Monday, January 16, 2012

Here We Go Again!

Hello everybody!

So this keyboard is really hard to type on, I´ll just say that right now. But it is about 4 o´clock right now and so far, I´ve had an AWESOME p-day, but I´ll talk about that more later.

So, this week was probably the best I´ve had on the mission and I´ll just go ahead and credit it to the help we got from the member´s (hint hint). We moved into our new house this week, but our furniture and appliances haven´t showed up yet, so we´ve been living in the stone age! But it is really nice. it was funny because all of our stuff was brought over in a little tiny truck piled about 8 feet high. I have a picture (but no way to send it... pois é).

Tuesday, we had interviews with the President. We waited about 4 hours until it was our turn, and he had been taking a while with the other elders. So Elder Baltazar went in and i was helping the secretaries out (because I was bored out of my mind!) and about 5 minutes after he went in, he came back out. He called me in, we chatted for a bit and he said ´´Well, I don´t have any questions for you, so if you don´t have any questions could you offer a prayer?´´ I won´t lie, I felt cheated! But then again, interviews aren´t really to chat for 30 minutes, so I counted my blessings for the other 25 minutes. After, we went to Burger King and headed back to our area. We had the baptismal interview for Carlos about an hour after we got back. Theres a cool story that goes with this too!

So, Carlos went to church on Sunday and really enjoyed it, and he had already gone a few times, so he could be baptised if he wanted. We set an appointment for the interview and headed on our way. During the day of the interview, he was having some doubts and he was just talking to himself, thinking what he would do. He at first thought he would just go down the street and forget about being baptised, but he thought about it more, and decided he would sit and wait 15 minutes, and then leave. So he made up his mind and sat down to wait. The instant he sat down, we called out to let him know that we were here. He told the elder interviewing him that he would never leave the church ever because of that.

It was just one of those things where it really wasn´t because of the missionaries that he was baptised. We were just doing what we were supposed to, and the Lord did the rest. It really amazed me. I was blessed with the honor of baptising him the next day. He was the only member of the family not baptised, so I hope they will be ready to go to the temple when the temple is ready for them!

But this week gets better! On Thursday, we set up an appointment with a member to teach some kids at the church before we played soccer. So we prepared the first lesson and we went to go teach them. The member shows up, and he had 7 teenaged boys with him. We were floored. We went in and taught, and every single one of them payed attention the whole time. 7 boys, waiting to play soccer, payed attention to us talk for 30 minutes. We were amazed. Every one of them passed on their addresses for us to talk to their families too. We taught some of them on Saturday and they were all excited about our message. We had five investigators at church on Sunday. We were very happy and the member I think was even happier than we were!

Today was awesome too! We went to the city center, which is actually by the beach. There is a big shopping center there, and we walked around for about 3 hours just looking at all the things they had (Think downtown el Paso times 10). Afterwards, we ate at a really good self service restaurant, and on our way back, we went to a HUGE Cathedral. It was all white on the inside and had the stained glass and everything. I took pictures and everything, but I´ll show them to you later. I ended up buying a Corinthians Jersey for R$15. It is super awesome! Its white with a red dragon and yeah... I´m excited about it!

All in all, that was our week. Lots of fun and lots of hard work! But that´s all I have today!

Vós amo muito! Sempre se lembre que Deus nos ama mais do que qual quer pessoa no mundo! Ou seja, como a gente fala aqui, Deus é fiel!

Com um embração,
Elder Cornwell.

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