ola minha familia! so as of this week my district is the oldest in the ctm. since a couple districts left this morning. it was the district who has a friend of mine. its the guy that his girlfriend is now best friends with karlie and so we became friends through them. kinda weird haha. and karlies friend is serving in their stake and she got a pic with him. small world just got smaller.
so i have to type fast because i dont have much time.soooo last tuesday we had our devotional and it was one of the counselors of the ctm. and he was talking about heros. and he was talking about butch o hare the amazing fighter pilot back in i think ww2. and then he was talking about easy eddy the lawyer guy for al capone. and how easy eddy sold out al capone because he wanted to give his son a better name for the family. well i know who both of these guys are. what i didnt know is that butch o hare is easy eddys son.... umm so how many years did i spend in school and i didnt learn this? and im learning american historia in brasil. nice haha. but ya that was cool to find out.
um i dry cleaned one of my suits this week it was only R$21,00. it needed dry cleaned bad and i wanted it nice for when i went into the field next week.
it was cool on sunday nights devotional when president degn was talking at the end of the devotional and gave all the missionaries a priesthood blessing over the pulpit. it wasnt a long huge one but the spirit was definitely there. he blessed us that all our righteous desires will be granted by the lord while we are on this mission. so that was awesome. also the special number at the end he had the group sing it again right after because it was an amazing version of i need thee every hour!!!! super strong spirit sunday night.
alright onto the really cool thing about this week. yesterday we had proselitismo!!! proselyting. i dont even know how to spell that in english. wow im bad haha. but it was so amazing yesterday. each companionship had 5 copies of the book of mormon and we had 3 hours in the ctm boundries. so me and elder miller went out. the first our and a half was bad. we were talking to a drunk guy with no teeth. i barely can understand portuguese right now but when they have no teeth it is impossible haha. but we tried and in the end he started yelling at us because he didnt like what we said about jesus teaching the ancient americans. after that we talked to 2 guys for a while one guy already had a BoM and they other guy was rude jokingly calling us bad names and his buddy. but we tried to get the other guy to read and i tried sharing my spirit with him to get him to read and he said he will try. then after that nothing. so me and elder miller prayed and right after there was a guy walking on the other side of the street and he was looking at us and we looked at him and we looked away and both did a double take. then we were look whatever lets do it. so this guy already had a copy of the book of mormon and he said he likes reading it and so we asked him if he would like to go to church and we gave him the address of the chapel around here in Casa Verde. one thing about proselitismo around the ctm. people already have like 3 copies of the BoM so we did a lot of you should read this and we felt this and we promise you you can feel this as well. i felt the spirit every time i talked to someone with elder miller. alright so then we went to a different side of the area and we saw an election parade since Sao Paolo is electing a new mayor soon. and so we stopped and talked to one guy and in the end handed out our first copy. soon after that we prayed thanking heavenly father and then like 2 minutes after that talked to another guy and gave him one and he seemed excited to read. and then we prayed again thanking the lord and asking him to help us more. soon after elder miller was like lets go up this hill and i was like ya i was thinking the same thing. first lady we saw we talked to and she never heard about the church or the BoM but she seemed very into it and we joked around because we were slipping up a bit in the portuguese section but the lord was really helping us yesterday. so we gave here a copy at the end and asked her to read the introduction and moroni 10:3-5 and to start reading from the beginning. so that was 3 copies in about 3 minutes and we feel like they were given to the right people. so fast forward about 30 mintues we have 10 minutes left and 2 more copies. so we felt like we were too tired and super thirsty and so we headed back to the ctm and our teacher was like how many. 3. how many do you have left. 2 and he was like you have 10 more minutes you can do it. and we doubted but we walked back up a hill and we saw a man and talked to him and he enjoyed our message and we ended up giving him one. then we saw other missionaries from our district and they were heading back and i was like elder miller lets go we have like 2 minutes and he was like no lets walk up this hill a little more. so we talked to some other people but some already had a copy or 2 or 3 haha and some didnt want to talk at all. so then i was like elder lets head down to the ctm. and he was like your just saying that because you are tired. no i think there is someone who we will give this last one to. well there was. there were a couple women with their kids and we talked to them about the plan of happiness and families and tied the book of mormon in with it and gave our last one out. yippee i actually felt like a missionary yesterday =). felt so good to feel the spirit while doing that. im so stoked for the field. and what was cool is last night elder miller was saying something then immediately stopped and was like. i have a feeling that a person we gave a copy to is reading it right now. if thats real that is so cool and i think it was since elder miller is one spiritual guy.
anyways thats my week. love you all and i wont be able to email next week since i am heading out to the field. i dont know when my next pday is but i will shoot an email off then. love you all and dont send mission ties till i can give you the address of my apartment!! thats the beauty of mission ties is they can know my address and send letters their but my family cant. so hold off on those till next weekish. love you all. até mais!!
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