Monday, July 27, 2015

Hold firm to the Rod

Well this was a busy week. On Monday we went with Bruno to a FHE with Irmao Moraes family, then we went and we did some contacts. Then on Tuesday we visited Vinicius and talked about baptismal interviews he said he would pray about everything and have a answer for us the next time we visited. We also visited Bruno with Irmao Azevedo and talked about the restoration. Then we visited Luis and talked about the life of Jesus. We finished off the night visiting Rafaela and Vinicius and we talked to her about coming back to church and being active and we talked to him about the importance of baptism. I think everything will go quick with them if we work right and get the members involved in helping! On Wednesday we visited Vinicius and he said he got a confirmation about these things and that it is true, but he wasn’t sure about baptism and he is very hesitant I know he knows how important it is and the covenants that he will be making, so he has to overcome the doubts and fears Satan is putting on him! So we delayed the baptism and then we traveled to Joinville that evening. Thursday morning we woke up super early to go to Itaja to listen to Elder Leal who was on doing a mission tour, it was great! He discussed the importance of personal revelation and equilibrium in everything. He also to spoke about seeking after spiritual experiences and that we need to write them down so that we will remember them! Then that evening we traveled back to Joinville and bought 2 giant pizzas! Joinville is such a beautiful place, it has so much German influence in its architecture. There is a lot of German influence in this city. On Friday we got up early but missed the bus so we had to wait in Joinville for another 6 hours for the next bus! We ate lunch at Tucanos and had açai ice cream (they are famous for it) and it was really good! We spent time with the Elders and got to know the city and had some dinner with Irma Miriam and spent time with her family. Then on Saturday we visited Vinicius with Cleber about we talked about faith and confiding in the Lord, it was a great visit. We also visited Joao and Daniel and talked about the importance of praying each day and the importance of going to church. We finished the night off by visiting Bruno and we talked about Faith in Christ and how he is doing with the WOW and quitting smoking. On Sunday at church Bruno, Lucas and Rafaela came, so that was good. After church we went and visited Joao and Daniel again, then we brought some less actives and had FHE with Cleber and Luane with Adriana and Lucas, and the subject was about marriage and eternal families!

So as you can see we are starting starting to work with more members here and it is helping. We have Clebber and Luane who are a young married couple that are awesome here, we also have Irma Azevedo who is helping a ton too. I am super excited that Irmao Moraes and Irma Miriam are helping also!

Now to answer your questions, So yes it does rain a lot more here in Guaratuba then it did in Joaçaba. It is also a little more warmer here. Luckily this week has been pretty dry. Yes the members here feed us a lot! I am going to be a fatty when I leave from here. One of the cool things this week was seeing a lot of Elders in Itaja. I got to see a bunch of Elders that I haven't seen for awhile. I got to see some from my group in the MTC. It was awesome, I saw Elder Keller and Berquist! Which is funny though because the last time I saw them was right before we got transferred with our trainers which was day 1 of the mission in Floripa! Yes I love it here, but of course I miss Joaçaba, because it was going really well there, I miss the members, the people we were teaching, but we have to get it going just like that here. So the most spiritual part of the week was in Itaja! It was awesome, definitely learned a lot! Going to try and apply as much as possible here from what Elder Leal spoke about. The testimonies those men have about Jesus Christ is on a whole different level!

So this week I was looking at 1 Nephi 8:33 And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And after they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me and those that were partaking of the fruit also; but we heeded them not.

There are 3 groups of people in Lehi's dream, the last one that stays near the tree stayed there because they didn’t listen to the people who were making fun of them. We can't listen to the people who want to take us down and take us away from the iron rod! I love you guys and have a great week!

Remember to do the little things for one another,
Love you all,
Elder JT Moore

Our beautiful Chapel here in Guaratuba
Elder Sulivan and I 
E Zamorano, E. Cardenas and I in Itaja
Gringos in Brazil!
E. Berquist and E. Keller with E. Choate in the back
My last four companions in order from right to left
Pizza in Joinville
Architecture in Joinville is awesome