Weekly Update

This week we had a cool conference with the first presidency of the church and were greatly instructed. It was amazing to hear Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and other apostles speak to ALL of us missionaries at the same time. Very cool.

This week we gave a training for the new missionaries (the greenies) about contacts and how you have to speak with absolutely everyone that the Lord puts in your path. The following days we were able to put this in practice even more in our work and we invited a whole bunch of people to church and to hear our messages. I don’t know why (maybe it’s lack of faith on our part) but not very many people wholly accepted our invitation. Most of the people were like, ” Ya, yes, yes. I’ve already heard about your church (eye roll) I have my own religion. thanks….”. Very dry. However even so, there are always the elect few of the Lord that accept with happiness in the heart.

So the Bishop called a new LMA (ward mission leader) and he is super cool! His name is Inácio and is super willing to work with us and accompany us during the lessons and everythinig. I think that he’ll be a ward mission leader very present in the work and this will help us greatly to connect us more with the ward.

Anyways – I love you all! have a wonderful week!!!

-Sister Jessop

Another good hard week

So this week has passed very quickly. We had two exchanges and let’s just say it’s been hectic with travelling, working, etc. As far as Rosangela goes (the paralytic) we are watching more of the progress that she will make in the path to repentance until she can be baptized. She was not able to go to church yet but I have confidence that if and or when she moves to an ‘old folks care home’ it will be just that much easier for her to go to church.

The sun here is really angry. Can you all believe that today it will hit 100°?!? Wow…. And we walk in this humid heat every day… Honestly the Lord protects us every single day because I don’t know how I’ve made it this long in this sun without fainting yet.

Well I am really psyched with the baptisms we’ll have this week…or possibly the following if there’s a hiccup. We’ll see. We have some investigators seriouly interested and keeping the invitations. It is fantastic.

I wish you all a good week. tchau!

-Sister Jessop

Paralytic

So Cristina (who returned to church with her family is like super psyched about sharing the gospel) and thus is giving a whole bunch of referrals for us which is absoluely amazing. She even brought a family of friends that we are now teaching and has a baptismal date for the 23rd. woohoo! Well we are teaching a wide variety of people with varying nessecities. We are teaching a hardcore evangelical family (Clayton and Jussara). Clayton got super excited to know that the truth was once again here on the earth (prophet, apostles, authority, etc.), however his wife isn’t very easy to win over (she is really blinded by “men’s craftiness” unfortunately). We are teaching a family whose dad is in prison and is completing his sentence there (this family went to church!). We are teaching catholics, and people of every type of faith. We are working a lot with inactives as well. A goal that President Cruz passed for us is to reactivate or advance four men in the priesthood. So we are zoning our efforts in on four members that we know.

We are also teaching a mother of a member who lost her leg in a hit and run two months ago. She cannot feel her body from the waist down and depends greatly on others for her support. It is sometimes very depressing when we visit her because she does not recieve many visits (party because she wasn’t exactly the happiest most freindly honest person in the world before the accident…). She is often home alone even though her 18 year old daughter takes care of her 24/7. We are trying to involve the ward greatly and the bishop and his family actually do help a whole ton. Like they pay for diapers, and a bunch of other necessary things. Well this paralytic (Rosangela) lives on the 5th floor of her apartment we are trying to think of a million ways to get her to church at least once before she can be baptized…..

While we were thinking of her situation we remembered the parable of the paralytic in the Bible in Luke 5. Remember that story about the paralytic that wanted to be healed and was carried by four men to Jesus and was lifted through the rooftop to be able to get to Him and be forgiven of his sins and then cured of his disease? Yep well this is exactly the case of Rosangela. I don’t know if she’ll ever be cured of this disease, but I do know that to be completely forgiven of her past sins she will need the help of every single member to get to church and be able to enter into the baptismal waters with her wheelchair. It will require a lot of priesthood service….. wow. We already talked with bishop and he advised us to keep teaching her more before she gets baptised…also that possibly it could damage her health more if she left her fifth story home without an elevator…… wow.. we’re in a difficult situation. But we keep moving forward with faith! I have faith that Rosangela will repent and get baptized!

Tonight we are heading to Arroio Grande to do exchanges. It’ll be great. :)

Unhappily we do not have anyone in line to be baptized this weekend, however we have lots of hopes for Elizabeth, Miriam, and Gabriel on the 23rd. Por favor!

Tchau! Beijo para todos!

-Sister Jessop