So... to be completely honest, this week was super difficult for me... My refiner's fire I guess. I've been feeling pretty discouraged with this area and the lack of success we have been having finding and teaching people, especially people who actually have the desire to progress and follow Jesus Christ. But, I know that I have no reason to complain because if I want to find more success, I need to change a few things that we've been doing wrong. This week I started reading the liahona from the past conference. It is amazing how the words of the prophets are so applicable in our day to day lives. I had been pondering the link between faith and diligence all day, and when I opened the liahona to read, I nearly every talk taught me more about this very subject. Personal revelation is so real!
This week we began teaching a super cute old man, Edmilson, that runs a small shop. He's awesome!! My favorite part about teaching him was at the end of the lesson, when we invited him to pray to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet. He said that he would, "with ALOT OF FAITH!" He threw his hands up in the air when he said the last phrase.
On Wednesday I had to teach a bit in our zone meeting... it was terrifying. But I think it all went well. I spoke about diligence, something that our whole zone is lacking at the moment... "Work, work, work. There is no satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work." (Gordon B. Hinckley). This coming week should be much better. :)
Oh! And I have two crazy stories--on Friday we had lunch super far away (about an hour), in Alter do Chão (a very touristic spot). We were waiting for the bus to go back, when two blonde men came and starting talking to me in English. Turns out they are from Sweden, but they live in Rio. Only one of them spoke Portuguese, so we settled for English. It was the weirdest thing... They were both very nice, but still I felt very grateful that I'm here in South America and not Europe. People here are so much more open to religion...
Oh, and a less active member that we are helping said that he prayed to Joseph Smith this week...that was interesting.... We of course explained that we pray to Heavenly Father ONLY, and that it was God who answered his prayer. Also, we showed a picture of Joseph to an investigator, Maura, during a lesson, and she said that she thinks him very attractive. I laughed so much. The people here are amazing.
Love you all!! Have a fantastic week!!
Here you can see where the Amazon river (the brown one) meets the Tapajós!