Thursday, June 23, 2016

11 Months and Fasting Miracles!

Well is anyone else surprised that 11 months has already made its way into my life as a missionary? I sure can’t. Well you all probably knew that to celebrate my 11 month mark, I bought a decked out hot dog :) It was delicious and went great with some onion rings and mango juice. The other tender mercy on that day was a member came up behind us and paid for our lunch, saying "I have a son out on the mission as well." We sat with him and talked to him about his life. Really fun way to celebrate right? Also, got a sundae at Burger King.

As a zone we decided to do a fast after that lunch so I began my fast as I was on a division with Sister C. Silva. We set off and had some ups and downs. Trying to do some contacts and enter some buildings when we got to the house part of my area. We went to a marked lesson with S. and she was there! Let us in and we were able to teach the first lesson! She also said, sure, when I asked her if we could stop by Sunday morning to go to church together! Yes! Score for fasting! We also were able to teach P. again in the church and it has been so wonderful to see her progression. She’s said that the transition has been hard and she realizes that after a really right choice is made, usually Satan tries his hardest to sway you from your confidence. He tries you and she knows that! But she’s not letting go! Which I’m so proud of her for realizing :)

Our English class this week was small but very uplifting because I got to explain the Book of Mormon to M. a little bit more. He was asking a couple questions and trying to understand the situation better. We are going to teach him and his wife A. tonight :) I’m excited!

This fast also brought 2 more new investigators! K. and M. K also lives close to the church and let us in. I found her name in the area book and saw that she had been taught a while back. Later to find out she had passed through a very hard experience of losing her son so she didn’t want to know anything about the church until now. She’s very sweet and has some back problems but wants to learn more and we are going to see her tonight :) M. was another miracle. We were walking to pick up our lunch money when we stopped to do a contact with a lady and her son. She goes "What do you want?" We explained a bit more and she said "Wanna come up to my apartment?" We were shocked. Still hadn’t eaten lunch yet so said we would be back in about an hour.  After lunch we rushed back and were able to teach her the first lesson and give her a Book of Mormon! She’s hilarious, basically gave me all this advice about marriage etc. cause she saw we were only 20. But it was interesting because around the end of the lesson when we introduced the BoM, she goes..."You’re Mormons?" We say, yes but that the name of the church is....The Church of Jesus etc..." and she said we were nothing what she had imagined as a Mormon. So many people make up things about us and she was happy to see that we were normal people haha. Anyway, it was a great week with miracles and I can truly testify of the power fasting has. I don’t know what our week would have been like without it. This area is led by the Lord and He helps us know who is prepared in this area to be taught. I’m so grateful for the basic principles that are finally clearing up to me.

A little adventure that me and my comp did (as two Americans it was very daring :) We went to 25 de Março! It’s a street here that is just lined with stores and stores and places to buy random things :) We got permission, only took a bit of money, our bus passes and our phone. First got on a bus, then got on the Metro and walked our way there. I found a few fun items. I didn’t really know what I wanted but got a cool Rio 2016 Olympics shirt :) sweats and a soccer hat haha you know me. I gotta be comfy and Brasilian at the same time. We eventually made it back safely as well! So glad I was able to go! I’m not sure if the new president will let us go so I had to while I still had the chance :)

Know that I’m doing fabulous. I’ll put a few phrases I’ve written in my study journal for you to soak in (only if you want).

1. "All revelations and responses from God should be written down like Holy Scripture. It strengthens your testimony, preserves who you are and shows God your humility to listen and learn"
2. Apply His healing power!
3. Perfection doesn’t necessarily mean "without scar", for Christ’s perfect resurrected body remained marked as a sign of His special sacrifice.
4. The prophet models Gods Fatherly Figure and Role.

Something else new in my studies is picking a hymn to study and read :) Did you know each hymn usually has a few scriptures? I’m lovin it as a part of my study. Hope you have a great week just like it will be for me! This last week was! and the next one will be even better, it just depends on our perspective and if we are willing to laugh off the hard stuff and take on the blessings. Lovin it!


Sister O- the Sister missionary who still hasn’t used pants on the mission...I’m afraid....not really but it’s so different.

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