Bom Dia Alegria!
Well its official. My 6th transfer is over, and I am now in my 7th transfer. This has literally been the fastest transfer ever, and I'm still in denial that its past already! Time is whipping by for real kine haha.
We had a rough start this week, but it got better as the week went on. These are some of the highlights:
We were able to meet with João Barros this guy who just showed up to church (last week) on his own basically last week. It was super cool to see him, cuz the last time we taught him, it was me and Elder Nunes like 2 or 3 months ago. We had a really good lesson, and Elder Dias bore a really great testimony, and we were able to help him understand that God wants to help him and bless him. He just has to let God into his life, and one of those ways is through baptism! He accepted the 5th of November as his baptismal date, so we're gonna be helping him meet that goal! Sadly, we don't know why he wasn't able to make it to church but we're working on it.
We found a lady a few days ago that told us that she had talked to the elders in the past, and had actually been the one to cut their hair when they needed hair cuts......32 years ago!!! I was like wow, that's soo cool! I don't know why, but right before I told her that even though she had never cut our hair, that I was grateful for her service and all she had done for the elders. I don't know why, but I just felt so grateful for her, and for all the people who help out the elders, for those people who feed us and stuff. THANK YOU!!!
We had a great family home evening with Carolina and Bruno, parents of a young family. We took Ricardo and Debora with us (we just helped them move), and we had a great lesson about the importance of the family and talked about the proclamation to the world. They said they'd like to see how it was at church, but some family stuff came up and they weren't able to make it. We are gonna keep working with them so their family can be ETERNAL!!!
We were playing with some kids in the park, when an inactive member contacted us. We were like HEY!! So we asked her if we could share a thought with her and she said yes; so we sat ourselves down on a bench, and started to talk to her. Then I invited the kids to hear, and we all sat ourselves around the inactive member, and we talked about faith with the inactive member and then the inactive member started to bear her testimony to us but especially to the kids. It was great! Sadly, without the permission of the parents we can't teach the kids anything, but maybe in the future we can teach them AND their families!
We've been working with Bishop this week and we were able to get 12 references from him!!! I'm super excited to be working better with our ward, and hope that this can be the start of a better relationship with Bishop. He gave us a few families to pass by and we're super excited to see how this goes.
At the end of the night we were just talking to everyone, like normal, and I ended up contacting this guy named Dunato. He's 35 years old, speaks English, is from Povoa, works in England as a car designer for Jaguar, and has TONS of questions. We started talking to him and it was great!!! During the conversation he told us that he had just come from doing something bad; idk what it was thank goodness; and that by "chance" two guys from God (missionaries), us, end up talking to him, and that was the only reason he kept talking to us. I was like wow!!! I thought it was sooo cool that we could be instruments in His hands and talk to this guy. We set up an appointment, and we'll be meeting with him later in the week. I was blown away when he said in essence "I would love to believe like you guys but I can't, cuz I need proof. But if you guys can show me how your way is better than my way, and can answer my questions, I will change my life." I was like "WOW, right on bu, lets do this, hit me with your best shot" haha. Joking but I'm super excited to talk to this guy cuz it seems like he has a lot of real intent and curiosity. I know that if he'll follow our invitation, and ask God, that God WILL show him this is the right way.
Anyway, that's it for me family. Looks like you guys are all doing well! Dad, loving the beard haha. Mom, safe travels!!! Bros and sis, keep up the good work!!! I love you guys!!! Fiquem fixe!
*Sorry, no pictures this week*