Monday, July 25, 2011

"Yes, I accept"

Well, this week we finally got the hot shower working again. It was cold for about 4 days. It's not that fun when you have to take showers at like 6:30 in the morning and it's in the middle of the winter. But it's all good now haha.

This week was a really tough week. Lots of appointments fell through. On Saturday, we had an appointment marked for every single hour of the day, 10am to 9pm. All but 1 fell through. It was a tough week. But we found some really good people. Last Saturday everything fell through again, so we pulled out our map and prayed to know where to go. We found a woman named Dilsa. We taught her for the first time this week. We gave the BOM to her, she read and absolutely loved it. Loved the visit, she was way good. But unfortunately, it appears that her boyfriend doesn't want her to change religion. But we are going to visit here again on Saturday and see what she can do. She said she cried when her boyfriend said this. She said she prayed and knows that we are really sent from God - tough situation, especially since they have been dating for 6 years.

We had another amazing experience this week. Part of the experience happened 2 weeks ago. Here it is as written by Elder Belnap. I just copy pasted from him cuz I didnt have time to write it. It's a bit weird though, cuz it was originally written in Portugues, then google translatored. well - ----------------------

"We were walking down the street wondering what to do. --- Everything had fallen from "a" through plan "z" --- and not only wanted to slam doors aimlessly. We decided to pray with map in hand to know where we should make contacts.After the prayer, Elder Poulsen felt good about a certain street. I did not feel anything specific, but I agreed that we should follow the impression. At certain street, we were both concentrating on listening to the Spirit to know who to talk to. We went right when I felt it was to hit there. We talked at the gate with Vanya, who has revealed that her mother had died two days before. We offer to teach the plan of salvation and she accepted. The message was brief --- --- ten or fifteen minutes and the Spirit was very strong. Vania said it was very comforted by the message. We were surprised, then, when she said she did not want another visit. She said she had a woman from another church that did Bible study with their children and as she made commitment to this woman, would not be right to schedule with us. We respect her decision and we prepared to leave. Vânia then asked, "How did you know about the death of my mother? Someone told you? "We testified that it was the Spirit of God who had shown us. She was amazed, but did not want another visit.

We left with the certainty that we planted a good seed to be collected in the future. I felt, however, something was missing to do there. I wondered: "But how?! The Spirit was so strong, and was appearing with a history of Ensign! You must have something else to do there. "

Two weeks later, we meet again fallen to all plans. The next plan would take us to a neighborhood accessible by a shortcut in a field close by. When we arrived at camp, we found a gate that normally would be open was now closed.Elder Poulsen said, "Well, there must be someone on the long way that we need to talk to." On the way, we found ourselves in the street Vanya. Again, I felt there was something to do there, so I knocked on the door. Carlos appeared, the husband of Vanya. He said that Vanya was sick. We gotta make a contact with him on The Book of Mormon. In the middle of the contact, he said, "Would you like to come in?" We sat down with him and ended the contact.

"So," asked, "Would you like to know more about these things?" He said yes and then asked, "Can we share with you now?" He accepted and left with him the message of the restoration. He made many intelligent questions and commented that we were the only people who until now had answers that made sense. We asked him what he meant to our message. He said, "Well, that means finally have a true church." He asked us how much cost was The Book of Mormon, because he wanted to buy. One of the children who were listening said, "But we have one of these at home." Carlos quickly turned and said, "Where? Go get it! "He said to us that he usually nor at home. At this point I remembered the words of President Monson, "The Lord puts in our path in a natural way to what he wants in his church." We have all the "coincidences" that took us to his house right now. I told Carlos, "Sir, Heavenly Father has prepared this time for you to hear the truth now. He wants you in his church. We're here to help you prepare for baptism to be part of that church. Do you accept? "Carlos said," Yes, I accept. "

That was our experience yesterday. Two weeks in the making.
Being a missionary is awesome, we are doing the Lords work.

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