As for investigators...Júlio César loves the Book of Mormon. He said he feels a difference in his life when he reads regularly, and that he finds lots of strength in it. But...he doesn´t think he´s ready to get baptized. He´s really hesitant, and unfortunately, I think we´re going to have to back off a little and not visit quite as often. We´re still praying that he changes his mind, but for now, we can´t do much. He´s really funny, though. When we taught the Law of Chastity, he told us that his body was an amusement park (yeah, I know, disturbing) but that now it´s a temple. He said he´s going to turn into a monk.
I don´t remember if I already mentioned William, a 38-year-old man, but he´s an awesome investigator. He´s super nice, super receptive, and we love teaching him. He´s going to go to our ward´s "noite de integração" (integration night...?) this week and is excited. Lauane and Isaque are still progressing, but they couldn´t go to church yesterday because their grandpa had died the day before and they weren´t home. Carina, Arthur´s stepmom, is also doing really well. She went to church yesterday for the first time and loved it. We´re really excited to keep working with her, and Arthur is really happy. His dad has been inactive for a while but still has a really strong testimony, and we´re hoping that he can start getting active and that Carina can get baptized. :)
This week, I got to talk to Sister Thomson on the phone. The funny coincidence is that she´s in Sousa, in my first area! So she´s meeting all of the wonderful people there that I love. And a tender mercy from this week is that the Primary president of the other ward asked me to be their accompanist for the Primary program, so I´m getting to practice the piano a lot and utilize the skill that my beautiful mother taught me. :) It´s also getting really hot here. Never in my life have I been as sweaty as I was. It´s a really uncomfortable feeling.
And on a spiritual note, I just wanted to share a couple of quotes that I love. President Uchtdorf said, "Often, the answer to our prayer does not come while we´re on our knees but while we´re on our feet serving the Lord and those around us...By becoming the answer to someone´s prayer, we often find the answer to our own." And along with that, I heard another quote that says "Pray as if everything depended on the Lord, then work as if everything depended on you." I´m trying to apply that as a missionary by trusting in the Lord and also working with all of my strength so that His will can be manifest and accomplished.
Com muito amor,
Sister Amy Weatherford