Monday, May 30, 2016
This week we found a really awesome family. Grasiela is a single mom with two daughters. Sara is 8 and after we taught them about Joseph Smith we gave them a Book of Mormon so they could read it and pray to know it is true. To our surprise, Sara grabbed the book and hugged it tight. Before we left we saw that she'd already begun to read it! When Grasiela told us how she works at a hotel (which means including on Sundays) it broke our hearts.
During the week we visited Suana (recent convert) and she told us how she was called as the Laurels President! She has impressed us with her determination to stay firm in the church despite a family that doesn't encourage her to be active. She went to the annual Chocolate Dance in Gramado on Saturday. I will help her to go to the temple for the first time this coming Saturday with the rest of the branch.
Thursday night was the usual Integration Night:
On Sunday Suele was finally able to come to church after waiting 2 months! We'd found her a while back but we became discouraged when she told us how she'd recently begun working at a pizzaria. As the newest waitress there she had to work every Sunday for 2 months. However, she had previously told us how after our 2nd visit to her house she'd dreamed she was inside the church for 3 nights in a row. So we continued visiting her, teaching her new things. This week when we asked her how she was feeling about her first visit to church she said, "I'm pretty anxious, after 2 months I'll finally be able to see if what I dreamed is real."
We'd previously taken a member that lives nearby to her house and she offered to take Suele to church for the first time. On Saturday we ran into her younger sister and her 5 year old daughter Isabelli. Isabelli promptly came up to us and said, "I'm going to visit your church tomorrow. Does it have Sunday School?" She's the cutest little girl ever.