Senhor, você já comeu iogurte congelado com minha irmã?! E você?! QUANTOS DE VOCÊS JÁ COMERAM iogurte congelado com minha irmã essa semana, a semana do aniversário dela?!
Hahaha I don´t even know if frozen yogurt is a thing here, haven´t found it yet. But here´s my week fam!!!
We started off pretty shaky this week, ruff stuff. It was just a bunch of rejection and cranky old people and a bird pooped on my hand hahahaha that is a sensation I hope none of you experience. ANYWAYS Monday was great, we were feeling good. Tuesday started off great, we were still feeling good. And then comes Tuesday night. It was looking promising, we had some solid people planned to end the day, we were putting people on date for baptism it was a pretty decent day until then. And we pass by Ana Paula and Karol´s house because WE LOVE THEM. And before we even started they asked, “Hey so… If somebody told you that they didn´t want to meet with you anymore and didn´t want to learn anymore, would you guys get really mad?” And on the inside we felt like “Wait what are you breaking up with us what did we do wrong WE CAN CHANGE” but we just explained that it´s their choice, we can´t force them into anything! And we prayed to start the lesson.
It started off great, they were still doing everything they could to get baptized! They all really want to turn their life around and be better people. They read and pray together religiously. They´re at church every Sunday. They´re helping each other out with problems they have with the Word of Wisdom and other things, making sure everyone is in line and doing what we all should be doing. They´re an incredible family. But they came out and told us that they didn´t want to get baptized anymore, at least for now. They all still wanted to get baptized really bad, but had decided it wasn´t their time yet. They basically said “We´ll just call yall and let yall know when we´re ready.”… It was heartbreaking, so we just left them with a scripture and our testimonies hoping that the Spirit would work with them in the next couple of days.
We visited them every now and then, just leaving little scripture messages with them and stuff. And we went back on Thursday. They had decided that they were ready, and that even though they didn´t know everything, they knew enough. And that´s what matters to them. It reminded me a lot of a talk Elder Anderson gave a couple years ago in Conference about the same deal. This situation with this family reminded me of that talk, especially this little shnippet of it : “Our spiritual journey is the process of a lifetime. We do not know everything in the beginning or even along the way. Our conversion comes step-by-step, line upon line. We first build a foundation of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We treasure the principles and ordinances of repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. We include a continuing commitment to prayer, a willingness to be obedient, and an ongoing witness of the Book of Mormon. (The Book of Mormon is powerful spiritual nourishment.) We then remain steady and patient as we progress through mortality. At times, the Lord’s answer will be, ‘You don’t know everything, but you know enough’—enough to keep the commandments and to do what is right. Remember Nephi’s words: ‘I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.'” They´re such a special family, we´ve gotten so close to them. And now Karol is getting baptized this weekend and since her mom is still fighting a smoking addiction, we´re working really hard with her as well and I know she´s ready to get baptized here right quick. Miracles happen on the mission, and this was one of the many tender mercies the Lord has shown me since I´ve been here!
“The doctrine is clear; we are to be positive and of good cheer. We emphasize our faith, not our fears.” -Elder Quentin L Cook
So that whole deal put us in the slumps for a day or so, we were just really confused about everything. But we got back into the swing of things real quick!! We´ve been doing a lot of finding this week because our teaching pool is straight getting draaaiiinnneeeddd. And as much as I LOVE knocking doors (which in Brazil is clapping your hands super loud outside the gate) and tracting it really has been starting to work and people are just starting to show up and it´s super cool! I love this place.
I think that´s about it for this week, it was kinda slow aside from all that. But transfers are coming up next week and Alarcon is probably gonna leave 😦 but I´M STAYYYIN
AND YOU´RE GONNA LOVE MEEEEEE!!! I love all yall! peace be the journey.