Saturday, March 27, 2010

the 180 degree change

What up FAM?

welp this email is coming to you wayy late today because we were downtown in the federal district today with all of the sisters of the mission. Sister Pizzirani says its important for us to be friends. aww :) so she gave us a play day. i loved it. i'll get serious one of these days about figuring out how to upload pictures for you folks at home, so you can see the beauties of brasilia.

sidenote - yay i'm glad you got the cd that i sent with pictures.

in other news real fast - we had the most increduble lesson on saturday with this woman who made a 180 degree change in one hour. her name is Ana Lucia, and the first time we met her she made it clear that she was s u p e r anti-mormon. but we taught her just to clear up some of the ridiculous ideas and pre conceptions she had about the church. then we ended up teaching her brother who lived in the house in the front. Joao Batista (her brother) was incredible to teach. He was stoked to learn everything, read and prayed about the book of mormon, and was pratically converted in one night. it was amazing. so we were praparing joao batista for his baptism, and we went back to teach Ana Lucia, just so that she wouldnt throw a fit over joao batista's baptism.

anyways, we went with the purpose of just softening her up for her brothers baptism, but when we got there and sat down, the spirit took the lesson in a direction completely different. We read a couple passages with her in the book of mormon, (you have to know that she previously REFUSED that there was any chance that the book of mormon is the word of God WITH the Bible). so we read alma 32, talked about faith, then the subject changed, and ended up talking about some other stuff, and we were reading and explaining a scripture from the bible, and relating it to a passage in the Book of mormon that helps in the explanation. she started crying. she told us how this was ananswer to her prayer. how she's having some real issues in her marriage, and how fri night sher had opened her bible, read a scripture, but didnt understand it. then when we were there sat, we were explaining the things that she hadn't understood. it was so cool. at the end she absolutely couldn't stop thanking us.

this is what she said, "please keep teaching me, i promise i'm paying attention now. i know that you two were sent here by God tonight, and i know that what you are teaching me is true. what else can i read in the book of mormon? i promise i'll read it." i was like, 'look, we love you, but we cant teach all of the gospel in one night, etc. we'll leave this chapter (alma 32) with you, and we'll come back tomorrow afternoon." she responded, "ok good but what time will you come? can you come at 4:00? i know this is important and i dont want to miss your visit, so does 4:00 work? i'm so sorry but when i saw you in my doorway i didnt want to invite you in, but now i cant wait for you to come back?" we said yes, and she was like, k good, dont be late.

anyways it was sweet. the book of mormon is t r u e. it changes our lives! one time president pizzirani said, "we dont give people the book of mormon so that they'll read a couple of scriptures. it is a gift from God to change our lives. read it, study it, ponder about and live its principles." amen presidente!

welp, só isso. i love you guys and miss you a bunch. i hope you have a great week!


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