Monday, February 20, 2012

Wk 81 - Another week come and gone

-elder robertson (we played basketball last p day) 

me, elder sadler, elder 
augusto, and elder lima 
after a hard rain
storm...soakin wet!

--its been rainin a lot lately.. the landscape

my guitar
Area: Teresina Horto 2
Companion: Elder Lima

Ya know.... I gotta say that im thankful to have a family that are
firm in the church with me. There are so many elders here that have
been members for less than 5 years or so and their families either
have no members or there are only a brother or sister or just one
parent that are members of the church and when they go to email they
usually dont have many emails, or they get emails about how they are
having physical or financial problems at home. Some even have parents
that ask for them to come home and help with the problems... It is a
amazing to see the faith that these young men have and the loyalty
they show in serving a mission. On sunday we sang the song ´Count your
many blessings´ and that is one blessing that im grateful for. I
realized that my inicial reaction to your email with quotations and a
report on sacrament meeting was a feeling of, ´ah man, again?´ but i
really have learned to appreciate loving parents that are concerned
about the lessons we learn from studying and applying the gospel in
our lives. So thanks for everything.

The week has been pretty..... different i guess you could say. I think
valentines day was on tuesday??? at least i think it was. Well, they
dont really have valentines day here so i wouldnt know. But on tuesday
we did have a good day. elder Almeida (the one that i lived with in
campo maior) came to teach with me and elder lima during the day
because his companion was transfered and his new companion hadnt
arrived still. At lunch i ate more food than i have probably eaten in
my life... It was insane. My gut was stickin way out, i think i downed
about 3 kilos of food. The food lost its flavor by the end. Anyway,
the day went well and we taught some contacts in the street, but the
end of the day we talked to our recent converts and their parents.
(ana karine and kelly´s parents) The dad would get baptized really
quick i think, but the mom is really catholic. But they are a good
family and i am pretty sure that one day they will be baptized.

Wednesday was a good day as well. We taught some new investigators
again, but at night there was an activity in the church. Now that we
are going to the Buenos Aires ward, the new ward mission leader is
awesome. He prepared a message for the group and left time for
everyone to bear their testimonies. there were about 100 people there,
which is incredible, and about 5 or so people that were in the chapel
for the first time. Afterward there was cake for everyone and we got a
ride home from a member because it was raining!

Thursday was interesting... the member that was going to give us lunch
told us to buy lunch, then at night he would give us money to
reimburse the money we spent. I ended up getting some new guitar
strings as well and we ate quickly at a little restaurant.... (did i
tell you that i have a guitar now??) I bought a guitar from elder
Harding that was going home on monday.. he lives in Lehi. Anyway i got
it for 80 reais. But the day was good. We taught Ana virginia who is
doing okay.. she isnt really fulfilling the commitments that we leave
with her so it has been tough to help her progress. We also visited
michelly who is the neice of a member. She kind of stopped progressing
a little this week but she is still doing good. her aunt keeps telling
her to wait more time to get baptized.. We then talked to jesus, who
is domingos´s brother (domingos is a recent convert but a super strong
member) and he talked about he is feeling really bad because he helped
his girlfriend abort a baby. He is really feeling horrible about it
and we gave him a blessing. he has a desire to get baptized, but has a
kid with his girlfriend and she doesnt want to get married so its
complicated. We also taught a lady named luiza. She is a woman that is
a sister of a member. she came to the church for the first time to
that activity on wednesday. She said she knows the church is true
because when she went her brother got better from his sickness that
the doctors couldnt figure out what was the right medication. She went
to the church and when she got home, the last medicine he took solved
the problem. so it was a cool little miracle she had. but she doesnt
want to get baptized cause she wants to get to know the church
more.... common to say that here. we then went to pick up the money
that the member told us to pick up and it started pounding rain... we
got soaked so we just had a good time splashin it up all the way home.

Friday was Dad´s birthday right? HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! One year older
and wiser too... haha good luck. Man we are all gettin old. We had
lunch at the stake presidents house this day and he asked us to teach
him how to tie his tie... haha a member for 19 years and he always had
someone tie it and he just left it in the knot... We had a good lesson
with mateus, a young man but again doesnt do so well on studying and
praying, then we taught josé, who is the father of Ana karine and
kelly. He likes to talk to us and used to have a band so he played
some music for us too about jesus. We talked about the importance of
the gospel for our families and how God has a plan. And that at the
end of this plan, we want to be with our families forever... but to do
that we need to follow. Then he said that he wants to join the church
but his wife is holding him back haha she wears the pants in the
family if you know what i mean. At night once again there was a great
activity in the church. It started raining though so a lot of people
didnt come. But it was well planned and prepared and there were a lot
of games to play and it was a cool lesson about honesty and how we
follow god´s plan. Me and elder lima got to play a little bit of
basketball as well with some guys that didnt know how to play. it was
practically tackle basketball.

Saturday it rained... we got to lunch without getting too wet though.
we had time to visit a recent convert and his sister that was at the
activity, but not a member of the church. They said that they dont
like the rules that the church has (the commandments) so we tried to
explain why we have commandments.. anyway it was tough. We headed home
early because of carnaval and cleaned the house.

sunday we had church, lunch, and we taught a couple of people that
didnt go to church, then again it was time to go home because of
carnaval. We were told to study chapter 3 of PMG and learn better the
lessons that we teach.

It was a long week, sorry i wrote a bunch. I think a lot of what i
write really isnt necessary so i will try to shorten it up a bit and
write just about the good stuff that happened during the week what do
you think?

Well thanks for the updates. Loved the videos dad and the pic haha
ruger has quite the big grin. sounds like life is busy which is always
good. Love ya

Elder Smoot

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