Saturday, July 18, 2015

Lizards, Rain, and Testimony After Trial of Faith

Hey everyone! So this week was a good one. On Saturday I went on splits with an American from Arizona. Another small town kid who´s super redneck haha. Man he was so funny. It was fun to talk about the random stupid things we did for fun in a small town. But he was really fun to work with that night. He brought a bunch of hunting pictures and showed them to the investigators and recent converts and they were all like, "Oh my gosh, people actually do that??" It was really funny. Monday we were eating lunch at a member's house and my companion noticed something strange on top of some curtains that were hanging (A lot of people just use curtains inside their houses instead of doors for bedrooms and such) Anyways turns out it was a huge lizard haha. The curtains were brown so the lizard blended in so well. The girls all ran so it was up to me and my comp to get it out. We ended up chasing it outside which is a miracle because it was the fastest thing I´ve ever seen! But it all worked out in the end.
So it´s been raining like crazy here! The rain here is super weird and super obnoxious. So you´ll be walking down the street and as soon as you start feeling rain drops you need to look for cover quick. Then all of a sudden it starts to pour. It rains so hard! Then about 30-45 seconds later it stops and clears up again. It´s not too bad if you are able to find cover to wait out the 30 seconds but if you are in a place that doesn´t have cover, you´re out of luck. Because you get soaking wet for about 30 seconds then the suncomes out and you get all sweaty and muggy. It´s not a comfortable experience. But then you start to dry and right about the time you dry out. 30 more seconds of rain comes to soak you again. So that´s how the weather is here haha.
Yesterday was really good. We went on another division and I went with a missionary from Paraguay. We had a really good lesson with a family. One of the daughters is already baptized. They have a little girl who is 8 years old and another which is 4. But the mom isn´t baptized. The dad was baptized a long time ago but isn´t active at all. We´ve been working a lot with them. The mom has been visited by missionaries off and on for about 5 years now and has always accepted them but never wanted to accept baptism or the church. The big problem is that they aren´t married, they´ve just been together for about 14 years. I don´t know why they don´t want to get married but anyways, yesterday we were talking to her and we were reading in the Book of Mormon and the mom brought up the subject of baptism. She says she´s afraid to be baptized and then fall away because she knows how important it is but it´s really hard for her to make it to church. She told us that all the other missionaries always talked about baptism but there´s something different about us. We talked to her about how sometimes we have to sacrifice for the Lord. We just happened to be reading in Ether 12 which talks a lot about faith. So we read the verse that says you don´t receive a testimony until after the trial of your faith. I´m not sure how that´s exactly worded in the English version but that was a roughly translated version by me. But it helped her a lot. We marked a lesson with them tonight and we´re gonna talk about the importance of eternal families and it´s gonna be awesome, I already know it haha.
Last night we had the zone leaders sleeping at our house so this morning we went to the basketball court at the church and had a game of basketball. I have not yet had a companion who likes to play any sport besides soccer. So it was so good to play basketball! But anyways, that´s about it for this week. I love you all! Have a great week! A igreja é verdadeira!

Elder Harris

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