We had such a great week here!
I am emailing a day late because we had a special zone meeting this wee. We went to a place called Campos do Jordão, which is about an hour away from Taubaté. It's a tiny town that looks like a mini Europe. Interestingly enough, we had our meeting on the top of a member's barn...it reminded me of Loa! It was very cold there, but it was nice to get a break from the heat. We then got to tour the town a little bit with our district. It was a great P-day, and we had a good time learning from Irma Therezina. She has a super sweet spirit and has become a wonderful member of the church.
We also had a meeting with President this week Guaretinguetá. We had a personal meeting as well. This man has helped me grow so much as a missionary and I owe him so much for the lessons he has taught me. Because of him, I have stayed motivated to share this Gospel.
We also go to visit José Valters' house and share a message with them. He and his wife are an older couple in the ward and they are awesome. They continue to progress. We also started a new program in our ward where we have members give out Books of Mormon to their friends and loved ones. After they give one out, they share their testimony about the experience the following Sunday. Jose gave a Book of Mormon to a friend and then shared his testimony and said that he knows the Book of Mormon is true. It is so awesome to see someone grow spiritually like that and see how I have been an instrument in the Lord's hands to help him in this area of his life.
Well this week flew by and I know this one will fly by too. I am working so hard and trying to talk to everyone I can while I am still here. I am not giving up!
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
July 21, 2014
Well another week in the books!
This was a good week! The Zone baptized 5 people and we should have another 7 or 8 baptisms next week. The Zone is doing great!
This week we were on our way to a lunch appointment when we got a little lost. We got off the bus on the wrong stop so we had to make our way around Taubaté until we found the right street. I felt like we should walk around this one area when this woman (Edna) stopped and started to stare at us funny. I felt like we should talk to her, but before we could say anything she came to use and asked us where the LDS church was. We were so surprised because we know the members in the area and we had not met her. She then explained that she had been in Taubaté for a while, but her and her family was inactive. She is divorced with six kids, all of whom are baptized except for the youngest.
We scheduled a time to come and share a message with her family. There is a member in the ward who lives just down the street from her who also joined. We decided to talk about the Holy Ghost and how we need to listen to those promptings and we related back to when we were lost after getting off the bus, but we were led to her. We invited Edna and her children back to church and they decided to come. The spirit was so incredibly strong as Edna decided that her family needed to come back to Church. Her and her youngest son, Marco Areilio, came to church and afterwards he said he wanted to continue to come. We will be teaching him later this week and I hope to see him baptized before I leave!
We visted José Valters again this week and shared a message with his family. He has prostate cancer that has spread to his bones. It is amazing to watch his wife take care of him and see how much they love each other. I can tell they are quite lonely because when they opened the door for us, Zezinha (the wife) just started crying and begged us to stay. We are going to continue to visit them. I love how serving others makes me feel.
Well, it seems that every time I write the time just passes by faster and faster. It's a good thing, and also the worst thing in the world because I just love this work and life so much. I love you guys more than anything, but I am going to have the hardest time leaving all of this behind.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!!