Monday, November 18, 2013
How are you all?! Everyone getting buckled in for the winter? It is starting to get cold here now. We have to wear a sweater every day, and at night it really drops even more so we usually use a sweater and a coat. It doesn't get down below freezing here, but the humidity makes is a different kind of cold. I might have to get gloves, and possibly a scarf.
This week was an awesome week. The sad news is that Ernesto did not end up getting baptized on Sunday; however he is remarked for this Sunday. I think he can be ready for this Sunday. He just wants to be really sure. We explained to him that it really is a step of faith, but that though the Book of Mormon he can receive an answer from God. So, he is going to be more diligent about reading and praying.
Some of the awesome things that happened... We received a reference from a member (one of my first on the mission) for a Brazilian lady who is a friend of hers. She is awesome. She has a lot of struggles in her life right now, but she is has a firm faith in God and wants to be closer to Him, and really knows that we can help her with that. We want to mark her for not this Sunday but the one after that.
Yesterday was a day of miracles. To start off, we were 11 lessons behind our weekly goal, but we were determined to get those 11 lessons all in one day. Well, we just kept finding person after person who let us talk with them, teach them, and pray with them. Usually it is really difficult and takes a lot of time to find one person. But we just found one after the other, after the other, after the other. We prayed together after each one, thanking Heavenly Father for his help.
At one point in the day we had 5 or 6 lessons. We were headed towards a predio (a big apartment building) that we wanted to try and knock. Well, these predios (said 'pray-dee-oh) are all locked, but every once in a while you find one open. Well, we felt like we needed to knock this one, but it was locked. We started to walk away, but then say a lady get out of her car, look at us, and then use her key to get into the predio. We were sad, because if we would have stayed we thought she might have let us in. But then, she was standing on the inside of the predio, door locked, looking still looking at us through the glass door, as if to make sure we didn’t try to get in the predio. We started to walk away again, thinking it was a bit odd, but then decided, what the heck; we'll give it a shot. Well, we went back, and the lady let us in. We told her who we were and what we do, and it turned out that she was SUPER elect, so ready to hear our message. Long awesome story short, she introduced us to her daughter and her daughter also is so ready.
That day we ended up teaching all the 11 lessons we needed, and finding so many awesome people. There is more to the story of that lady, Marcia and her daughter, Rafaela, but I have to go now, we need to hurry and get to our Branch President's house.
Love you all so much!!