Mon - PDAY, then we went and visited Lorem and taught her gospel of Christ (she has gone to the church for over a year she is just waiting till she turns 14 to get baptized because her mom says she has to wait till that age, not sure why that age). After that we spent the rest of the evening making contacts.
Tuesday – We had lunch at Elce and her husband and Thais (their daughter) and her fiancé Andre. They are a super awesome family. Then we went to visited Bernadete and her family and talked about the intro to the BOM, we challenged them to pray to know that it is true. We then went home grabbed our things and headed to Videra on bus for Zone conference the next day. All the elders of the zone were there and it was cool, we had pizza that night.
Wed – We had Zone conference with pres. And we watched “Meet the Mormons”, super solid movie about different members of the church (recommend watching it). President taught us about really digging deep into the scriptures, he is crazy smart about the scriptures and showed us how to really understand each verse and why it is in the scriptures. Then went to lunch and as we were walking to lunch it started to rain and like poured, and we finally got to the place, ate, and dried off. As soon as we were walking back it rained again and drenched us it was super funny.
So here in Joaçaba is one of the biggest Carnivals in Santa Catarina. It started on Friday and goes till Tuesday. Saturday and Sunday are the biggest 2 days with the floats and parade down the main street. Due to all of the craziness we come in at 7 pm. The music starts at like 8 until like 5 am. The rest of the day is normal they paint the street where carnival happens all white they go all out! We can’t see the carnival from our apartment but we sure can hear the music, they put up a bunch of sound! So the branch is great here, its big enough to be a ward, there are actually like 100 to 110 people on Sunday, the branch is awesome and it has a lot of great people and they help a lot in the missionary work!
Oh study the lesson in Ezra Taft Benson titled ”Living Happy in Troubled Times” it was a great lesson we had in elders quorum. This area has a ton of hills and at the end of each day your pooped, dead tired, but it’s totally worth it. We actually were looking in the area book and found this one old investigator that looks promising, so we called her and she was super excited to talk to us. We marked a day and went to visit her. She and her mom were taking the lessons from the missionaries a year back. And she had read up to Jacob and remembered a ton of stuff like Nephi and his brothers, and the word of wisdom. She says she know that the BOM is true, and we were like very happy to hear this. Using the area book works! It was super great, and she accepted to get baptized, we are going back this next week and will mark an exact date. We also have Edson and Vanusa who have been investigating for over a year and he is getting divorced from his ex-wife this week! If they get married they are set! They are great people! We have also been working with different members and its been paying off. Working with the members is sooo much better!
Amo voces muito,
|It's Carnival season down here in Joaçaba, Brazil|
|Heading to Zone Conference|
|Our Zone with Pres. and Sis Silva|
|Staying in the Apartment during Carnival|
|Getting some extra scripture reading in at the Bus Stop|
|Carnival Shirt that I bought|