December 17, 2014

Week 69 (8 December 2014)

Uruguay is super cool!  The first time we went we ran into Elders and they got weirded out because we are "sisters" and not hermanas.  Haha.  They were both Americans and don't speak Portuguese so I tried speaking Spanish with them, but in the end we spoke English.  It was cool.  They also gave me El Libro de Mormon.  I've been studying it already.  :)  It is a free border so I don't need my passport to enter.  It is cool because they have American stuff (like Nerds and Pringles, etc.)

This week we had lots of ups and downs . . . here we go.

On Quarta-feira (Wednesday) Sister A~ and I decided to fast because we have to find two people to baptize before Christmas.  Until that day we only had P~ (I will get to him in a minute.)  So I made Thanksgiving dinner for lunch (because a member gave us money because they went out of town) and then we started our fast.  The first plans that we had fell trough and so we just kept walking, contacting people in the street, knocking doors, etc.  We got to the end of the street and almost turned back when we decided to clap (because here you don't knock) at one of the last houses.  We asked if we could leave a quick message about Christ and T~ let us in.  We started getting to know her and found out that she got married in the Mormon church [building] about a year ago to be baptized, but got into a disagreement with a member and decided not to be baptized.  We asked her if she still wanted to be baptized and she said yes!!!!  It was a MIRACLE!  We marked her baptism for December 20th.  She seemed super excited and everything!  When we left her house we were in shock.  Seriously, we looked like zombies probably.  The Lord had answered our fast So QUICKLY!  About an hour after we left our house we realized that we hadn't recognized the streets as we left her house a different way than we had arrived and figured out that she doesn't live in our area.  HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN!?  It was super disappointing, but the Lord used two lost sisters to help one of His children be baptized.  The Elders are working with her and I hope it all goes smoothly.

So, about P~.  It has been a few weeks already that we marked his baptism for the 13th and he was super excited!  We went there on Sexta (Friday) and talked to him a lot.  He even said the closing prayer and thanked Heavenly Father for the church, the opportunity that he would have to be baptized and that one day he could have the Priesthood and help prepare, pass, and bless the Sacrament.  It was super cute.  When we got there on Saturday to finalize everything with his mom, he told us that she didn't want him to be baptized anymore.  He was super sad that he wouldn't be able to go to church with us anymore, but he has to obey his mom.  It was super hard for us.  We both were trying to hold back tears as we said goodbye and walked away.  We love him so much and hope that one day he will be ready to be baptized in Christ's church.

Well, that's about it.  We are still waiting for a miracle as we put our faith in action.  Please pray that God will put two people in our path for us to baptize before Christmas.  :)

Thanks!  I love you guys and hope that you are focused on finding your own "golden investigators."  It could be a friend at work, school, a person that you have seen a few times and they seemed a little interested in the church, a neighbor, etc.  Pray that you can find the people who God has prepared for you and then introduce them to the missionaries!  It is the best Christmas gift that you could give them, the missionaries, yourself, and Heavenly Father.

Sei que a igreja e verdadeira.  Sei que Cristo vive e que Ele nos ama.  Amo ser missionario.  Em nome de Jesus Cristo, Amem.

Sister Phelps

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