February 11, 2014

Week 26 (10 February 2014)

Segunda- We taught an older gentleman today who is very interesting.  He told us a story about how he saw Jesus and yeah, everything he says is very out-of-the-ordinary.  One thing that he said stuck with me though.  He has been baptized in 6 or 7 different churches and as he was explaining this he said, "I got baptized to enter into the church."  It helped me remember or realize that many people think they know what baptism is for, but they truly don't understand.  We are not baptized to enter into a church, but to enter into the kingdom with a knowledge that we are clean and are worthy to enter into the presence of God.

Terca- We had gotten a reference a couple of weeks ago of a man who is from Chile (because my companion is from Chile and she wanted to meet this family.)  We ended up on their street tonight and clapped our hands after saying a quick prayer that we could have a spiritual experience with them and that they would be home.  To our delight the dad (who is Chileano) opened the door and let us in.  C~ is an awesome guy.  He is one of the smartest people that I have every met, but he does not believe in God.  He is the second atheist that I have met in Brasil and it is so interesting to hear perspective on things.  His wife believes in God and so do his kids, but this should be an interesting adventure teaching an atheist.  I don't even know where to begin. haha.

Quarta- We had rain! In the middle of the day that cooled off the air for a few hours.  It was perfect!

Quinta- We stopped at the house of a less active woman, but she wasn't home so we started talking to her daughter.  The daughter didn't seem very interested in our conversation, but out of the corner of my eye I saw a young man (about 18) sitting on the porch listening to what we were saying.  Finally, after 5 minutes he got up and slowly started walking towards us (trying to do it sneakily as to not draw attention to himself).  He finally walked up to the front gate where we had been talking and asked us random, but awesome questions about the church.  He seemed really interested so we taught him a quick lesson and marked a return appointment.  Is it sad that when I am teaching youth I can already picture them with a missionary badge. haha.

Sexta- We had a really great Conferencia da Zona today.  One of the themes of the conference was the importance of challenging/inviting our investigators to keep commitments.   If they are not changing something in their lives then they are not being converted.  We could teach them every lesson perfectly, but if they aren't applying them in their lives them the missionaries and the investigators are wasting their time.

Sabado- This one is the BEST story, but I ran out of time so I will share it next week.  Ta bom?

Love you all!  Te amo!
-Sister Phelps

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