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 25, 2016

Week 73

This week we had the opportunity to be interviewed by the mission president, and the next day there was a missionary training that was broadcast worldwide. We learned a lot and were able to improve our teaching techniques throughout the week. On our P-day we accomplished a few more things we´d been wanting to do for a while. First we hit up the wax museum:

Our next stop was the super cars. We were able to take pictures in some of the cars that were displayed:

Nearby there is a chocolate factory and museum. In the Museum there are many things that some dude made entirely out of chocolate. The best was the Eiffel Tower that touches the ceiling.

Yeah this tire by the bench is also made of chocolate

During the week we followed up on the progress of Lucas, Luan, and Rafael that were baptized last week. They are reading the Book of Mormon very fast, and after we showed Lucas the Gospel Library app he didn´t put his tablet down. He loved all the manuals, scriptures, videos, and hymns that he could access.

We also found many new people to teach. One experience was particularly interesting that happened on Saturday. We were leaving Lucas' house and we had a bit more time to knock on some doors before heading home. We felt that we should knock on the door across the street and when we did so, 2 women answered, a little hesitantly. It seemed like they didn´t want to listen to us but finally they let us in. We taught them the Restoration and they told us how they'd already received the missionaries in the past. They'd liked the feelings they felt with the other missionaries and they said that they felt the same way with us. We invited one of them, Cinara, to be baptized next Sunday and she accepted. However, when we invited her to go to church the following day (yesterday) she began to be a little more hesitant. Then out of the blue her friend (who happens to almost be a pastor in her church) began motivating her for almost ten minutes saying things like, "Don't put this off, you can be blessing for going to church tomorrow or here in a week, do you want to put off receiving blessings that you're in need of? There's nothing more important that you can do tomorrow morning than go to church, so go tomorrow and don't let Satan tell you that you should go next week because next week he'll say the same thing to you. Go to church tomorrow." I was shocked and when I looked at Cinara she was crying. Cinara agreed and decided that she would go. We were so happy and I felt the Spirit. Afterward I realized that the Lord can use others for His purposes too.

Needless to say Cinara went to church the next day, made lots of friends, felt the Spirit, enjoyed the classes, and didn't regret her decision. We were happy because Lucas and Luan's dad also came to watch their confirmations.

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