Monday, July 4, 2011

...nos damos nossa forca a Deus, poder e coração...(we give to God our strength, power and heart)

Óla meus queridos!

This past week... A lot of things fell through, and we spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with our time, which was a little annoying.  But we should be having a baptism this week, so I am really excited!  Talita (I dont know if I have talked about her before) is 11, and is sooo wonderful.  We have been working with her for about a month, and really the only reason she hasnt already been baptised is because she kept having to go places on Sundays and so wasnt able to come to church.  I dont really forsee any problems with her baptism, but keep her in your prayers! 
The one thing that I learned most of all this week is that Satan is a very crafty and very evil person (not that hes really a person).  I got very angry with him the other day (and so I am clear, the him is Satan).  Lord Sauron has nothing on Satan.  We had a lesson with some of our investigators, and one of them said that he didnt want to live with his family after this life because he wanted to devote his time to the glory of God.  The way Satan twists and contorts things is completely and utterly evil. 
The other thing I learned is that to understand the meaning of the word truth is a blessing.  To know that a truth is something that doesnt change, cannot change, and no matter what other people believe or think, it doesnt change what the truth is.  And its amazing to know the truth as well.  Thats one of the biggest problems we run into here.  People appreciate what we are doing, think its wonderful that we are preaching the word of God, but they already have their truth.  And to explain truth... with one of our investigators, the other day I had to flat out say (with much love and care) that if he believed the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet (which he said he did) this meant that the church that he was a part of was not true.  And he finally understood the importance of praying and asking God for the truth.  Which he did.  And he received an answer.  But now he is afraid of all the changes he will have to make in his life.  And so we pray.  Really, really hard for him.
Other than that... to be honest, we dont do a whole lot on p-days.  We have had some zone activities (playing futbol, a churrasso) but other than that, I really feel like we dont have much time to do anything.  This might be because it takes us forever to get things done.  Who knows.  Today it had something to do with the fact that we dont have water in our apartment except in one of the bathrooms - this means we couldnt do dishes or laundry. Opa =]
I love hearing from all of you and learning what you have been up to!
really quick some things....
Dad should check out the team Flamengos and tell me if theyre any good (they are popular here).
I do not have a cord for my camera, it got lost a long time ago (I actually think yours got lost and you inheirited mine).

Love you!!!
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Sister Petersen

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