Another good week this week! We started out getting hit by a car Monday night, but it just knicked us in the legs and took our shoes off. Haha it wasn´t too serious, but it WAS intentional. We thanked the very nice man and went on our way with 0 complaints whatsoever… But seriously we´re fine haha 🙂
So we got to visit our girl Francisca a few times this week and she´s getting ready for her baptism next Sunday! She´s already the entire Gospel principles book through, and has been absolutely devouring the Book of Mormon. So here´s her little story we weren´t totally aware of last week: she has been coming out of depression as of late. She gets judged really hard about Hiago and she decided to just stay at home. Then one day she decided she had had enough. She said a little prayer and left with Hiago and Mariana to go to the park that was the farthest from her house and she met us with Isabel.
Francisca is LOVING church and she is LOVING the Book of Mormon. She´s so much happier than the day we met her, and the ward has accepted her so well. We´re working with a really great group of members here, they truly want to see the work of the Lord progress in Taguatinga and we´re all enjoying being able to see our work paying off. Dayane moved to Taguatinga!! I can´t remember if I had said anything about her recently, but she lived in Aguas Lindas for a while but she moved over here recently to be closer to the church. Things are going slow, but super good for our first transfer in the area.
Pretty short this week but I´m gonna institute a challenge with all yall. Did that make sense..? Institute? Let´s pretend it did. But the challenge comes from Elder Devin G Durrant´s talk in Conference this last October about “ponderize”. How many of yall actually did that? Because I know I didn´t start until now. So this week, I want EVERYONE to choose a scripture and do that. I´ll let his talk explain it a little better: “My second invitation is quite different from and much more important than the first. It is this: I invite you to ‘ponderize’ one verse of scripture each week. The word ponderize is not found in the dictionary, but it has found a place in my heart. So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say it’s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization. There are two simple steps: First, choose a verse of scripture each week and place it where you will see it every day. Second, read or think of the verse several times each day and ponder the meaning of its words and key phrases throughout the week. Imagine the uplifting results of doing this weekly for six months, a year, 10 years, or more. As you make this effort, you will feel an increase in spirituality. You will also be able to teach and lift those you love in more meaningful ways. If you choose to ponderize weekly, you may feel a bit like a person who has enjoyed snorkeling in the past but has now decided to try scuba diving. With that decision, a deeper understanding of gospel principles will be yours and new spiritual perspectives will bless your life. As you reflect on your selected verse each week, words and phrases will be written on your heart. Words and phrases will also be written on your mind. In other words, memorization will take place easily and naturally. But the primary goal of ponderizing is to provide an uplifting place for your thoughts to go—a place that keeps you close to the Spirit of the Lord.”
Try this out this week and let me know how it goes. I started on Sunday and it´s so awesome to see the things I´m learning from just one scripture! I promise that as you do this you really will find a new appreciation for the scriptures and the words of the living prophets, and will have a deeper desire to learn more about them.
I love you all! peace be the journey
With all the love I can give through a handshake,