Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Let me tell you, after 2 months of working more or less alone in a city, it is really good to see and talk with other missionaries. This week I had my second Zone Conference in Brazil, and as always, it was great. What made it even better was that we flew to the Conference via airplane! The trip to Cuiaba is at least 18 hours by bus (depending on the condition of the road) and Presidente Reber decided that it would be better to travel by plane then to waste a day and a half on the bus. Hurray for aviation! 

Zone Conference itself was great, and I learned a LOT. The assistants gave a great training of presenting our message clearly and simply. With brief, but powerfull lessons, with less explanation and more testimony! Presidente Reber shared with the missionaries his vision for our mission and the incredible things that are happening here to further the work. There are many, many cities in the mission that need to be opened to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and It's awesome to know that we're on the forefront of spreading the gospel to new people and new places. Unfortunetaly, I forgot my camera and so I don't have pictures of the conferece, but feel free to visit the blog of my mission President to check it out (http://ksrebermission.blogspot.com.br/).

The crowning event of the week was definetally Zone Conference, but there are a bunch of great things, and some not so great things happening here in Alta Floresta.

First off, my companion and I are super excited to be working with a number of incredible investigators who are preparing for baptism. First off, A, and (hopefully) a esposa dele, C. As well as two of the grandchildren of one of the members here, C e T. We are going to work specifically with these families this week to help them prepare for baptism this coming Sunday. Also, we are teaching an awesome lady, R and her daughter, L. R
is working hard to quit smoking, and she hopes to be baptised in the coming weeks as well!

As for moments caidaço, we made contact with a man who is a member of the "congregação cristão" and studying with the "testemunhos de Jeová". The situation was interesting because literally these are 2 of the most...radical religions here in Brazil, and this guy was a mix of BOTH! Anyway, from the getgo, he tried stumping us with a couple of rediculous questions, but me and my companion just presented him with a Book of Mormon, bore testimony, and got out of there! It definetally wasn't the funnest experience, but it served as an example for me of the lack of spirit that accompanies argument, and, in contrast, the powerful spirit that accompanies a sincere testimony. 

And because I have no idea how to appropriately end this particular letter, I'll just say, 

PS Sorry, this is the only foto this week. A foto that my companion took of me la em Cidade Alta.

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