This week was great, had its ups and had its downs. We had a a lot of great experiences that were extremely memorable.
Remember when I was talking about how awesome the rain, wind and clouds were last week. Well unfortunately, a members roof got blown off, and then it started to pour. All 4 missionaries went over to help. The poor sister was crying when we came to the scene. We spent the next 5 hours helping restore the house. I'm just glad that there are missionaries in the area because for just the man in the house to do the work it would have taken days. I'm happy to say there roof has been restored and were going back to move everything back in the house. Its the least we could do for the members for all the help they give us.
So this week I went on a companion trade with Elder Labrada. We were all the bus on our way to the city of Luiziana. Suddenly the bus came to a complete stop. There was a road block of buses. They had parked across the highway on both sides cause miles and miles of traffic. It was a protest because of all the bus robberies. We had an appointment so Elder Labrada and ! had to walk the rest on foot, 9km (6 miles) on foot. At 1 in the afternoon with that blazing sun. Lets just say that was a great experience.
Although that wasn't the best way to start the day, It was probably the best day of my mission. We work like dogs. Didn't pass a single person with out talking to them. I really like this Elder a lot because he knows how to work and he works in a very smart way. He told me "Were trying to find people that are ready to hear our lesson. Its not that we don´t help others but we need to help those that are ready, the elects." So we would teach lesson right there on the street, it acted as a "tryout". If they maintained eye contact, asked good questions and want to hear more we made sure to visit them again. This is brilliant because everyone in Brazil is nice but you can tell who is looking for the true gospel.
Later with that Elder we were walking by the sports courts and we saw a kid who was less active. He was with 10 of his friends playing basketball. I told them "Se eu posso dunk com duas mãos, vocês precisam ouvir a nossa mensagem." (If I can dunk with 2 hands you guys have to listen to our message)They all agreed. I was a little neverous, Im not going to lie because I was in my full out church clothes and I haven't played ball in forever. But God gave me the power to do it and we got to teach them. 2 of them were extremely interested and wanted us to teach there families. The best part of all was the less active kids Dad said he would bring them to church. This was truly a miracle because we found some "elects" and we are receiving the help from less actives to do so.
One of the down sides of the week was the Mom and Daughter who we have been teaching all week and they had a baptismal date didn't show up to church. It hurts when this happen because you work so hard to get them to see the truth. We cant force them to do anything. If they don't go to church next week were going to have to let them go.
I can say I'm able to understand almost everything that has to do with church stuff is Portuguese but other stuff I'm up in the clouds. If someone tries to talk to me about features of a car, I just smile and act like I understand. IT was come eventually. This Sunday was my first fast Sunday in the mission field. I got up and bore my testimony. I was so nervous but so glad I did it. Conquering fears one at a time haha.
Its crazy to think my first transfer ends in a week(Transfer 6 weeks). It flew to say the least. I only have 15 more to go. So crazy to think about.
I'm trying to make every moment count because just like that its gone.
Hope all is well, pray for you guys everyday.
Thank you Dad for the package, the family with the 8 kids loved the coloring books and candy. They were hugging those simple books like it was there first present ever. It brought an smile to my face that I'm able to serve the people of Brazil for the next 2 years.