I loved hearing about Liz's post on facebook :) That's super cute
Wow, that's crazy about Bonnie, but at least she's in the US right and has medical help there right? Imagine if she was in Brasil. Maybe that's why she never got her visa
I was telling the branch president here about how your wedding anniversary and Chinese food saved my life and he chuckled a bit.
Have you ever heard of Doctor Ray? He was in my area, Pindamonhongaba, this last Saturday and one of the young woman of the church saw him and took a video with him. I was hoping he would show up at church but he didn't, he's a fubeca. I believe he's a member of the church.
This week, we were knocking doors to find new investigators and we knocked (or really clapped) one door and out came a man and we began to talk and he said he had a cousin that was a missionary too. We entered in the house and we began to talk and they were all very nice and receptive and we came to know that this cousin of his that served a mission came to know the church because she did a foreign exchange student type of thing and went and lived with a family in Las Vegas that was a member of the church. There, she came to know the church and decided to become a member. She came back to Brasil and then served a mission in Brasil but now she teaches in the MTC here in São Paulo and her non-member mom is "more Mormon than the other members of the church" according to the missionaries there who go there monthly to eat lunch. And her entire family now has that basic understanding and connection with the church and if it wasn't for her, maybe this other family would never have let us in. Interesting right? All because one LDS Family opened up their house :) It's a Marvelous idea :) I loved it, I think I might do something like it haha.
This week has been one of my best weeks with Elder Rivera. I've said a lot about him and complained about some things and he does have some problems but I've been really prideful as well and I recognized that this last week and a bit so I'm trying to be more humble and be a better friend of him and loving him and it's making a difference.
Any news on Pres Ferrin’s visa?? I hope he doesn’t have to be gone long! That IS crazy!
The president was also wanting to return soon but in his weekly letter to the missionaries, he said that that was his selfish desire getting in the way of the will of the Lord so he and we are pretty well set that the Lord has a great plan in all of this and that this new president that will end up coming will be able to help in other ways that that the Lord wants the mission to be helped. We'll see what happens.
What is your bathroom of death?? I’m intrigued!
Oh it's just a really disgusting 2nd bathroom that we have.
How is the work going? Who are you teaching?
It's good, we goign to start doing a night of integration weekly which is just like a fun activity for the whole branch to participate and for the members to bring friends and for the investigators to be integrated so I'm happy to get this going. We've got some hopeful investigators but no one that's really Ready to be baptized and time is short so I'm gonna continue. It sufficeth me to say that it goes well. and I'm excited and happy.
Also, in my unpacking I found a pocket size Book of Mormon. I think it was Jonathan’s. It’s in a special cereal box case he must have made for it. Do you want me to send it to you?
...nah just hold onto it. I'll just stick with my regular Portuguese Book of Mormon
Also, a new debit card came for your account. I should probably activate it and send it to you. I’m just hesitant to send that in the mail… What do you think? Have you used your card recently? I wonder if it still works…? I should probably send it – maybe tucked in the pages of the Book of Mormon.
Ummm...maybe you can call the bank and see if the old card will still work?
Anything else you need?
I believe that here in a couple weeks there will come some colored pencil pens (2 of them) from china that I ordered so just be waiting for that and then when it comes, you can send it to me with anything else I'm wanting/needing at that time. How much is it to send a package like that with 2 pens?
How are those shoes holding up?
They're holdin'. We'll see if they make it the whole 2 years.
Thanks for the letter and the love and the prayers.