Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

Baptism of Graca
This week was way fun for us.  It started last Saturday with the baptism of Graça.  It was so awesome teaching her.  A recent convert, Fabiola, gave us the referral to start teaching Graça about the gospel.  The problem was that every time we went there, she was drunk and couldn't understand our messages.  We decided that we would have to stop teaching for a little bit, but then she showed up to stake conference.  We talked to her afterwards and she told us she had loved the meeting. Long story short, Graça never drank again and is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!  What’s cool is that everything changed about her.  She kicked her friends who were bad influences out of her house, she threw out all the coffee and drinks, goes to church every Sunday and to all the activities, and it just feels different to be near her.  People tell her everyday that she looks happier and she loves that. 

We were able to visit a couple of cities that I had never been to on the mission doing splits with other missionaries on New Years Eve. We went to Pará de Minas and Itaúna.  It was fun being with the other missionaries and we got to teach a lot of new investigators.  We missed our bus though to get back to Belo Horizonte and had to wait until the next one leaving at 9 pm...yikes.  We ended up getting home pretty late, and I was exhausted so I definitely did not stay up until midnight.  New years day President and Sister Fortunato took us out to a Brasilian steak house.... it was the best food I've ever eaten!  I love Brazil so much.

This morning we woke up early to go to a national park near the city.  It was really cool and we had some way pretty views of the whole city and the mountains that surround it.

I love you all,
Elder Marsh
View from Praca do Papa
Staff at Praca do Papa

Brazilian Wilderness

Mountains in Minas Gerais

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