Sunday, March 2, 2014
Things are going well here. Like I said before we worked on being exactly obedient this week. Because of it we taught a ton of lessons this week, and my portuguese has been getting better. Unfortunately a lot of people dropped us this week as well which was hard. We went to visit Vera and Antonio, I was super excited only to be handed a packet of papers from their grandson that talked about how everyone can be prophets through family and work, and it talked about converting to Catholocism. Needless to say Antonio wasn't interested, I was pretty sad about it because Vera was doing so well but I just tried to forget about it. We planted a seed and hopefully someday some other set of missionaries can harvest it. We tried visiting Mirian this week only for her to tell us that her husband doesn't want her going to church or us coming over. Again I was super upset because, she was super awesome and was probably going to get baptized. We visited a man named Rowley who we have been working with. The first time we met him I explained how this gospel can make him happy, he speaks english which is awesome, but he told my companion he was happy but I could tell he wasn't so I talked to him about how before I went to church I thought I was happy but when I was alone at night I realized I wasn't happy and always felt like I had no one. I explained that this Gospel truly makes me happy and now when I'm alone I don't feel alone because I know that Christ is always there with me. He agreed to start taking lessons. Well anyways this week we visited him only for his son to tell us that Rowley isn't interested in attending church or being baptized he just wants to bible bash with us. We then tried visiting our investigators Ana and Donni, and they ignored us and all our calls so they aren't interested either. This past week just seemed like all of our "elect" investigators weren't really elect. It eventually got to me and I was having a pretty hard time with it. I was just feeling like we were working so hard and not seeing any results. I realized though that we were seeing results, I was just letting everything else get in the way of that. Because Vera didn't want to meet with us we visited her next door neighbors, Val and Vilmar. We taught them the first lesson, and Vilmar said that he has always wondered why there were so many churches and which one out of all of them was true, he then said he wanted to go to church. It really was a miracle lesson. We also taught a man named Sebastiou. At first he didn't seem too interested, but by the end of the lesson it really seemed to click with him, and he said he wanted to learn more. We taught a lady named Marley and almost commited her to be baptized, we're hoping to get her to church this next week. &&&& we found Rita and Ruan :) The day I ended up in the hospital we were supposed to meet with Rita, which obviously didn't happen. Well I was in bed the rest of the week, and when we tried contacting her the next week she was no where to be found. We have tried for two weeks with no success. Well we decided to stop by really quickly on Saturday and she was there. Apparently she's been working so she hasn't been home. She agreed to go to church & did. It was awesome, that was probably our big miracle this week. We are teaching them today, and will talk to them about baptism. So hopefully that goes well. Over all this week was really good, we did see results for being exactly obedient. & I've just learned that even though people drop us they still need to be given the opportunity to learn about the Gospel, and that one day they will hopefully remember how they felt when we taught them and will want that in their lives.