Monday, November 11, 2013

Um bom fim de minha tempo em Pouso Alegre

Oi família!
Tudo Bem!?

It´s been a great week! Lots of work, lots of fun, and a lot of
knocking doors. So much happens in one week it´s kind of hard to put
it all in the letter. Earlier in the mission I organized some
thoughts before I went to email, but right now I´m having a hard time
remembering exactly what I did. I´ll have to go back to some of my
older habits.

I´ve been loving my life here in Pouso Alegre. In five short weeks
I´ve made some really good friends. Elder González, Elder Silva, e
Elder César. Definitely the best house I´ve passed through. We had a
blast together, studying, laughing, sharing stories, eating. So fun.
And I can hardly forget Tchelo, my best friend of the mission so far.
His testimony is so Strong and we´ve grown and learned so much from
each other. As it says in D&C 50:22:

Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one
another, and both are edified and rejoice together.

This truly happened with the two of us. The spirit truly connected us
and I made an eternal friend.

I´ve also been loving everyone else here. We spent a lot of time with
Carol (recente convert) and her friend Renata, who has been taking the
lessons and going to church. They are both studying medicine here,
but managed to find some time in their busy schedule to pass with us.

We also found a great young family, Danniel, Denise, and their
daughter Faviana. They all went to church yesterday, and really
enjoyed it. I remember the day we found them was really hard. It
rained all day and we were absolutely soaked to the bone, and
literally nothing was going right. All out appointments fell through
and no one wanted to talk in the streets. We had a list of menos
ativos (less actives) we started stopping by, but literally all of them had moved,
and the people that were living there didn´t want to listen to us
either. We walked from one end of the city to the other, and nothing
was happening. Finally after a long day, we passed by the last menos
ativo on the list, and guess what, he had moved out as well, but who
had moved in? Daniel and Denise. We taught them the Restoration, and
they really enjoyed it and accepted baptism and everything. Daniel
told us he was abandoned as a child, and grew up on the streets. But
he never got angry, never joined the gangs of the streets, and has
been looking for the right path in life. He told us he accepts anyone
who talks about God, but really felt something diferente about our
message, and brought his whole family to church, a 30 minute walk.

However, I won´t get the opportunity to see how it all turns out. My
life in the mission will take another path to who knows where. I´ll
let you all know next week. The transfer was one week shorter then
normal this time around, but I have to say, it was truly the best 5
weeks of my life. I absolutely loved it. But life goes on and I´m
moving on to my next área. I´ll let you all know where I end up!

Love you all, e espero que todos vocês tenham uma boa semana.
                     (and I hope you all have a good week.)

Tchelo (center) and Elder Gonzalez

Tchelo (right) and Elder Gonzalez
Tchelo (left) and the apartment

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