Hello all you people on the other side of the world! This week was amazing! (No we did not have a baptism but we had so many great experiences 🙂
On Wednesday the Sister Training Leaders visited. Guess who one of them was? SISTER LEWIS!
It was so great to see her again. Check Alma 17:2. We had a great time. We taught some people, ate some really good ice cream and dinked around the downtown area. If you think America is bad about starting Christmas early, the stores here already have their Christmas Lights up. It was a lot of fun. We are getting in the spirit. 🙂 Thursday was Zone Conference! with Presidente and Sister Tavares, Os Assistentes and all of the missionaries on the Açores! It was really cool and we had some awesome training.
Saturday was the most amazing day of the week. We had been talking to a young woman named Nicole here on the island for about two weeks. She shared her testimony of the things we taught her. But out of nowhere, she stopped talking to us. She sent us a message saying that her mother wasn’t letting her talk to us anymore.
We talked with Sister Tavares about her. Sister Tavares suggested that we talk to the mother about all of the wonderful things that the church offers for young women. Sister Tavares said we should teach the mom about Personal Progress and the Strength of Youth. Sister Tavares said we should show the mom that the church can offer her daughter so many things. So we went in fast and asked the assistants to send out an SOS to the whole mission to pray for us and for her mother that we could have the spirit and that her mom’s heart would be softened. We prayed so many times. As we were walking to her house I just wanted to sing every hymn from the rooftops. My heart felt like it was going to beat out of my chest with the amount of spirit that began to flow through me.
When we got there her mother was really nice. She let us in and we began to talk. She even joked with us. It was only then that we learned that it was Nicole that didn’t want to talk to us and she had used her mother as an excuse. She was just too embarrassed to tell us to our faces that she didn’t want talk to us anymore. I am grateful that we have so many wonderful programs that help the youth. I am grateful that Sister Tavares could remind us of that and I am especially grateful that the spirit teaches us of the inspiration of those programs.
Sunday we thought we were going to have an investigator a church. We even offered to come by and wake him up. When we did, he wouldn’t get out of bed. But we felt that we should stay in the area of his house. We walked around and then out of nowhere, Sister Neves saw a guy with a dog and asked if he wanted to come to church with us. Lo and behold, he said yes. And he came with us. It was really cool to see how Heavenly Father puts his children who are prepared in our path.
I hope everything is going well with all of you!