Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015- week 26- Been 6 months on the mission in Brazil!


Tudo bem? This week was a little slower than usual, not that it didn't go by fast, because it sure did. Hmm, okay let me rewrite that: We worked more this week than the other week with more success. We taught A LOT of first lessons and invited everyone we could to be baptized. 6 of them accepted!! We'll see how that goes. 

Also!! We taught a lesson in English for the first time!! We met this guy last week and he said he went to Australia for a year and studied English and then married his wife, who is from South Korea!! We went there on Saturday and then taught them about the Restoration, but man it was kind of hard not to speak in Portuguese at some times haha. It was also a completely new experience for us not only because of the language, but also because his wife grew up in a non Christian culture. She didn't know anything about God or Jesus or even baptism. It was really cool; I kind of felt like Ammon or Aaron from the Book of Mormon. Just take out the swords I guess. We invited them to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder and think about it, then to pray. We also invited them to be baptized. They both accepted, but not for a specific date.

So I think for the questions I'll just answer them in this format to make it easier for me.
1. What has been your biggest challenge this week?
The biggest challenge was probably teaching in English haha. There would be times where I would be like "Yes, Jesus is our Salvador...wait, I mean Savior." haha
2. What has been your biggest concern?
Probably having the Spirit in our lessons. Sometimes we don't actively search out and invite the Spirit into our lessons, and so it's not as Spiritual as we'd like the lessons to be.
3. What has been your biggest success?
The baptismal invites along with the number of new investigators.
4. Who has been your favorite person this week? Why?
Oh, most definitely the couple who we taught English to. There were really cool, and wanted us to keep coming. Really receptive, and just a rewarding experience to be able to help someone who has no knowledge of God to learn about Him.
5. What has been your most significant tender mercy?
Probably the people letting them talk to us in their houses. Almost everyone we talked to said we could go to their house and share our message, so that was really nice, especially after teaching almost no one last week.
6. What are you looking forward to this coming week?
We have an investigator that we lost contact with, and we're going to visit him tonight and then mark another day this week. We went to his house once, taught half of the first lesson, and invited him to come to church. The next day, Sunday, he came and loved it! He asked us if he could come every Sunday and also if he could be baptized. The problem was that he had some problems with his wife, and he moved. We lost contact with him for almost 2 months until the other day I saw him walking and literally ran up to him to talk to him. He looked pretty excited to see me, and we marked for today to go to his house. :)
7. Do you have a goal set for this coming week? Tell me about it.
Yes, Elder Maxwell and I are starting something called "Project Purification.'' For 40 days, following our fast yesterday, we are going to ''purify'' ourselves of all the bad habits we have and become 100% obedient. This will increase our spirituality and allow us to truly use the Holy Spirit and our Priesthood powers.
8. Which scripture has had the biggest impact on you this week?
This week was probably 1 John 4:1-3. 

Well, I hope this week goes splendidly for all of you who read this letter. For those who don't...yeah you guys too. Love you all, and until the next week! (Sorry for the lack of photos, you forget about pictures when you work your buns off in the Lord's work)

Elder Collins

PS  Usually I don't have breakfast, but for lunch I love churrascas and for dinner there's this delicious ''lanchenete'' or snack place right next to our house. They sell really good hamburgers.

Elder Maxwell...we can't see u :(

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