Monday, December 2, 2013

Elder Xavier Stilson - November 25, 2013

Oi todo mundo! Todo bom?? Aqui em  Conilândia todo é perfeito!;) Well, that is about the extent of my Portuguese.  Haha, just kidding. This week has been really good and my Portuguese is getting  a little better every day! I also have a goal to not have ANY of my American  accent left by my one year mark. It’s hard but everyday that gets better too!

Well P-day we went to the Convento  da Penha! This is a HUGE Catholic Church on top of one of the Morros here in  Vila Velha! When you are on the top you can see the Third Bridge which is  AWESOME!! It is the thing to see when you are in Espirito Santo! The HUGE Chocolate  factory here in Vila Velha is another big tourist attraction and we are going  to visit it on the 2nd of December.

This week was awesome though!!! We didn’t  have any baptisms but we have 3 marked for the 7th of December! Their names are  Lucas, Daniel, and Gabriel! These are 3 young kids that we met on the street.  Daniel was the first that we contacted and we went back to his house and his  mom was really interested in our message as well! We want her to be baptized  but she smokes so that pushes her date back just a little bit. But while we  were teaching Daniel and his mother, Gabriel shows up. Daniel and Gabriel are  twins so it was kind of funny when he came in! But then he started to listen  and really liked the message. Then Lucas came in. He is very timid and didn’t  say anything the first visit but when we went back he came and sat down by  himself and loved the message!!! We went back a third time and they had all  read the Intro to the BOM but Lucas read up to 1 Nephi 2! When he got to the pictures  he read all the descriptions as well as the scriptures!!!! He is VERY Bible  smart and when we talked about everything in the bible he knew all the answers  but accepted the "new" doctrine. He says that he LOVES the BOM! That  is amazing!!! They are great kids and will be even better Missionaries!!!

We were supposed to have a baptism  this week but it fell through because the Lady says she isn’t quite ready. We  have done everything we can with her and the spirit is so strong when we teach  her but Satan is working on her NONSTOP!!! It is really frustrating working  with someone to the point of baptism and then have it fall through, especially  when they have a testimony.  I guess this is just one of the frustrations of  being a missionary. We are going to continue to work with her and I know that one  day she will be baptized.   

I wish we were given more time to  email.  There is so much more I would  like to share with you all but I am out of time. I would like to thank those of  you who have written me! You really have no idea how much those letters mean to  me and how some of the simple things you have said have meant the world to me. I  love reading your letters and if you have time, please write a little note  about how your family is doing when you send your Christmas card so I can have  something to write back!!!:) AND DONT FORGET THE CHRISTMAS CARD!!!;) Haha well  I love you all so much. God speed be with you!

One more quick thing, this Saturday and  Sunday we had an opportunity to hear from Elder Môroni Torgan of the 70 and he  talked a lot about missionary work with members! Missionary work is so hard  sometimes. 90 percent of our success comes from member referrals! SOMEONE you  know needs the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They either need a blessing or prayer or  service or SOMETHING! Please share these people with the missionaries! Even if  you are afraid, talk to the missionaries, they will be able to help you. We don’t  want to push people away. The missionaries don’t even have to talk about the  Gospel in the beginning.  Just having the  opportunity to meet with them and find things that they need is the perfect way  for the spirit to reach these people’s hearts. Have faith!! And if you have wavering  faith as Peter did while walking on water, or the un-surety of the man who  brought his son to Christ, do as they did!!! Pray to Heavenly Father and ask  him for faith to be able to reach out to these friends and neighbors! I have a  testimony about this! It is so hard to approach random people on the street every  day.  I ask Heavenly Father to help me  with my faith to be able to overcome this and talk to everyone!!! HE WILL HELP  YOU just like he is helping me!!! In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

  Elder Stilson


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