Monday, February 15, 2016

Week 51 Cidade Verde Natal, Brazil

This week started off perfectly. Remember Eclesiaste and Nilson? Well, on Tuesday, we walked by the little park that we also walk by, and guess who was there? Eclesiaste! We ran over to talk to him, and he explained that they had misunderstood and thought that church started at 8:30 pm. He said he´s been reading the Book of Mormon every day, and we set up an appointment to teach them in the church on Wednesday night. Then on Wednesday night...they didn´t show up. I do not know what is going on with them. I really don´t think they´re lying to us, because the way we met them was way too inspired and they are great guys. So I´m a little discouraged, but who knows? Maybe we´ll find them again. 

Ítalla and Hugo are doing great! They got priesthood blessings this week to help them out as they give up smoking, and they said they felt a huge difference. They didn´t smoke at all this past week, and I´m so proud of their effort. Ítalla also bore her testimony at a small integration activity that we had on Friday, and talked about how she knows that Christ lives, that the church is true, and that the Book of Mormon is true. It was so beautiful <3 They´re getting excited for their wedding, and we´re working hard to get everything put together with the help of the ward members. 

Vitória, the 15 year old recent convert we visit, made huge progress this week. She said she looked in the mirror one day and had the strongest feeling that she really is a daughter of God. She´s working hard to dress more modestly because she told us that she knows the Spirit isn´t with her when she dresses immodestly. It was amazing to see how much she´s grown.

On Thursday night, Isabel hosted a family home evening in her apartment and invited Ítalla and Hugo. We watched several Mormon messages, one of which was about the Book of Mormon, and afterwards, everyone bore their testimony of the book. It was really powerful. Ítalla and Hugo are reading the Book of Mormon together and separately every day, and I know that´s what is making such a huge difference in their conversion. The Book of Mormon truly has power to change our lives and it is the key to a lasting conversion.

Isabel also gave me the greatest compliment ever this week! She said "Sister, have I ever told you that you speak Portuguese perfectly?" She called me this week when she was at work, and apparently her coworkers heard me speaking on the speaker phone and thought I was Brazilian :) I love Isabel, and her family is the cutest thing ever. I´m going to attach a picture of them.

Oh, and we started teaching Demildes and Melo this week. Demildes is the mom of a member who got baptized about a year and a half ago (Aldeneide) and Melo is Demildes´ husband. They don´t live in our area, but President Soares gave us permission to take the bus there and teach them, since they´re going to attend our ward with Aldeneide after they get baptized. Demildes is 74 and Melo is 97, but they´re both super healthy and energetic. They´re extremely rich, and I got totally thrown off when we went to their house to teach them. The people here are generally more poor and humble, so I´ve gotten used to teaching in small, poor houses, and I got freaked out teaching in a huge house with air conditioning :) 

So that was my week. I hope everyone is doing well and had a happy Valentine´s Day! 

Love,
Sister Amy Weatherford

Sister Gusmão, Maxwell (Isabel´s husband), Isadora and Mateus (their kids), Isabel, and me

Me and Ítalla and her adorable baby, Júlia



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