Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week 40

March 6, 2017

This week we finally had some more teaching opportunities.  We had some special street contacts with two different women.  The first was a girl (18 yrs old) who just had a really great and sincere response to us.  We asked her if she was accustomed to pray, and then if she would be baptized if she received an answer from Heavenly Father.  She didn´t pause very long to think, but gave a thoughtful answer of, "Yes I would".  We have been back once to invite her to church, yet on Sunday a family member told us that she wasn´t feeling well (with a stomach bug or something).  I think she was telling the truth, because she seems to truly like us.  I sure hope that we can keep good contact with her this week, and have some good teaching moments.  
The other contact was with another woman (maybe 40 yrs. old).  She was sitting on a motorcycle on the side of the street, when the thought came to me, "she would probably make a good contact".  After a few minutes, she opened up to us about some difficulties that she was having at home, and even began to cry.  Sister Valadares had the great idea to sing her a hymn.  We sang "Where Can I Turn For Peace".  Afterward she said, "Isn´t God loving, how He sent you to me?"  She thanked us for the pick-me-up, and we left.  Later in the week we went looking for her house, but had some difficulty in finding it (because often times the addresses here just don´t make sense). We´ll keep looking! 

Beauties of Brazil!...
Another day this week, we were out working, and stopped at a member´s house to ask for water (a member of the other branch that I had never met before).  My companion said, "Hey he has a Toucan," and asked him if he could bring it out.  He did, and even let me hold it on my arm.  I was literally taken aback at how beautiful it was.  

Members & Missionaries coming together...
On Saturday we had a BBQ, and a lot of the members (families of leaders) fasted with us for missionary work.  I was so touched at how sweet it was, and turned out so well.  

We have an investigator who is coming to church every week (one of the biggest struggles here is to get people up in the morning for church).  Her husband is actually a member who served a mission.  Although, he doesn´t come to church much because he travels for work.  She even told us how she is more concerned about their family being together than the financial situation.  In the past, she has only come once in a while, and not because she really wanted to.  Yet some things have changed, and she is coming all by herself!  We got news this week that some things went wrong with their paperwork, and they are not actually lawfully married.  So we´ll work with them to sort this out, and get her husband back in the loop!  
We actually have transfers the next week, and we are sad that our trio is splitting up.  I should be staying.

Love you all, and miss you!  Abraços e Beijos!!! 
                                              (Hugs & Kisses)
Até a próxima semana, se cuidam.

(Until next week take care of themselves/yourselves)  

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