Boa tarde Família!
It´s true! It´s true! I´m staying in Campos Eliseos!!! And...with Sister Hoggan! We are SO excited to be here together for another six weeks! Transfers couldn´t have been more wonderful. The two Elders here in Campos Eliseos (Elder Graf and Elder Kimball) are staying here too which will be super great and helpful. And...we are receiving another dupla in our ward!!! Can you believe it? Three sets of missionaries in Campos Eliseos as well. This area is zooming. We will be receiving a new set of Sisteres. We picked up Sister Rodriguez from the rodoviária this morning and she will be living with us in our wonderful apartment with a newbee! Sister Rodriguez will train her here, the best area to start your mission. Sister Rodriguez is from Porta Alegre and is SUPER nice and a great missionary. I don´t know her super well but I have a good feeling it is going to be great to work together here. I love this area!This week we had lots of miracles and taught lots of lessons. Our area is small so we don´t have to do tons of walking to find people to teach. It is so amazing to be here! This past transfer I have truly gained a love for being a missionary. Every day is wonderful and I can´t wait to go out and teach people. We are teaching two families right now! Marisa and Valter with their three girls: Giovana, Bianca, and Mariana. Then we have Marcos and Vanessa with their daughter. I am so happy to stay here to have the chance to continue teaching them! They truly understand what we teach and now just have to put out a particle of faith to pray to gain their own testimony. These families are very smart and catch on to almost all of the principles that we teach very quickly.
Marisa has a sweet story. Let me tell you: We met her and her husband one night while doing contacts. They were sitting in the street in front of their house. We talked to them for a while that night and they seemed curious about the Church but not very interested in our message. Then come to find out they are the aunt and uncle of our Ward Mission Leader. He called us one day and said that they had called him lots of times to try to meet with us again! Our week was really crazy and they can only meet certain days at night during the week so somehow with lots of committments we could never schedule another time to meet with them. We tried to go back and we talked to the daughter and Dad outside of their gate who seemed a bit lukewarm so we didn´t think it was going to really go anywhere. Then we were just walking down the street one day and ran into Marisa again. She said she had been thinking about us a lot and really want us to come back. We turned around right there and went back to her house to teach her a lesson. She is Espirita and told us a lot about her religion, (which is a super common religion here) and it was very interesting and helpful to learn. Then she told us that that first night we had contacted her, as soon as she went back inside she had a prompting "Go back and talk to them. Try" She said she tried to run after us but we had already sumimos! She had then been trying to get in contact with us the best two weeks but was never able to. Satan has been trying to work against us because he knows this is so right! But we finally did meet with them again and everything turned out great! Marisa told us in the first lesson that she didn´t need to pray to know that the Book of Mormon was true and that she should get baptized because she already did pray and is ready to go! She knews this will bring good values into her family in this crazy world. The rest of her family isn´t quite as gungho as she is but they are willing to learn and are very attentive during lessons. I really hope and pray they keep sticking with them and we can find them em casa mais!
Wow, we have just started teaching them but I really hope they stay firm and continue accepting so well! What a huge blessing. We have been working a lot to try to find those who are elect. There are tons of Brazilians who are willing to let us in and teach a lesson, but its hard to find those who will actually keep committments and progress. This last week was way better and I am SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOO grateful to stay here in this wonderful area.
Deborah came to Church this week! She is progressing great and I am SO exuberantly happy to have the chance to stay here and continue teaching her. I love Debora and her family so much!
Sorry, there is tons more to say but I am all out of time here! It has been a fabulous week. Thanks so much for all of your prayers and words of love. They are working so well and I have been so blessed! I continue to pray for you every day.
LOTS of love,
Eu estou MUITO MUITO animada estar aqui em Campos Eliseos! Eu amo esta área demais e amo Síster Hoggan ainda mais. Quando nós ouvimos as notícias sobre transferências gritamos e abraçamos e choramos. Vai ser uma ótima transferência de novo! É uma bênção muito grande ficar aqui e nós estamos prontas continuar trabalhar muito duro e tentar seguir a vontade do Senhor. Nós também estamos muito animadas ter Sister Rodriguez em nossa casa! Ela é bem simpática e vai ser uma outra bênção em nossas vidas. Nós recebemos muitas, muitas bênçãos esta semana, bênçãos demais contar.
Nós encontramos uma família esta semana! Os pais se chamam Marisa e Valter. Eles têm três filhas e todos eles são muito inteligentes e dispostos aprender. Eles estão atentos durante nossas lições e ter muitas perguntas boas. Nós convidamos eles ser batizados na primeira lição e eles aceitaram! A mãe quer isto muito. As filhas e pai têm menos certeza mais ainda são dispostos continuar aprender e orar em fé. Nós vamos orar muito por uma milagre para toda a família.
Nós também tivemos um pesquisador na igreja! Acho que você conheceu ela: Debora? Ela é MUITO chique e esta progredindo rápido. É muito fácil encontrar ela em casa e nós estamos ensinando ela mais ou menos quatro dias por semana. Eu amo ela muito e estou muito animada e feliz ver ela progredir. Nós já tivemos MUITAS milagres nesta área!
Tudo é maravilhoso. Nós estamos saudáveis e felizes. Muito obrigada por tudo que você sempre está fazendo para nós, especialmente sua visita a nossa ala esta semana. Me faz feliz ver você e Sister Brum de novo. Eu amo a missão!