So obviously this week was transfers and I got a new companion! 6 companions. 6 transfers.
Anyway, his name is E. Martins. He is brazillian and he has 1.5 years in the mission. super cool, super easy going.
Here in Currais Novos, there is a lot of work to be done. 600 people baptized, frequency of 60. 90% are not recieving the blessings of the sacrament, the gospel teachings, and consiquently impacting the lives of their future generations. What needs to change?
So we are working a lot with less actives, and recent converts. That´s how we will find baptisms, strengthen the ward and help ALL to come unto Christ.
Here in Brazil, Coke is practically worshiped (not really but yes really). So to fit in with the culture, I have to drink Coke. I know it's a shame, but I think I can deal with it. When I was visiting some less actives, I decided a Coke break was a good idea (because usually we don´t eat dinner, it's just how things work here). Bought a Coke, sat down on the sidewalk and enjoyed life. A little before, the sisters called and gave us uma referência (forgot the word in English, reference? it sounds weird) of a less active that they met earlier that day. She wanted to come back to church and didn't know how. She lived in our area so we thought if we have time we will visit her that day.
While we were sitting drinking our Coke, a women stopped and started to talk with us. We quickly realized it was the referêcia that the sisters gave us! We finished our Coke, walked to her house and taught a lesson with her whole family and neighbors. We gave our testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon, the importance of daily scripture study, prayer and weekly attendence. She promised she would go the church the following week with her family and friends, many who are not baptized.
Contrary to popular belief, Coke does in fact save lives. If we hadn´t bought that Coke, sat down and waited, we wouldn´t have taught them. Cool stuff!
Anyway, love you all so much! I know it's getting cold there. Please enjoy it for me. Please.
Scripture of the Week: Mosiah 2:9 King Benjamin is giving a general conference talk. He gathered his people, stood on top of a tower and taught. But notice what the people did. They prepared and were able to recieve personal revelation because they opened their ears, minds and hearts. I challenge you to prepare yourselves for this worldwide General Conference. From the words of the prophets and church leaders because I KNOW there are questions that will be answered. Love conference and I am so excited!