Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Birthday to Elder Cornwell - Another Fast Week!

Hello everybody!

So a quick thought. My companion says to lots of people that he has never met an American so nuts for futbol like me (although I just like sports in general). He says that I´m more into it than most Brazilians haha. That being said, Corinthians is going to win the Copa Libertadores on the 4th of July, and that will be my fireworks celebration!

But yeah... this week went by REALLY fast for me.

Tuesday, we went to our district meeting and the bus was REALLY slow, so we got there a little late, but the rest of the zone hadn´t even started yet. We headed out at the normal time, which was before the end. Afterwards, we got back to Baturité and had lunch. The afternoon was slow, but at night we visited Marcos and Valdir. They both didn´t go to church the last Sunday when they had certainty that they would. One was sick, the other had to go to the ´city hall´ to take care of some business that couldn´t wait. But we just wanted to help them GET TO CHURCH!

Wednesday, we had lunch with Irmã Renata, who lives way far away! Her husband is less active, so we had lunch and we were giving the message when he got back from work. The message was a real picker-upper type of scripture. In Alma 44, it reads the following:

“3 But now, ye behold that the Lord is with us; and ye behold that he has delivered you into our hands. And now I would that ye should understand that this is done unto us because of our religion and our faith in Christ. And now ye see that ye cannot destroy this our faith.
 4 Now ye see that this is the true faith of God; yea, ye see that God will support, and keep, and preserve us, so long as we area faithful unto him, and unto our faith, and our religion; and never will the Lord suffer that we shall be destroyed except we should fall into transgression and deny our faith.”

I tied this in with a talk in general conference where someone told a story about President Hinckley and a recent convert who would probably be hated for his new faith. President Hinckley asked if he was willing to sacrifice so much to which the boy asked ´its true, isn´t it?´ President Hinckley responded with certainty that it is, and the boy said ´Then what else matters?´ I told the sister without a doubt that the gospel and the church are true, and that NOTHING can destroy our true faith and stop us from going to church. The whole time her husband was around the corner hiding/listening, so who knows what will happen from here. Afterwards we visited the family of Irmâo Domingos, whose family is getting REALLY excited to come back to church. They moved houses this week, so it was nearly impossible for them to come this week, but they are VERY excited. Afterwards we talked with Erivaldo, whose son is going to serve a mission. He had some doubts and questions, so we sat down and answered them. Afterwards we explained to him that he understood the what of the mission, but that they why of the mission was much more important. I pulled out a Book of Mormon and placed it in front of him and said ´this is the why. Read it, and you will know why your son is so sure about his mission.´ He was very excited and very grateful for our visit. The only problem is he works a TON, so it is very hard to talk to him, but we will keep trying.

The rest of the week didn´t have a ton of highlights that I can really remember, so I will just skip to Saturday.

So Saturday. I woke up normal and everything. About 7:30, Sister Souza called to wish a happy birthday and told me to make a cake, but our oven is broken, so that idea ´went up in flames´har har har. We headed out early because lunch was out in the boonies again with Irmã Eliza. She made a ton of really good food for us and I ate a TON! It was my birthday ´lunch´ haha. Afterwards we got back and visited Valdir again, and Irmâo Domingos. The next thing I can remember is that we went to Herlany´s house and her mom gave us pizza and soda to commemorate. I also got Mom´s message through facebook from Isabel and Herlany. All in all it was a good day, mainly because I got a ton of food! It didn´t really even feel like my birthday at all haha.

Sunday was normal as well. Church was pretty disorganized and had almost nobody there. Herlany and her cousin came to church (what a shame her cousin doesn´t live here, but Elders had already passed in her house, and she still remembers their names). Afterwards, President gave us our lunch in a tupperware container and we ate at home, and then visited less actives and other people. We finished the night at Branco and Ancylia´s and they fed us, like always haha.

So that was my week! It´s passed by way fast! This next week is the last week of transfers, so who knows what will happen next week! I only know that a ton of Elders are leaving.

Love you all!
Elder Cornwell

Birthday Pizza for Elder Cornwell - Photo courtesy of Herlany

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