It´s so fun to see you guys as missionaries and to imagine you doing TRC and all that.. I still am not completely sure how to explain exactly what it is you´ll be doing on your mission but I know you´ll bless many lives! I´m sad that Nick wasn´t baptized. I´ll keep praying that he works it out.
Our people last week all turned out to be not so great. We´ll continue to try to talk to Alexandro, but he´s just been at his girlfriend´s house the whole week after he had surgery. N and V are a part of some intellectual, non-religion group and they just wanted information to bring to their group and talk about us. It was really irritating... not the first time someone has faked interest just to turn our words against us in the end. You can always tell the difference in the spirit of those lessons and you just have to leave.
We´ve been working really hard this week and it´s been really hard but one of those weeks I feel I´ve learned a lot. Sometimes you just have to be in a situation you think you can´t handle so you can learn to trust the Lord. And it´s been going a lot better than I thought already! I´m learning so much about how to communicate with others and make them feel I care about them, and how sometimes it´s up to you to make a situation funny or less tense.
The miracle came at the end of the week when our zone fasted for everyone to have someone at church to be baptized the next week. They came late, but all at once four investigators arrived together, three are friends and another we did NOT expect. A is a 20-year-old who Sister Christensen was working with before but we dropped him because he didn´t seem interested. But we saw him on the street with his friends last week and invited them to come and all three came. R kind of follows the crowd but accepted baptism, I is more committed than all of them and the most interested but doesn´t technically live in our area, just spends all of his time here. A's been looking up things on the internet about the church so he at least is thinking about it a lot, enough to come to church. Today we´re going to talk about the Book of Mormon with them and get them pumped about the truth!!
J was the other guy who came. We had taught him the first lesson and I think he has problems expressing himself and is a little bit of a scorpion (someone who just wants to talk to sisters)... so we´re going to teach him with some men from the church to see what he really wants. He really did seem to like church a lot and he was all happy afterwards when we talked to him and said he had prayed after the first lesson and already feels God is blessing him. He was really excited to read the Book of Mormon. We´re trying something new where we only have our investigators read a few verses and we give them a specific question that the verses will answer. Sometimes we don´t think about the fact that people don´t really know how to read the scriptures.
I have such a strong testimony about the Book of Mormon. I was reading in PMG today about the reasons why each writer wrote their part in the Book of Mormon. They really saw our days and this Book is for us to teach us how to live to return to God! When we carry this book and present it to people, we really need to remember how valuable of a treasure it really is to us and for the world.
Pray for us to be able to really baptize. Usually the hard part is getting people to church, but here that´s not the problem. But this is a great ward and the Lord is trusting it with SUPER elect people. The members here really have a focus on sending each new convert to the temple and they really take care of each other.
I have just one more bit of sad news this week, that Antonio, my recent convert, passed away last week. Sister Johnson called me and they're going to keep working with his wife Joselia. I´m grateful to at least have given him the gospel at the end of his life. His health problems kept him from doing many things, but he always wanted to be at church and in the end he did stop smoking. Now his spirit is happy and resting and he doesn´t have to suffer with his weak heart any more.
I love you all so much and I´m so grateful for all the things the mission is teaching me and the person God is making me. I love my Savior and the peace and hope He can give us in our lives. I´m thankful for his love. I hope your week is awesome and that you face all the challenges and heartbreak of the mission with patience and hope. We´re on the winning side!
Com todo meu coração,