Life is a rollercoaster, isn't it? But isn't it great?
As our Christmas present our District leader Elder Sampson and his companion, Elder Boeno worked in our area of Fernandes the other day. They spent about three hours making contacts and knocking doors to help us find new investigators. They talked to a woman named Rosa. When they passed her name and address over to us after their three hours were over, they explained, "I don't think she has very much interest. We'll see." So the other day, one of our appointments fell through (as is custom with these easy-going Brazilians), and I felt strongly that we should try to find Rosa's house even if it seemed to the Elders a lost cause. We went searching for her house. After a while of trying to find the address, we almost gave up. However, we decided to ask a woman that was standing in her yard if she knew a Rosa. She said that she did and pointed out where she lived. After talking to this woman a bit about the message of the Restoration hahahaha (you have to take every chance you get) we knocked the door of Rosa, or more accurately, clapped at the gate of Rosa. A young girl came to the door. We asked about Rosa and she said that Rosa did, in fact, live there. She told us to enter. However, when we entered, we found that this Rosa wasn't the Rosa we were looking for. This Rosa has alzheimers and doesn't talk. But we asked the girl, Jadye, if we could talk to her for a little bit. Jadye was really shy, but we knew from the very first that she is super special. We taught and set up a return appointment. A few days later on the way to this appointment, we found out that we were searching for Rosa on the wrong road!!!!! hahaha we laughed and laughed about how dumb we were. However, Sister Matiaco and I both believe that we were meant to find Jadye. The Lord left this trail for us to find her.
At times we don't receive answers to our prayers immediately, but sometimes we do. I hate to admit this, but the other day I was crying to Sister Matiaco because I felt like I had no love for the people I am teaching, the people I see in the street.....no love. I prayed to the Lord to help me to feel more love for these people. Soon after this prayer, I had the strong impression that we needed to go contact a reference from the Bishop even though we had planned to visit her the next day. So we contacted her. It is a really long story, but the LOVEEE that I felt for this woman as she bore her soul to me was overcoming. I felt such a strong connection with her and I know I was able to help her. I thanked the Lord for giving me the opportunity to realize that I am capable of great love!!
I taught an English class this week! It was super fun! The funniest moment was when an old man tried to say, "I am sixty (years old) and actually said, "I am sexy." Wow......tried to hold the laughter in on that one. I wonder how many times I have said something like that!!!!!
I love you all! I am doing well! Hope you are all having a great Christmas season! I know the Savior was born, lived, died, and ressurrected for us!
Sister Aut Barnes