Sunday, August 16, 2015

August 3, 2015

Weekly Update 
I recieved pictures and my other glasses from my mom in the begining of the week, the pictures made me so happy!! Also Alexis Vielstich sent me the cutest letter from Japan @_@ it was awesome Obrigada Voçê!
Wow a lot happened this week!! This week I invited and set my first baptismal date! This week we marked two guys for baptism! Raphael- 18 yrs and Adriano 27 yrs. Setting the date is the easy part, but I´m pretty excited. We also have been teaching an awesome lady named Dalva who is so kind. We taught her about the Restoration and she said she believes in Joseph Smith and she reads the Book of Mormon! Also, one time we taught her I was really wanting some pão de queijo and we entered her house and I could smell it and at the end of the lesson she offered us pão de queijo, miracles! She is really awesome we can´t set a date yet for her because she is having a surgery, but she´s awesome. This week we also had interviews with the president of the mission- Del Guerso. He is so so nice and his wife is really animated and funny. She taught us to teaach in a fun and enthusiastic way. Today we found an awesome bakery that is cheap too! we noticed it is always busy although the outside looks a little rundown. I love it! The food here is still good, this week I ate more northern Brazilian food which is more extreme. For example the feijolada of the north has the pig ears and feet in there, but if you avoid those parts it´s pretty good! My companion is from the North and likes this kind of food. We would describe it as ´bem forte´and ´bem diferente´ haha. This week we also got to work at the Temple! We stood out front and made contacts and references it was really fun, I made 51 contacts! This week we also had the opportunity to talk to some really smart people. One of our investigators Kauá- 17, really likes to learn about religions and one of the contacts I made outside the temple was with a man named Melk Zedek who was really smart and asked awesome questions. I really love this becasue it is a testimony to me that the more knowledge we have and the more we learn, only increases our faith! Also this week we found people who are just waiting to be baptised. One of these people is Maria who is 85 yrs old and really nice. Her daughter attends church every Sunday with her boyfriend and Maria, and she wants Maria to be baptized. However the daughter of Maria is not baptized along with the boyfriend because they are not married. They have kids together who are members and they attend church every Sunday, but they won´t get married and therfore baptized becasue if they get married due to a law of Brazil they will have to give up one of three apartments they have. They have three apartments for themselves and their kids who are adults. I taught them about the widow of Zarapta and how she had to give up all the food she had to be blessed and be blessed more than she could imagine. We really have to be careful not to look at the material things we have, but put our faith in God trusting that he knows what is best for us now and in the long run and he will bless us! I know God is waiting waiting for US to show our faith and obey the comandments so he can bless us. 
This Sunday was my first fast Sunday in the field! I bore my testimony with my rough Portuguese. Also........RICARDO came and visited my ward!!! It was such a surprise, I did a double take! He lives in a neighboring area only about 5 miles away from the church, it is pretty crazy. Maybe on P day we will get authorization to have lunch with the Sanz. It was really special to get to see the Sanz :) Yesterday we taught a really cool girl, Victoria -17, about the Restoration and I´m excited to teach her more. Yesterday we also had dinner with the family of Irmõa Jossario. They are just reaching their one year anniversary of their baptism, they are supercool. There were also other members from the ward there as well, so it was pretty neat. Today marks 2 months I´m been here in Brazil! I can´t believe it. The first couple weeks in the field have been hard because  we're opening an area, but we are finally starting to really find people to teach. This next week will be very busy and exciting. 

first package!
I loved the pictures!
Irma Correa!!!!!!!
A girl we met on the street and talked with in the waiting room.  We gave her a Book of Mormon!

Ricky Sanz (our exchange student) and his family gave me a surprise visit at my ward!!!!!
Ricky Sanz!
Ricky Sanz!
my ward is great!
my apartment!