Monday, May 6, 2013

Quase dia das mães!

Hello Everybody! So, my week wasn't super full of great events, but I've got plenty of quick highlights to share!

So, we've been meeting with two people from the area book, Jefferson and Silvia, but it's difficult with them, since neither is able to go to church on Sunday. Silvia does some military thing, and Jefferson has to stay at his Dad's house.

Tarcio, we weren't really able to talk to this week, since he has been sick the whole week, but we will start talking to him again this week.

On Wednesday, we taught Nonata and Luis Carlos, who have a son who just got back from his mission, but lives in another neighborhood. We talked about the Book of Mormon with them, and read a part. Nonata has heard the lessons a lot, so she already has a testimony, but she just doesn't know it. She also has a complicated home life, that for now, impedes her from being baptized right now, but we are helping as much as we can. She came to church on Sunday (actually , we were running late and she went ahead of us!). But she just loved church and came to an activity we did at night. Her son, Pablo, and us are feeling really good about the chances this time around. We had talked to her about how she would have to continue in the church and with the Book of Mormon no matter what to really use the Gospel in her life.

We also talked with Franklin, Lucicleide and Marcio (Lucicleide's brother). We gave them a straight challenge to stop drinking coffee altogether, with the promise that if they did such, they would be ready for baptism on the 25th. We really saw that to be true. Franklin and Marcio, especially Marcio progressed a TON this week. We can really see a difference in them, even over the course of just a few days.

On Friday, we talked with the boyfriend of a new convert. He also has heard the discussions a lot, and we talked about how the Church of Jesus Christ would help him in ways that his current church simply is not capable.

So Sunday, we had an AWESOME activity called Um dia para recordar(A day to remember). We gave the first lesson over the pulpit, followed by a baptismal invite. Then we presented a slide show of baptism photos from the ward. Then there was a testimony part, were some of the older members talked about their conversion. The take president told about how he was influenced by the example of Tita, a soccer player who is also a member, at the time he played for Flamengo and the Brazilian National Team. Knowing that he could play soccer and be a member of the church, he knew that nothing would get in his way of being baptized. All in all it was an awesome super spiritual activity that we will continue next week. There were about 40 members this week, and I bet each person will bring two or three more people.

So that was my week! I'll talk to the family on Sunday!

Elder Cornwell

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