Dearest Family and Friends,
It´s been an awesome week! I am at São José do Norte again because we decided to go to the beach this time because it is so sunny and nice out (it was weird to hear that there has been some snow already back in the states)
Last thursday I got mail for the first time out in the field (it is all sent to the mission home and we only get it about once a month) Thanks for all your letters! Its bad to brag and I need to stay humble, but I got the most letters of anyone in my zone :). Not a big deal though. Special thanks to the Activity day girls! It was so fun to get those letters.
Yesterday when we got to church, I was asked to give a talk in sacrament meeting. As missionaries, we always are supposed to have a talk prepared and I was kind of expecting it that morning so it wasn´t a huge surprise. It went really well I think. I spoke about the gifts from God that are freely available to us if only we ask and are obedient. He wants to bless us with protection, strength, and love (shown through the atonement see John 3:16-17) and all we have to do is listen, obey, and accept his gifts.
Yesterday in church we had several investigators and a whole lot of less actives! We worked a lot this week with some less active members and had many of them come to church. We visited Ionice and her son Mateus this week and invited them to come back to church, and Ionice was super funny. She said she hadn´t had time that week to dye her hair and her roots were showing but that she would come anyway. And she did!
In portuguese, you can add the ending -ão to some words and it means a bigger version of the thing, like amigo is friend and amigão is a super great friend. I can´t remember the grammatical term for that, but anyway. An orelhão is a little telephone booth thing shaped like a giant ear (orelha is ear). Also, one that I thought was funny was the word for coffin- caixão. It literally means the big box or the ultimate box (caixa).
A cool experience we had this week was teaching Wagner, an investigator we found as a street contact. He is the one I mentioned last week that we taught on the street in the rain. He was smoking when we found him, so we knew that might be an issue. We taught him about the restoration last week, and this week we taught him about the word of wisdom. He is super eager to hear the lessons and is always waiting for us. He said that he knows that God sent us to help guide him. We challenged him to live the word of wisdom and set a goal this week to go from smoking 15 cigarettes a day to 5, and he said that he would rather just stop entirely! He is so willing to make changes and even though it will be hard, I know he will be blessed. Please pray for him this week to have the strength to make those changes.
Erik, Eduardo and Lucas all came to a young men´s activity this week. We had churrasco (super intense barbecue where the meat is on giant spears and stuff) with chicken and they played soccer and it was really fun. The young men are great and helping a lot with helping them feel included.
At the member´s houses, we always share a spiritual thought and this week a couple of times I shared 2 Ne 31:10. I know that if we persevere to the end, we will be happy during the process and ultimately inherit eternal life and happiness. Sometimes it is hard to do all the things we know we should and sometimes it is hard to see how it will all work out, but that is when we have to exercise faith in Jesus Christ by doing the things we need to and repenting daily so that we can have the Holy Ghost to guide us.
I love you all and love hearing from you! Thank you for your love and prayers.