(Sorry this is late - I just realized that I forgot to send this out that last week - HL)
Random Thought: I have two reals (Brazilian money) in my pocket!
Ha crazy week! So I learned from the power company That our electricity wouldn't be turned on until today so we went without it this entire week! That means no washer, hot water, light, fans or charging the cell phone! It still hasn't been turned on as of this minute but all is well and its an excellent time to develop more patience! Its actually kind of been funny because every time we go back to the house at night and in the morning we check to see if its on! I always trick my comp and say,"dude its on!" hahaha Also no electricity means that the guy who came by to put our beds and dresser together can't because he has a drill with a special bit to do it! So for now we are taking cold dark showers, living out of our suitcases and sleeping on mattresses on the ground! Its all part of the experience!
Last week a young woman we have been teaching for months decided to be baptized!!!!! So this week we have talking with her and scheduling appointments! WE are SOOO excited and the plan this week is to visit her every day until her baptism on Saturday!!! We are trying to plan it perfect with me and my comp singing and another Elder playing piano and we want the whole city there!! Anyways I am just happy about it!
On Thursday me and my companion were walking and he was super thirsty and saw a family getting home so we went over and asked for something to drink. It was kind of awkward because they had just arrived home and THEY hadn't even drank anything yet. Now I am not one who likes awkward situations so I just kind of stayed quiet at first. But we asked if they had heard about the church and if they already had spoken to the missionaries. They answered no to both so we asked if we could teach and then we taught! Well guess what happened!!!!!?? Nothing....they seemed disinterested. SO after the lesson we left invites to pray and to read and they said they would, then marked another visit with them for Saturday.
Saturday we went back to the same family and left another message and this time they seemed a bit more interested. We invited them to church and I decided to use a technique I learned for one of my zone leaders and asked for a ride from them, to church! They have a car so it worked perfect! They said sure and then we socialized for a bit, prayed and left!
Sunday morning we went to their house and they were already ready and waiting for us!! Holy cow I was excited!! We got in the car and were on our way! We got to the church and the members were PERFECT!! Everyone talked with them and they really enjoyed church!! After church the dad, Assis, told us that at night when we were done working in downtown, and with our church meetings to call him to come pick us up! YES! That meant an hour less of walking and more time to teach him!
So we went to lunch and ate piranha and through the rest of our day of work and church meetings and then called Assis for the ride! He told us he'd be right there so we waited and he came and got us with his wife! We had a WONDERFUL conversation in the car! We asked what they thought about church and he went off on how he loved it and felt a peace he had never felt before and before we asked if he was going next week he said that he would!!! AND he said to tell the members that they are welcome to pass by his house anytime!!!!!!!!!!! People this is the DREAM for us missionaries!! So now we are just super excited and going to work our tails off with this family!! Please pray for them!
Com muito amor,
Elder Roman Laws