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Monday, April 6, 2015
Another week in the field! Work was a little difficult this week due to the Easter Festivities. Because many people traveled and closed up shop for the week, we were hard pressed to find many people in the streets and in their houses to teach them. Despite the difficulties, we were able to get the word out about the Church´s initiative to almost the entire town.
On Thursday we taught a really cool family. They had been brought to church by some members, they enjoyed it, and we had begun to teach them afterwards. The mother had a lot of questions about the church which was refreshing after a long period of investigators who didn´t even pay attention and who simply wanted us to leave so they could get back to watching TV. Her daughters Souellen and Evelyn also listened attentively to our message. We spent some good time explaining in detail how the Church works, about the Book of Mormon, and how she could come to know of its truthfulness. On Saturday we showed up again at their house at a pre-determined time to interview them for baptism but no one was at home. Unfortunately the father is quite a bit of opposition and so it might take longer.
We enjoyed watching General Conference live at the chapel in Santa Cruz with the other members of the district. It was my first one completely in Portuguese (the last had been in English at the MTC) and I was pleased to find that I understood most of what was said. One of my favorite talks was given by Elder Nelson in the concluding session. He spoke of the importance of the Sabbath day. He gave personal experiences of his youth and used the scriptures to teach us how we can make our day of worship "delightful". It truly is a day to focus on strengthening our testimonies, set aside a portion of our time to the Lord as we do with our income, and spend time with our families.