FAMÍLIA!!!!! TUDO BEM?
Sister Oliveira and I are doing just splendidly fantastic! We were able to find new investigators this week, and our progressing investigators couldn´t be any better! This week we had two activities at the church which brought in a lot of our investigators. We have a hard time getting them to church but through these activities, we were able to get 8 of our investigators to come, take a tour of the church building, and talk with the members and meet the bishop. For the first activity, we watched ``Meet the Mormons´´ (which I found out was only shown in the U.S.) and had all the movie theatre treats to along with it! Then on Saturday we had pizza night! side note--the pizza here (in my opinion) is not as good as the pizza in the U.S. Pizza here doesn´t have any sign of tomato sauce and if you order a pizza with meat, all you get is the dough and meat. No pizza sauce. No cheese. Nada. Só carne which is a bummer because what is a pizza without cheese and tomato sauce? But oh well it´s still good but just not as good. Anyways.....through this experience, I learned that activities are a fantastic way to get investigators to come to church in a more relaxed, non-intimidating way. Então at the next church activity, I encourage you all to invite a friend. Introduce them to the missionaries, other members, give them a quick church tour and who knows what could happen from there?!
OH MY......it rained so much this week--which is good because we need it--but that means that there aren´t as many people in the street to talk to but one afternoon it got really bad. It was thundering and lightening and just pouring cats and dogs and guess who forgot her rain jacket? Me. Luckily when it started we were almost at the member´s home so I didn´t get too drenched! But it got so bad that our district leader called and told us to stay inside the member´s home until the rain let up a little. As a result, we were able to get to know the member really well!
I would also like to share a scripture with you guys that I have been pondering this week in 1 Néfi 15:11 which reads: ``Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?--If ye will not harder your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.´´ When studying the Book of Mormon em seminary my senior year, my seminary teacher called this verse ``the formula for life´´ and as I pondered on it this week, I truly came to realize that it is. If we truly want help with our dificuldades or problemas and answers to our questions and prayers, we need to ask with fé. We need to have complete confidence that He will answer. But not only do we need to have fé, confiança, e trust but we also need to do the things that our loving Heavenly Father has asked us to do or in other words, keep the commandments. As we do this, we are exercising our faith in the Lord and as we show that we are willing to do and obey what He quer nos fazemos, we are blessed and receive help with our problems and answers to our prayers por que nosso Pai Celesital é fantástico. Ele é maravilhoso. He wants to help us but first we need to ask Him, believe, and do our part.
AH! I just realized that this Saturday is HALLOWEEN!!! Here in Brasil, they don´t celebrate Halloween, which is kind of really sad, but that won´t stop me from celebrating with Sister Oliveira. soooooo HAPPY (early) HALLOWEEN!!!! May your day be full of spooks, pranks, and all the other wonderful Halloween stuff! Until this glorious day, have a spooktacluar week!! Love you all!!
Sister Hilchie :)
p.s. I would love to receive Halloween pics from you all!