Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The Standard Works rock!
This week was really good! I finished the Old Testament! Now I´m in Matthew 22! I love the Bible! It testifies SO MUCH of the Restoration, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, the Priesthood, and, most importantly of all, the life and Atonement of Jesus Christ. I´m really loving it! No wonder it´s had such an impact on so many people! The Standard Works rock! I bought new shoes: they are boots made for construction working. All the missionaries here have them because they are cheap (R$44 or about US$20), durable, and... cheap. They are also pretty ugly. But now I have two pairs of shoes, so I can keep one nice and polished, just for meetings. There´s not really much more to say... I´ll just skip to talking about the investigators: Breno So, everything seemed like it was going great when we talked with him on Saturday. But on Sunday, when we went to get him, he was nowhere to be found. So we will give him one more week. We just can dedicate all of our time to someone who won´t progress. But he´s so great during the week! We´ll pray for him! Adriana and Beatriz and Stefanie A family that we haven´t taught too much. We just taught Adriana (the mom) and Stefanie (the 13-year-old) about the Plan of Salvation. It´s very different from what they had learned in the Catholic Church, but they really liked it. We will return and talk with them today. All three are marked for baptism on the 7th. Cisera and Weverson and Vanessa Weverson and Vanessa went to church! Vanessa is coming back and she wants to go to seminary! Weverson was sustained to receive the Aaronic Priesthood in the office of a priest! Next Sunday, he says, he´ll bless the sacrament. And Cisera was too busy to go to church, but she promised to go next Sunday. We´ll talk with her more tonight. Juvenal and Magda THEY ARE GETTING MARRIED!!!! We went to the city hall right when it opened last Saturday and we scheduled their wedding! It´s going to be on the 27th of September! They will be baptized on that same day and confirmed with the Holy Ghost on the 28th! So they will go to the temple on the 28th of September of 2015! Woo-Hoo! Jaqueline and João Vitor and Ludimila and Camila Jaqueline didn´t go to church because Camila was sick. She´s doing really good! She´s super excited to be a missionary! Ludimila and Camila love Primary! It´s just João Vitor who is having a really rough time. I don´t know what happened, but he just lost interest and is now hiding from us. We can only fast and pray at this point. Gabriel and Guilharme Gabriel received the Aaronic Priesthood! He´s doing great! He´ll pass the sacrament next Sunday (we´re going to teach him!) But Guilharme doesn´t want to go to church (he was going for a year and a half! He just lost interest after he received the Holy Ghost!) We´ll keep trying to bring him back! Juvenal He´s returning to activity, and brought two of his kids to church, one of which isn´t baptized yet. He´s already doing his home teaching visits again! Awesome! Maria and Fred The only reason they didn´t go to church was because they were making our lunch (oh the irony). But it was a really good lunch! They started making it 8 in the morning! It was Brasilian barbeque! So good! But they will both come back! They want to go to the temple! That´s about it! I´m out of time! I love you all and I know that Christ lives and I know that this is His Church! -- Élder Thomas Richins Ala Palmares Estaca Casa Grande Missão Brasil São Paulo Interlagos