I hope you are both having a great week. All is well here in Brasil!
Well, when I say all is well, I mean with me and my companion, but we
had some interesting experiences this week. We didn't have district
meeting because of transfers, which means we didn't receive new planners.
Anybody who has served a mission...please imagine missionary work
without a planner. It is a nightmare. We were writing everything on a
piece of paper, but then you need another sheet for references,
goals,....it was crazy, especially when we counted our numbers at the
end of the week. But, the week was an AMAZING week of work.
We also weren't able to get more copies of the Book of Mormon
because we didn't have our meeting. We started the week with, I think 3,
and have been trying to use them oh so wisely. We always do, but you
are especially careful when you don't have a way to get more. Luckily
Heavenly Father knew this was going to happen. Normally we teach about
the Restoration and share the Book of Mormon at the end, but because
Heavenly Father knew this was going to happen, he had us share the Book
of Mormon with lots of people, teach about it, but not teach the
Restoration. And then, when it happened that we didn't have more copies
of the book, we went around teaching all the people who had one about
the Restoration. We were able to teach lots of lessons, and people already
had copies of the Book of Mormon.
Congratulations to my home stake on setting incredible goals
to share the gospel. I am really proud of you. The missionaries that
are serving in your area will honestly remember this experience for
ever. They will write about it in their journals and share it with
their children. I'm not joking in the slightest. Ill be praying for you
Our branch had a missionary work activity on Saturday. We met
up at the church, had a quick training...(we opened with a song and
prayer, the ward missionary asked if everybody remembered how we had done the activity last time...tudo bem.) We made a quick poster and off we
went. We put pictures on the poster of precious parts of the gospel--the
priesthood, temple marriage, temples baptism, families, etc. We then
went to the center of town, set up a table with Sunday school manuals
(teachings of various prophets), copies of "The Living Christ", and "The
Family Proclamation to the World." We talked to everyone who walked past;
handing out the book as gifts, and sharing our testimonies of those
things that are important to us. We talked to about 200 people. It was
great. I love our little branch.
As a random side note...in English class this week I taught
the names of different fruit, and colors. When we got the fruits: lemon
and lime, we had a bit of a confusion. We figured it out more or less,
and I laughed about it later at the grocery store with my companion. In
Brasil, the small green fruit that we call limes in the US are called
limao, and the large yellow fruit we call lemon are called lima.
Basically, lemons are limes and limes are lemons. When you make a cup of
herbal tea, in the states we use lemons, here, they use limes, because
limes are lemons. Ummmm hmmm, think about that one long and hard.
Mom, I loved what you said about the conference talk ´When
You Save a Girl, you Save Generations´. I loved your thoughts about how
that talk applies to you. Its funny that you would mention to me to
think about this because I have known this for awhile and actually used
your experience in explaining to one of my investigators the impact his
decisions will have on his posterity. I explained to him that my service
is a result, in part, of my mother's conversion. Its true though, there
really is power in saving the soul of a girl.
I love you all and hope you have a great week. Keep me
updated on the status of the stake progress. To my friends who may be
reading this...to anybody getting married or receiving a mission call lately: you've got to remember to tell me these things!
Sister Hoggan mentioned 2 documents and a talk in her letter that you may find of interest. You can read them at these links: