Friday, July 11, 2014

Wow! This week was great! It's sooooo nice to be able to stick with the same companion two transfers in a row. We're working together super well, and we're working a LOT. This week we basically just got to it. Finially, we've got organized and settled to the point where we're working effectively and with the spirit! It's impossible to talk about everything that's happening here, but I'll try and cover some of the main events. 

First off, we're teaching a very interesting family with a ton of potential. The head of the household is a 70+ year old grandmother named T who a few years ago abandoned a life of traveling and gambling to settle down with her family. I could write for ages about her life and family, but suffice it to say that she is in the process of really turning her life around for the better. Two weeks ago she was fervently Catholic, and promised us that she would never accept another baptism. On Saturday, she accepted our help to prepare to be baptised, and testified to us that she "knows that everything we say and teach is true". To hear such a testimony served to strengthen my own that much more! 

This week really was just a powerful one. No single experience stands out, but it so, so many instances this week, the spirit was strong, people were touched and hearts were changed. Things are happening so fast, I can hardly keep track of it all. We found yet another member family that moved here from Cuiaba just one month ago! We visited the couple, and we are excited to have their support in continuing the incredible growth of the church here. 

With all the work we are doing here, and the support and help of the Lord, we were able to witness something that I never expected. Saturday night, I prayed that we would not have room enough to recieve the blessings of our efforts during the week, and Sunday morning, that prayer was answered more literally than I could ever imagined. 45 people came to our little sacrament meeting yesterday, and there was LITERALLY not enough room in the house to seat them all. 

When we do our part, God does his.

End of story.

Elder Johnson

LT enormous tree
Service Project

 A couple the other missionaries are teaching and who will be married end of July to be able to be baptised.
Other Elders serving Alta Floresta.

 LT Preparation day visiting a museum
RT Alta Floresta landscape view

 Last pictures are of recent baptisms

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