Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015

Hey family! 

What a week!  It was another work-filled, crazy week, but it was a good one.  Everyone here in Brazil keeps talking about how the US is getting hit with so much snow.  We're just getting a loooooot of rain!  Rain is our enemy because people shut up their houses and it is hard to talk with people, but things still happen.

This week, man oh man, we talked and talked and shared scriptures and testimonies with M___, but she is one tough cookie! She said she WILL get baptized, but only 3 months from now... haha so yeah.  She made a 'pact' with us that she is going to read the Book of Mormon with her Recent Convert husband 30 minutes each day, hold family home evening each week, and attend all of the church meetings in this time to be 'more prepared'.  I guess some people just really need more time.

We found a few neat people this week after a rocking, motivational mission conference.  There is so much energy and such a strong spirit during mission conferences when alllll of the missionaries are untied with President.  It is something that I'm already starting to miss.... We left the conference pumped and motivated to find some people, and Heavenly Father opened the door of W_____ and W______ - some cool guys from the sticks of Paraná.  They had lots of questions and became our friends so fast.  Only W______ came to church because of a mis-communication, but hopefully this week, W______ can come, too, and we'll be able to find some elects.

It's funny... whenever you plan something GOOD for the people you teach, it all goes wrong!  Our ride bailed to take W_____ to church, so we scrambled to call a taxi, (because the bus would have taken another hour...) and then church seemed to drag on forevvvvveerrr!  Haha but the elects of the Lord don't notices gaps like that, so hopefully, we'll be able to teach him and baptize him!

The weeks are passing by SO fast now!   We're trying to fill all of our time with meaningful work here in Tarumã.

I LOVE the Book of Mormon!  I LOVE all of the scriptures.  It is all so plain and obviously laid out the path we must tread to return to our Father in Heaven.  I have a goal of finishing D&C before I get home, and have loved studying the revelations received.  One of my favorites is, D&C 82:10

 10 I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.

It's that easy.  When we obey, we're blessed and have the promise of GOD. When we choose to disobey for whatever reason (no matter how "justified"), we don't have the blessings or protection of the Gospel.  Our joy cannot be full.  I am so thankful for the simple, eternal and priceless gospel truths that guide and direct us to happiness.  It's a time-tested, fail-proof way to be better, live better, and to have true joy in this life and the life to come.  It's TRUE!

Love forever, 

- Sometimes when the days are hot and things aren't going too well, we and the Sisters get some free ice cream!  Ice cream makes everything better!

- Our chapel being reformed

- Bairro Alto/Tarumã

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