Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lots of things happening!!

hey family! what a wonderful week we had. lots of miracles happening here in caxias. last pday, we were invited by one of our investigators to visit the insect exibit at her college laboratory. it was really neat, some crazy bugs they have here in brasil! I took a ton of pictures. Me and my companion elder alves are working really well together. our personalities blend well together. So, one miracle was me playing soccer with a few little boys at a less active´s house. Out of nowhere, a man stops in his car and asks me if i was german. I said no that i am american and he responded," well, you sure play good for an american" His name is Nilson, a professor, who spoke with the missionaries a few times when he studied in Paraguay. He invited us over to his house to be taught with his family. We taught them and marked baptismal dates for them! He is incredibly intelligent...i feel future stake president potential in him. He stopped us in the beginning of the lesson and grabbed a notebook and pen to note down stuff from the discussion! i NEVER saw this in the mission!! It was so funny/awesome!! he always offers us a ride in his car as well! I feel a great spirit teaching their family! another MIRACLE was a reference from a member in brasilia gave us. We visited her, Ana Teresa, a 17 year old girl. She has a lot of family that are members. So, the next visit, she invited 5 boys from her dad´s soccer team to hear us as well! Then the next visit, 2 more came! Then the 3rd visit, 3 more came!! incredible!! We have already marked baptismal dates with almost all of them! Almost all of them went to church on sunday as well! They absolutely loved it! They all range from 15-20 years old! What a great addition they would be to the branch that really doesnt have any youth!! They all are respectable and good youth. We had the Zl´s here yesterday. They interviewed a family and a man for us! We just have to prepare them a little more. I went out with Elder Christie for the day. He said he learned a lot with me and that i´m the first of many missionaries that he´s seen on the last transfer thats not dead! hahaha. Our district is doing really good. The other companionship will have a baptism this saturday. We are currently with 20 people with baptismal dates that we are following up! lots of work! i really love a scripture in doctrine and covenants that i want to share with you:

D&C 84:106 And if any man among you be strong in the Spirit, let him take with him him that is weak, that he may be edified in all meekness, that he may become strong also.

This is so true, i´m a witness of it. A great example of this is Ammon in Alma 17 where he encourages the other servants of the king to not give up, and because of his strength, he made the others strong as well.
Love you all,
Elder Larsen

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