I am serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Brazil, Porto Alegre North Mission. I post on this blog every week, so check it out to hear about my life as a missionary!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 20

Each day feels like an eternity due to all the work we do yet at the end of each week we look back and it feels like it´s only been a few hours! We were quite blessed this week in terms of finding baptismal canidates. Starting on the first day of the week (Monday), we ran into a 50 year old lady named Marli. It was as we were waiting for the bus to another city that we began to talk with her. Turns out she had been taught by other missionaries almost 6 months ago, been to church various times, read a good amount of the Book of Mormon, and even passed an interview to be baptized. But the time hadn´t been right and the missionaries lost contact with her. Then a week ago the Lord blessed us to encounter her on here way to work. She had been through some humbling trials during those months and was now more than ready to accept the gospel. We visited her almost every day following, each time leaving her house stunned at how ready she is. As always the adversary made an appearance and has been trying to halt her progress in the form of her daughter who is a devout (a little too devout) member of the Evangelic church. She tried and succeeded a few times to cart her mother out of the house before our teaching appointments but Marli´s testimony and determination to be baptized has come out on top. If it´s the Lord´s will, she´ll be baptized this coming Saturday.

We also had the opportunity to be interviewed by President Wright this past Saturday during our District meeting. I love him and his wife even more every time I have occasion to speak with them. I´m sad because I will only have 2 more interviews with him before he leaves back home to Draper, Utah this coming July. Our new president will be José V. Campos, from Brazil at that time.

Last week my companion and I also visited the Catholic Cathedral of Santa Cruz, the main city 15 minutes away from our area, Vera Cruz. It´s quite the building, with many statues and ornate decorations. As I exited the building after touring the interior I had the thought, what a blessing it is that we have temples that dot the face of the earth. Like this Cathedral, they are open to all that wish to enter, the only requirement being worthiness and a desire to "be in the world but not of the world."

Have a wonderful week and read the scriptures daily!

Elder Joseph Andrew
Porto Alegre North Mission
Caixa Postal 13008
CEP 91010-971
Porto Alegre-RS

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