Monday, July 7, 2014

This is winter?

Ok, this week was hot! My 4th of July was probably just as hot as yours... haha! So on the 4th, there was another world cup game where Brasil played and won. So anyways, we stayed inside, and I borke open the English hymnbook and sang all the patriotic songs hahahahahha! ANd my companion is great- she and I both dressed in Red white and blue and took pictures. (But unfortuently right now we are having dificulties opening our photos on the computer....)

Anyways, random funny thing:
bahahahaaha there´s a crazy old lady member in our branch who arrived in the middle of sacrament meeting yesterday (3rd hour) and went straight to the podium yesterday to bare her testimony. She got up there and congratulated some couple who got engaged, asked if the wedding was going to be at the church and if there is going to be a bolino (little cake.) Everyone laughed. Ahhhh, I hear this was relativly tame to what she normally says...

This week we saw a miracle- I really testify that the Lord´s hand is over this work and he protects us. So we were walking down the street to Capitão´s house (our ward mission leader) and a man stopped us in the street. He told us he wants us to teach him. (good right?!) But he was a little drunk (and maybe a bit more...) and he started trying to convince us to go inside his house to teach him. But we told that we couldn´t because there was no woman in the house. But he kept insisting and getting closer and closer and I was getting more uncomfortable every second. But then just then, the District President´s wife, Marcelene, happened to drive down the street and she saw us. She stopped and spoke very clearly with the man. We all walked down the street to the house of Capitão and the man went home and we went inside Capitão´s house. I have no doubts that Marcelene felt inspired to drive down this particular street, but I am so glad that there are people worthy who listen to the whisperings of the Spirit. I tell this story not to you worry you, but to help you realize how important it is to always live worthy to feel and act upon the holy spirit.

Last week arrived an Elder from the USA, and I totally remember what it´s like not being able to understand or speak portuguese. Hey all you preparing to leave on missions, the GIFT OF TONGUES IS REAL!  Just have patience and pray. (Fun fact: the prophet is blessed with ALL the gifts of the Spirit.)

Ok, about our investigators:
Sueli- she went to church again, is fulfilling all the commitments, and is living the commandments. She says she wants to be 100% certain that this is the correct church and doesn´t want to make a mistake. We talked a little about faith with her. Next time we will break out our secret weapon: Alma 7:15 baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look it up, feel the spirit, weep, and go help someone be baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ademir- that one man whose wife pulled him out of church. Well, he came to church AGAIN!!!!! (In case you´re counting at home folks, that´s 4 weeks in a row that he´s come- WITHOUT anyone reminding him to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) (CAN YOU SAY ELECT!?!!!!!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!/!?!?!/1!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!  I´M FREAKING OUT HE´S SO GREAT!)
Anyways, apparently his wife wasn´t in town and she didn´t know he came again. So what did we do? We pulled him out of priesthood meeting and taught him the Restoration. He told us that since he came the first time, he knows that the church is true. He told us it is so perfectly organized and has a peace here unlike any other church or place in the world. He told us he wants to be baptized because he KNOWS his previous baptism in another church wasn´t valid. But he told us he won´t tell his wife. PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!! We have zone conference this week (which I´m super stoked about) and I plan on talking to President Genaro about this situation.

Hey all you there!!! Go share the gospel with someone! Post of facebook what you know is true! Go serve someone. Also, interesting thing about keeping the Sabbath day holy- it doesn´t jsut mean lounging around doing nothing- it´s about serving others and strengthening your faith as well as others. If  your activities on Sunday aren´t helping your spirit grow, you should probably think twice about if you really are keeping the Sabboth day holy. (remember, this is one of the 10 commandments given to Moses.) Also, God NEVER EVER EVER changes his commandments.

Love you all!
Sister Eliason

Plate of food- very brazilian: little bit of churrasco, farofa, rice and beans, and mandioca (sp???!)

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