This week was good.
Yesterday was kind of a bummer because of some things. We got chewed out
by this lady - oh my goodness gracious- I have never felt so much hate
coming from person just because of our religion. We just sat there and
listened and I asked a few questions and it was obvious she didn't know
anything about the church, only what her pastor had told her. I tried to
explain and to help her understand but she wouldn't let us talk. So we
just sat there and listened and listened and listened to this woman
proclaim she was a person of God and that God loved here even though she
drank and smoke, and drinks coffee, etc. etc. and that we were a Satan worshiping cult etc. etc. and that she doesn't know Mormon etc.
etc. After about 1/2 hour of this I asked her if I could say something.
And she said yes - I bore my testimony that I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father and the He loves her just as much as me and that the
church and the Book of Mormon were true because God told me through the
spirit. And that I couldn't deny that. There isn't anyone or anything that a
person can say that will make me change the path I am on. I ended with a
prayer and prayed that God would help her learn to love other people
and have respect for other people's differences and that she could be
happy. Then we gave goodbye kisses and left. I think she kind of felt
stupid after, because she apologized. But she has been corrupting our
investigator which makes me mad. She is the mom of Nayara who is the
wife of our little elect family who now wants nothing to do with the church. But the husband still believes. And I know everything will work
out. It is always good to suffer a little for the name of Jesus Christ.
Makes me appreciate the atonement a little better.
That was last night - but the rest of the week has been filled with
wonderful miracles and spiritual experiences. One such was when we were
tracting and clapping on doors and we found a woman who said that she
had been praying to God to help better her life. She said that she would
not enter into His house unless He helped get her life to be better. And
then we showed up. She is a really sweet old lady - and I want to help
her. Her husband died and she is struggling with a lot of things. I am
hoping we can mark a baptismal date with her this week. We will see.
Our one investigator Felipe who is super duper interesting is still
reading the Book of Mormon but still thinks that it isn't necessary to
go to church and to be baptized by water. Even after I showed every
scripture in the bible and Book of Mormon to prove to him, he still has these
ridiculous thoughts. But he is a good kid. He will come around. We are
bringing the bishop with us to our next visit. He just needs a spiritual
We had interviews this week as well. We have transfers in two weeks
and President said that I will be staying in Campos and I will be
training again. So that will be nice. The more advanced in the mission I
get - the more I like change. I will miss sister Moyano but it will be
fun to have a new comp. It will either be a Brasi or an American. I want
the Brasi just to better my Portuguese but we will see. k- my time is up
love you lots