Monday, September 16, 2013

Brasil - Week 20: Varzea Grande

Tuesday- So today we had lunch with the Bishop’s mother-in-law and afterward she gave us a big bag of MANGOS!!! We are really livin’ the good life haha!! J BUT all o four appointments fell through... we actually had one that told us she doesn’t want our visits. So yeah...we went back home and started organizing what little Area Book we have. 
Wednesday- We had a really cool District meeting! We talked about “How is your relationship with your companion” and what Elder John (District Leader) did was he hid a cake in another room and had the Elders side by side one facing forward the other facing back and he taped the the legs that were touching together and blindfolded the one facing front and gave the other a mirror and told them to find the cake. So off they went! Haha! It was interesting. Only using a small hand mirror to lead two people but the did it! Then they blindfolded me and had sister Kimball stand in front of me and I had to put my hands in front of us and try and cut the cake into 6 pieces with her direction....only in was a lot of “UH NÃO!” “UGH” But finally we got it. Then the other Elders in the same form of Sister Kimball and I had to try and remove a piece of cake. All in all it was really interesting. And I learned that Sister Kimball and I need to talk about the problems better and I need to stop trying to do everything alone and rely on her. It was a good learning experience. J We then returned home and finished our Area Book because all o four visits fell through....again. :/
Thursday- SO have I got a story about today!!!! ENTÃO We were going to do a contact day and just find new people to teach when we found the road we have been looking for for a week because we have a referral here! So we found the house and the lady said “oh he is my nephew but he doesn’t live here no. But you can try that house down there and they can help you better.” So we went to this house and this man answered and when we asked bout this kid he said “oh maybe. I don’t know all of my wife’s family. But come on in and you can ask her!” So in we went! Thinking “ah how great we can teach this family!!” right? So we walk in and the lady, Maria Lina, says “Oh no I don’t know him no. But come in! Come in! You are doing such a beautiful work, serving the Lord! Are you hungry?? Come in sit down!! Eat this couscous!! Do you want anything else? Anything to drink?” Stuff like that and we are all like “Wow! She is so sweet! Lets share a message with her!” So we walk in and there is this guy (he was like 20ish) siting at the table and we introduce ourselves and then he says “Oh yeah come in eat! And then we will pray for you!” Now when I heard this I started thinking “Oh no. What church do they go to?!” Because here we have some strange ones. Ones that in their prayers everyone talks and really loudly and give the Holy Ghost in strange ways and receive the Holy Ghost strangely, really just big shows of “Faith” so the world knows whats going on but not with the Spirit. But in we went and we ate and while we were eating in walks 2 other men and a woman, so we are thinking “Oh yeah we can teach everyone! No problem!” Then we finished and sang “How Great Thou Art” and shared a scripture and then Maria Lina thanks us and says “Now I want to share a hymn from our church, *&%$&*(I won’t give the name for respectful purposes, but its one of the ones that is really bad about the prayers and HG)” So when she said that I started thinking “Oh snap!! What now!!” But she started singing really loud about Jesus and as she was singing the 22yr old stands up and grabs the table and closes his eyes and starts saying stuff like “praise Jesus!” “Glory to God” “Amen!!” ya know and then Maria Lina grabs Sister Kimball!! Like one hand on her chest and the other on her back!! And starts shaking S. Kimball and stomping her feet!!!! And during this Sister Kimball and I are so shocked and stunned and trying not to laugh!! And the 22yr old keeps on with the praises and then she stops. And yeah. It was crazy. So Sister Kimball and I just don’t know what to say but know that we need to say something so we just started saying thank you. And then before we can do anything else the 22yr old says “and now we will pray” and everyone stands up and so we do too and he tells me “Grab the hand of your sister!” So I did and then he starts praying and then everyone else starts praying and I and Sister Kimball just awkwardly stood there slightly scared that someone else would try to give us the Holy Ghost! And in the prayer the 22yr old starts saying stuff about Americans blah blah blah. Then after we just kind of thank them again and then he starts preaching to us about how we need to pray lest Satan gets his hands on us. So we say “ah sim amen!” and thank him again and then start leaving. We were SO scared!! We left with like beating hearts and fear! Luckily a member lives close by so we went to her house to clam down! We now avoid that house!!!
Friday- We met 3 people really awesome!! 1st  Heloiza. She is a single mother of a 2yr old boy. We taught her the first lesson and she really liked it. We really think she will progress!! :D 2nd Luci-ma. She has already been introduced to the Elders and actually she asked a member to send us to her house with literature of the church. So we went with Book of Mormons in hand! We started talking to her and she really just wants Pearls of Great Price  because she has already read the Book of Mormon, Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, and the Gospel Principals book!! So we talked to her about baptism and going to Stake Conference with us this week. She told us that she doesn't think she can because she needs to stay home because she never really has lunch with her husband and this is the only time she has and because the stake center is kind of long and because she has to use the bus she wouldn’t have time to come back and fix lunch for everyone. So we just told her to pray about it and Heavenly Father will help her find a way to do all she needs to Sunday. She promised to.
Saturday- We met with just about all o four people today!! We met with Adrielli who is close to baptism but isn’t 100% sure yet. But she promised to pray about it. We met with a member referral named Kelvin but he wants more time to think if he wants lessons or not...(he is only 14)...and then with this guy Paulo and his wife. Turns out he has 21 that he uses to study to learn better what the passage says. Problem is that he really just wants to study the Book of Mormon and doesn’t want us to explain, we tried but every time we said anything about the Bible he started telling us Bible history. We were in his house with them for like 2 hours!! And most of that time was listening to him!! But we finally got to talk about Joseph Smith and how he was called to be a Prophet and his wife starts telling us that we can’t have prophets today because at the end of Revelations it says so. And that John was the final prophet. So needless to say nothing really got through but we left them with the Book of Mormon (actually we met Paulo a few days before and he asked for a copy and I said that we would mark some scriptures for him too) and in the Book I wrote out our testimonies about the Book of Mormon and marked for him to read the testimonies of the 3, 8, and Joseph Smith. So I think it will help him.
Sunday- We had conference. It was really good, President and Sister Reber spoke. We rode with Adrielli so she was there only problem was we got there kind of late and we had to sit in the back.....lots crying children. :/ But after we visited with Luci-ma and she said that she went!! She said that she prayed for help to go and then she rode the bus there and during she said that she didn’t regret it! She felt awesome, especially during Pres. Reber’s talk! And then after a member offered to drive her home!!!! So she made it back in time!! And she also said that the rest of her day was super great!! She also thanked Sister Kimball and I a lot. She said that it was because of us that she went. She then said that she thinks she wants to continue in the church!!!!! She is now praying about a baptism date!! :D This just goes to show that the Lord ALWAYS provides a way, you just have to be willing to take the first step! 1 Nephi 3:7 J

Sister Emma Marion
Our District! Várzea Grande!
Elder John(DL), Elder Santana, Elder Silva, Elder Correa, & Sister Kimball and I
August 2013 - Month 5

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