Monday, September 9, 2013
Milagre desta semana (miracle of this week)
This week the Bishop told us of a family whose father had been in the hospital and he had visited. They lived out in the jungle pretty much. To get there is a 20-30 min. bus ride on dirt roads passing ranches and people riding horse drawn carriages, really cool. But we got there and were thinking that there is no way that this family will come to church because of how far it is. So we find the house, everyone was home, all 6 of them. We brought them all into the living room, if you can call it that, and taught the restoration. It went so well, best lesson here yet. Everyone was feeling the spirit and my companion and I were working so great together. After the lesson we committed them to go to church and to get baptized. All said yes to baptism, 2 sons have work on Sunday which is really common here. So we were really happy, but still worried that the family wouldn't show up to church because the mother is a nurse and works the night shift and wouldn't get done until 9 in the morning and church starts at 8:30 in the morning. So we went back to our house and the next day got to church and were waiting for them, luckily Sacrament is last. And they all showed up! They really had a good time, and the father said that he had read the chapter we had left with him and that when he prayed about it he felt really good. They are so excited.
The bad thing about this week was that we had two baptisms scheduled. The same ones that didn't make it to church last week. This week the parents said that they would have a car and that they would be able to make it to church. Sunday come around and we´re waiting for them and they aren't showing up. So we try to call them, cell phone's not working, they only have one cell phone and no house phone which is common of the really small flavellas. So we were really worried and were waiting and waiting, but they never showed up. We hope that it is just a problem with a car. Haven´t been able to go over there yet, on the plans for today.
Went on splits for the first time this week. Was with a Brasileiro from Rio who has only been here 6 more weeks than me and has only been in the church for almost 2 years. He is really cool and we had a great time. We found 3 new families that said we could come and teach them. Saw a "gypsy" the other day too. She was dressed in really colorful clothes and had only gold teeth and gold jewelery, and a high school musical backpack.
Went to the federal police on Thursday to get registered. Was a lot of fun because we were sitting waiting for them to call us to get registered and up the stairs walks a group from the CTM, all people that we know. They were pretty excited to see us. They kept asking us questions and were so excited because they leave this week. They all said we looked so much older after just almost two weeks in the field. Also got to see some friends from the CTM that are in São Paulo Sul missão. One of them was in the same stake as my companion and was super excited when he found out who my companion was.
Everything is going great here. Sounds like a crazy week with cross-country and the sealing and trips and everything. OH! Another thing-Dave I got your letter finally!!!!! And I got the letter that the young women sent. Tell Sister Leavitt thanks for the talk. Speaking of talks, this week my comp. gave a talk. Afterwards the bishop asked me and the other new elder to give talks the week after next, because it's stake conference next Sunday. So I have two weeks to find time to get a talk together. Should be fun. Would love to see pictures of the first day. If you already sent them I didn't get them, got the email about them though.