Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Mother's day to everyone!  (a little bit late) :D

This week was pretty great.  Got to talk to the family, eat some good food, and teach a few more people.  
We met this lady who said the is Spirita (some weird, ghost religion or something like that.  hard to explain).  We set up a different day to go there, and later that week she went.  The Church emphasizes hard that you need to get to know your pesquisador really well before trying to teach them, so that you know their needs better.  Well, that time, we decided to put that claim to the test.  We pretty much said whatever the Spirit put in our minds.  Turns out she has had a hard childhood and marriage which left her without a way to believe in God.  As we testified of Him, she began to cry.  The Spirit touched her in a way that she hadn't experienced before to the point where she had us leave because she didn't know why she was crying.  It was kindof a win/loss situation.  

So you know Moroni's promise?  It works.  We went to a house and were teaching a girl about the power of prayer in the Book of Enos.  We decided to end the lesson by kneeling and praying to see if The Book of Mormon is true.  She kneeled and we helped her pray, but she stopped in the middle saying that she couldn't do it.  After the third time trying, she offered one of the most sincere prayers I've heard, and asked God to show her it is true.  When we ended, she told us that she has a feeling she can't explain, but she knows it is her Father in Heaven confirming the veracity of the book.  It still amazes me how quickly and how willing God is to answer our prayers.  

We were also able to help out the members of our ward a bit.  We helped Angela make some pastels while she told us about some problems she was having with a collegue.  She was explaining everything that was happening, and told how this person wasn't treating her like they should.  She finished up saying, "Mas, tudo bem.  Eu vou esquecer that."  I turned my head to her laughing, wondering if that phrase really just came out of her mouth.  Yup, a past elder taught her that one to help her stop a swearing habit.  The things that come out of members' mouths here crack me up.

Well, my time is up, but I hope you all have a great week.  Just figure I'd send a couple of pics.  We found this sweet road sign.  We call it Jesus Street.  The other one is my comp with his fav socer team logo.

Love yall!

Elder Stinnett

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