Monday, October 14, 2013

October 14, 2013

Hello family!


This week we actually got to work. And it was hoooooot. But we're working, so that doesn't matter!

We knocked on a door this week and the guy opened the door, walked to the gate, and said, "are you guys Americans?" Which we responded in the affirmative, and he said that he lives in Texas. He came here to visit his family for a bit, but he's going right back to Texas to his family. It was a pretty cool conversation, and interesting how it all worked out. But he didn't want to let us into his house. So that was a bummer.


The major happenings for this week were that we worked quite a bit with a lady named Maria. Her son, Janio, is a member of the church since about three years ago, and Maria was never able to be baptized because she smokes. But she wants to be baptized and knows that the church is true. So we went to her house on Tuesday, talked a bit about baptism and the church and all, and marked to return on Thursday. We went there, and the spirit was SUPER strong in the lesson. We made promises to her, gave her a blessing, and invited her to be baptized on Saturday. We returned on Friday to do the baptismal interview, and she had decided that she wasn't going to be baptized again. We asked if she had been praying and reading the scriptures, but she said no. There's the problem. So we talk to her a bit, share experiences, and she decides that she wants to be baptized again. The interview goes well and she passes. We then get a call from her Saturday morning saying that she doesn't want to be baptized, and that she doesn't even want us to go to her house anymore. She, once again, hadn't read the scriptures nor prayed. So we went to her house. We talked to her again, told her about the consequences of her decisions, read Alma 40 with her, talked about the blessings she could have, and the spirit was even stronger than the day we invited her to be baptized the first time. But she denied it. She simply said she did not want to be baptized. So we left her house very sad and pretty down. But then we went to someone else's house, talked to them for a bit, and everything was better. The mission is a huge roller coaster of emotions. But Maria wasn't baptized this week. 


That's about all that happened this week. Next week we'll have the Multi-zone conference with President Canuto. It'll be the one that I give my last testimony...... 7 weeks left... Wow. That went by fast.


I hope you all have a good week! I love you all!


-Elder Hopper #1

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