Guys it is so hot you have no idea...I don’t even know how we are still working! At night Sister Pontes and I started soaking our sheets with water and then putting them in the freezer. That helps a little...but just to fall asleep...and then you wake up sweating every hour...But tudo bem...we are still alive!
This week was ordinary...but we had some funny things happen to Fig and I. for one, our neighbors gave us one of those rackets that kill mosquitos!!! It’s the best thing we have ever gotten! And it is literally a game to see who can kill the most! We are all tired of being bitten by those little buggers! Last Monday night Fig and I need to do a few more contatos...so our idea, get on a bus and preach to the people! We were so stoked and ready to do this...we caught a bus...swiped our cards....and there was like 4 people on the bus....#fail...we just talked to the people individually. Then we got off and walked home and the street was empty too...so the whole plan of talking to a ton of people was a bust! On Friday we had a multi-zona...it was awesome but we left there totally brain dead! 9 hours of training and 24 role plays...but of course it was all worth it and we all walked out with a bigger vision and the desire to work even harder!
Sunday night we, all 6, went to the Bola de Neve church...Sister Fig and I have an investigator who is a member and she already went to our church, so we went to hers. It was like a rock show…the music was good...the church part was interesting. And it was deff an experience. but what is cool, she, Marcia, is really looking for the truth...and after we left we marked another visit with her!!
OK, maybe my week wasn’t so ordinary...ha
Now on to my studies: This week I read some awesome stuff in Alma! I think it’s like every missionaries dream to live the Book of Mormon, but luckily we can see the same things happen in our lives.
The missionaries (in the B of M) really helped their investigators be converted unto the Lord...not the church activities, the people in the ward, or the missionaries themselves...just the Lord, and his Gospel. and we can see than in verse 6 of chapter 23: "And as sure as the Lord liveth, so sure as many as believed, or as many as were brought to the knowledge of the truth, through the preaching of Ammon and his brethren, according to the spirit of revelation and of prophecy, and the power of God working miracles in them—yea, I say unto you, as the Lord liveth, as many of the Lamanites as believed in their preaching, and were converted unto the Lord, never did fall away." I just love that last phrase...never did they fall away! That is the only thing we want as missionaries…we want our converts to be so converted to the Lord that they will never fall away. But how can we even help our investigators be converted, if we ourselves are not super converted...Don’t worry because in chapter 24 it says how we can be more converted. "...we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shall go to our God and shall be saved.” (Verse 16) Our "swords" can be passions, fears, bad habits, laziness, or anything that stops us from progressing. When we give up these things, we let our Heavenly Father have a hand in our lives...and we prove to him that we want to be converted...so converted that we will never turn our backs on him. So...my convite (invite) to you guys this week is give up anything that is stopping you from being truly converted unto the Lord. Be like these Anti-Nephi-Lehies...and go read/watch this talk
Eu amo vocês!!
|after 9 hours of training and 24 role plays we went and treated ourselves to ice cream|
|The whole Zone after zone conference|
|And this my friends is what a 6'7 guy looks like next to 5'1 girls....|
|me and my first friend in Brazil!|