We found lots of new families to teach this week and I am really excited! We have been visiting all the people on our ward list that we don't know and we are finding miracles! We met a man named José Antonio, who was baptized when he was a teenager and shortly after didn't return to church. Now we are teaching him, his non-member wife Adriana and 14 year old son Leandro! My favorite moment was when José Antonio thanked us for visiting him and helping his family. Made my heart smile :)
I have a huge testimony of using the ward list to find people to teach. There are many people that were baptized years ago that no one knows about. The moment someone is baptized into the church, their name is kept so "that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God" (Moroni 6:4). Every single person who is baptized immediately joins the ward (congregation) "family". Every member of our family in Rio Acima is important and we are here to rescue them and bring them back into the fold, just as Christ taught us to love the "one". I truly feel my duty as a missionary is to get to know every person on our ward list. That way, we can work WITH the members. We can help reactivate those who have stopped coming to church, and find families where many are non-members. This is how we are building the kingdom of God here in this little part of Brazil the Lord has trusted us with, Rio Acima.
Feeling very blessed and grateful today. Grateful for the chance to serve in this area, grateful for my companion, grateful for all the people we have to teach. Heavenly Father has been blessing us a lot! This week wasn't all rainbows and flowers, but it was a good week and we have lots of reasons to be grateful. I know the Lord will continue to prepare people for us to baptize. He is truly laboring with us!
Something funny I thought you all would enjoy: Tic tac toe in Portuguese is called "Jogo da velha", which means, "game of the old lady" (hahaha)
Sorry I didn't have much to share this week. Short on time! Have a great week everyone! Love and miss you all!
P.S. Pic of our zone activity today with the other missionaries in Barcelona. We played volleyball and soccer. I am not an athletic person, and playing with Brazilians makes me feel even less athletic, but hey, it's still fun! The other is a noite familiar (family night) we had about Family History. We are each holding up country flags that were the wrappers of chocolates we did an activity with.