It’s transfers already!! We were studying this morning when President Houseman called–I’m going to train someone! I feel pretty nervous about that but I know that with God all things are possible. I have been thinking a lot about 2 Nephi 4:34:
I thought a lot about this scripture last transfer when I had to show Palmares to Sister Arce. I know God is someone we can always trust in.
We had a wonderful experience this Sunday. A young man we didn’t know, call him “David,” showed up to church this Sunday. We found out that he had been going to church for five years but isn’t baptized! He said he just wasn’t sure he wanted to be baptized. Usually we don’t randomly have time to schedule visits with people same-day, but this Sunday we did, so we visited him after church. We found out that his dad has been less-active for 25 years. At the beginning of the lesson he said he was waiting for God to touch him–he wanted some kind of answer from God about when he should go back to church.
We started teaching a lesson about faith, repentance, and baptism. When we got to baptism we invited David to get baptized next Saturday. When we invited him he looked at the ground and mumbled, “Yeah, I think I’ve thought long enough.” We weren’t sure if we heard him right, but he really is ready to get baptized next Saturday! Then I started to invite his Dad to go back to church and I said “We’d like to invite you . . .” and he cut me off and said he would call the Bishop to return to full activity that very evening! We were so happy for them. That was really a miracle.
Next we went to see Tiago, whose baptism had fallen through. We thought he wouldn’t be able to get baptized because of family problems, but when we showed up he said everything had been resolved and he is going to get baptized this Saturday!
We also had a baptism this past Saturday: “Lucas” is a very special young man. On Wednesday he said he hadn’t got an answer to his prayer yet, but we did a fast with him and he said that the next day he felt the spirit strongly all day. He got an answer and got baptized Saturday! I think one day he will be a missionary.
Exploring the foods of Brazil:
Fries (Batata frita) are very popular here. But the ketchup and mustard here taste different — sometimes you can see in the ingredient list that the mustard has corn puree. This is hilarious because the northeast part of Brazil is known for its love of corn. Apparently they even put it in the mustard!
The red fruit, jambo, seriously tastes like roses!
Pipoca, puffed corn, is sold on all of the corners and in all of the busstops and the busses and the metros. There is a large part of Gravatá which has a factory that makes pipoca and there is a super strong smell of margarine in the air for blocks! It reminds me strongly of packing peanuts but it is tasty in a not-popcorn-but-sort-of kind of way. [To read more about pipoca de isopor click here.]
The green fruit is an ubu. Like many fruits in Brazil you don´t eat the pit or the skin, just the inside fruit.
Love you all! Hope you have a great week!