This week was fun, but also really hard.
- Margarita broke up with us.
- Pedro was flipping out and he disappeared for like 2 days.
- We found tons of cool people and they gave us fake numbers.
- We almost had no investigators show up to church.
But with all the bad things that happened, we saw that God’s hand was guiding us the whole time.
First, with Margarita. She is deciding to ignore the spirit. She doesn’t feel comfortable changing religions. We thought that her son, Alexandré, still wanted to talk to us, but I think he’s a smart kid and he knows now is not the right time. He said the prayer in our last lesson. In his prayer, he asked that God would give him another opportunity to talk to the missionaries and that the next time he would be baptized. It was really sad and we miss them a lot.
Next, Pedro freaked out because he started asking a lot of questions and they started dominating. Also, he’s going through a lot of changes right now. He just got a job, but it’s at night. It starts at 2 and ends at like 9 and he walks the whole way. Plus, he’s trying to quit smoking and he’s getting kicked out of his house. His brother owns the house and he’s working in France. He apparently doesn’t like the idea of his brother living with his wife. So we think that the mixture of all these things led to him not wanting to talk to us. He finally called us Saturday. We found out his issue is that he wants to be baptized, but he doesn’t want to affiliate himself with a church. He is freaking himself out about other tiny details. He did come to Stake Conference on Sunday and he felt the spirit. So we think he’s okay now.
Cool thing. We met this really awesome African family. Descio is from Angola, but he’s living here for his cancer treatments. He’s in remission and he says he’s doing great. His wife is in Angola for work (they’re mega rich). He’s here with their 4 small kids. They have a maid to help him out. He was so excited to invite us into his home. We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to teach them.
There’s another woman, Margarita, who has an abusive husband. We don’t know how to help her except to bring the gospel into their home. But maybe they need professional help too.
Today for p-day (preparation day), we visited the La Torre dos Clérigos. It’s the tallest bell tower in Portugal. It was really neat and we had a good time.
Stake Conference was also really good. We heard about the Lisbon temple groundbreaking there. We got soooo excited.
We’re doing a really neat project with our members. I want all of you to do this as well.
- List every single person you know that isn’t a member, friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, etc…
- Pray for guidance.
- Listen for prompting from the spirit and pick 5-10 names that are ready to receive an invitation.
- Ask the missionaries to help you!!!
- Think of an invitation/gift. Ask the missionaries to come with you to give the gift/invitation in person.
I know this model is inspired and I challenge everyone to try it! God will always bless our righteous desires.