I heard about Soren and saw the pictures too! Such a cutie! I also heard the story about Brinton in the airport! Such a blessing that James works pretty close. But I'm glad he's home. He's probably already gone to a concert and climbing rock walls. I wish I could've heard his talk. Often times missionary's only share stories with no doctrine. So, it's good it was a great talk. And hello to Santa! For Christmas I want everyone to realize the importance of the Book of Mormon! Haha And I really wish I could've been there for spudnuts, but I know you guys don't eat nearly as good as I do. I've put on about 10 lbs, but that's normal I think. I didn't eat 3 meals a day everyday at school. So it's normal that I eat more and have less time to workout I put on weight. But the food is oh so good. This week I got pretty sick. We've been told daily to drink water and I've been doing that, pounding the juice and gatorade and everything, but not having enough of that mixed with some bad food I think I ate, I ended up being in lots of pain and discomfort from Wednesday and I'm still pretty sick today but there's work to be done everyday. So I do my best to go out and teach and knock without dying. So, a few weeks ago I talked about Ruth and Eduardo. Ruth is amazing. So amazing. Her testimony impresses me and her faith is pretty close to the brother of Jared haha But Eduardo. Well, craziest story happened. You're gonna freak out. So, he was doing well. Not keeping all his commitments but still slowly progressing. Ruth was reading with him and sharing her testimony everyday. So, we had splits on Tuesday with the ZL's and they don't speak Portuguese so I was on my own. We get to their house to review the baptismal interview questions, talk about the Sabbath day and the 10 commandments. The lesson was AMAZING. Like, the best lesson I've ever given. And the best lesson ever with Ruth and Eduardo. Eduardo had skipped work that day to help his leg heal. Turns out that whole day before we got there that he had been reading the Book of Mormon and Teachings of President Benson! And praying! So we get there, the lesson goes AMAZING. He was so happy, the Spirit was there. So good. We really connected. Like, I can't stress enough how great this lesson was for everyone. He accepted baptism again on the 30th and everything. I leave absolutely amazed. So, I wake up the next morning. I receive a text from Ruth saying, "Eduardo is violent, angry and uncontrollable. He's been watching videos and reading bad things about the church." Turns out, because he had such a great lesson, he actually was interested! So he did research, like anyone would do. But he did it in the wrong places. So, then he goes off on a 3-4 day rampage watching anti-videos, making Ruth watch them too, calling anti-churches in Utah and trying to move out there to join there church because now he hates the church. He told us he's never felt the Spirit, which is a lie. He's been lying to us the whole time. Ruth told us the other night too, that he had a dream where the "Spirit" came down and told him the church was false and to preach against the church and to do everything he can to stop it. It's pretty much your classic Korihor story. So that's where Eduardo is right now. Still living with Ruth, who through all this, still has the most amazing faith and testimony. She was a little shaken, but she's so much better now. And she still wants to get baptized. The only miracle we think we need is for Eduardo to leave the house. But maybe God has other plans for him. That was a real trial this week. The only thing I can say is that there's a reason we are given milk before we are given meat. There is a time and a purpose for everything to be made known to us. It's super sad that this had to happen. Anyways, I love you all, thanks for the support and keep the letters coming! Haha Transfers are next week though so make sure until next time I email that they get sent to the mission office :) Thanks y'all!
Monday, August 17, 2015
You can definitely tell when the Spirit isn't somewhere. As a missionary we have the spirit with us always. So sometimes it's hard to tell when it's here. But you can definitely tell when it isn't. You just feel terrible for being in that place or situation or arguing, or whatever. You feel guilty of wasting that time. Not too much to talk about this week. Ruth is still amazing. Already doing a ton of missionary work. She spent two or three days last week passing out restoration pamphlets. She's pretty boss. Eduardo is doing his best. He struggles. He wants to do his best, but he's stuck on the idea of having bad thoughts. He's also not married and thinks that if he gets baptized he'll never get married. So we are working hard trying to teach to his needs. Stake conference is this week, so I'll let you know how that goes. And sorry no pictures this week :( I'll try my best to do better. But, I love y'all and thank you for everything!
Posted by Tera at 10:25 PM
Monday, August 10, 2015
I'm doing great! Language is here! And sometimes not. I understand a lot and I've been speaking a lot more with members and non members. So that's always great to have. After a few long weeks of no solid investigators we finally have two! It's a weird set of people but they're amazing. We are teaching Ruth and Eduardo. Ruth is about a 60 year old lady and Eduardo is 42. They happened to meet in the street because Eduardo was injured, out of work, and needed a place to sleep. So Ruth, being the Saint that she is, is letting him sleep in her room for a while. So here's where the miracles play in. Ruth, has read the entire Gospel Library. And believes it all. The only reason she isn't baptized is because she's never been able to find the missionaries. Until now. We found her more than a month ago. Tried to teach her, but lost contact. About a week ago she called us and wanted us to come over. We taught her and she wants to be baptized SO bad. Not only that, she's already doing more member work than lot's of American wards do. She's brought at least two friends to every lesson, and one, being Eduardo, has the craziest desire to be baptized as well. He's had really bad experiences with churches but came to church yesterday and he told us the Spirit was talking to him and that he knew he needed to be in this church. So Ruth and Eduardo are our miracles for this month! Not only that, when we taught the Word of Wisdom, I asked if I could take his coffee from him. He gave me two full giant cans of his coffee and then told me how much he liked me and how much we liked to help. Such a good week. A quick one for sure. And you'd never believe it. I have some pictures for y'all. But I'll send them in separate emails. Love you all! Thanks for the prayers!
A few members of the ward had a birthday party on the same day as Elder Naressi's birthday.
Lots of non-members there too.
I found Zion. Mission: Complete. Jokes, it's a Lutheran High School.
Posted by Tera at 9:38 PM
Monday, August 3, 2015
We can't go to the temple here. Only for our recent convert sealings/weddings. The only time we get to do a session either is when our recent converts go through for the first time and the day before we come home. As for this week it was another week of hard work and teaching lessons. Nothing crazy besides the crazies we meet. I really am in love with this branch and these people though. Not only does this branch love each other and the missionaries, they love doing missionary work and understand that there's no way that this work can go on with out them. If every branch/ward were as loving and focused as this branch, I guarantee the work would be hastened. It's amazing. Sorry I don't have much time today or any pictures, but I love you all and I can't wait to here about baby (insert name which I already know here) for Anika! Love you!
Posted by Tera at 8:54 PM