They are really missing their families right now and the chance to live with them forever and never be separated again really hit them!  The gospel is great. Everyone NEEDS it.

Ah, we had a disappointing Saturday though.  We had the baptism of 2 brothers, Gustavo and Daniel, planned for Saturday night.  They were interviewed and passed with flying colors!  Everything was perfect until about 30 minutes before the baptism when neither of them were home...We had to cancel the baptism. I still don't know what happened. It’s frustrating, but everything will be fine because the games not over yet.  There’s always next week!  A member of our ward said something I like.  "If things aren't well, don’t worry, it’s not the end.  In the end everything will be alright." We fight until the finish.

What am I eating here?  Lot of beans and rice.  Every day.  My favorite meal is stroganoff.  It’s different than the US.  They fry little pieces of chicken and then boil the chicken and then mix a ton or cream and milk together with onions and green olives and mustard and ketchup to make a super delicious cream.  MMMM It’s so good to put of rice.  Try to find a recipe, I’d recommend it.

I love you all,

Elder Marsh

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