Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Letter #22 Take No Thought For Tomorrow

todo mundo!wow this week has been full of blessings i dont even know where to start. I want to talk about three of our investigators right now. on friday we met elbert. his story is really sad but you would never know it about him because he is so positive. we actually met him through his friend its funny how the lord works, you start teaching someone to actual find someone else. elbert is 20 years old, he lives on the street and has no family. only a couple days old his mother left him in a shoe box with his birth certificate on the side of the road in venda nova where i was serving a month ago. he grew up in an orphanage and now has no where to go. but he is really smart he speaks in analogys and knows more about the scrips then the average person everytime we teach him i learn something from him. we first started teaching him bc we gave him food with a little sticker on it that said vinde a mim follow me and he wanted to learn more. we invited him to church and when we taught him about joseph smith he said he wanted to do that to find out if the book of mormon was true such an elect. Then on saturday we finally got ahold of this family that we are teaching. The fathers name is emerson he lived in the US for four years and speaks really good english. the first time we just taught him the first lesson and finally got hold of him and his family this past saturay. we showed them the restoration video and after he said hmmm.. his expression on his face never changed. we started talking about the bom and he said normally i wouldnt believe this but i want to share an experience i had this week when i prayed about your guys message. he said on thursday he prayed and decided to read the bible to get his answer and he just opened it up randomly and it fell in daniel 10 and he read verse 10 that says ; daniel understand the words that i speak unto thee: he thought hmm ill read the whole chapter and he shared with us verse 1 that says the thing was true and he understood the thing and in verse 21 it says i will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth. he started to explain that his answer was clear and that he always gets his answers through the scriptures... well me being so ready to explain i didnt fully listen to his story and didnt understand all the words in daniel in portugues so i started talking about the famiine in amos and how there needs to be a restoration before i could go any further sister rueckert stepped in and said im glad you know its true.. with a confused face i looked at sister r and she started to smile. i was so ready to hear the answer no that i wasnt ready to hear a blessing of the answer yes i know its true. later after the lesson we started laughing about it. the next day was sunday and only emerson came to church kind of sad but next week the whole family will come to church... as we were sitting in church we looked back and saw elbert! he came! we were so happy. monday was more miracles. we had our first interviews at 1230 witht the president so we need to find elbert somewhere in the park so we could mark with him for that night. we went early and he was no where right as we were about to give up i saw his backpack walking towards us we marked with and taught him that night. we taught him the book of mormon and all he did was ask questions to learn more. he is so great, he says it all makes sense. i told him i liked to read the bible and the bom together and he said how show me i want to know. such an elect. then that night we found another man named ronald. he is 50 years old and is chain smoker. we taught him the first lesson and without question said com certeza(for sure). the next lesson with ronald we started talking about the book of mormon at the end i asked him if he would read and pray about the book of mormon and ask god if it was true he looked me dead and the eye and said no... in shock i didnt know what to do with a smirk on his face he said look i dont pray to god to see if the bible is true i already know he said im not gonna pray to god to know if this book is true bc i already know it is as we started talking and laughing bc i said ive never gotten that response before he said i cant deny it its the spirit we looked down and he had goosebumps on his arms on a hot day. this week has been full of blessings. right now we are truly teaching people that want to learn and want to change thier lives. last night was a little test of our faith we couldnt find elbert anywhere so we got up early this morning and even studied in the park so we could maybe run into him. right as were about to give up (always seems to be right before we want to give up) the lord throws a person in front of us that wants to know about the bom we give them a quick first lesson and right as were done we look up and elbert is waving at us.. we ran over to him and he said he was sorry about the other night but that someone gave him a place to stay.. its hard teaching someone with no address or no cell phone. he could easily leave but he always comes back. what a blessing... the lord keeps blessing us and today we had to run to the center really fast to get a package and we were starving and didnt have time to run home and eat and one of our friends that works at a sandwich place told us to come eat for free this week i studied alot in D and C 84 especially79-88. 81 says take no thought for the morrow,for what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink for your father knoweth you have need of these things let the morrow take thought for itself... so true oh and the other day when we were out of money to take a bus home with all our packages in our hand a random man came up to us and gave us a five so we could go home dont know who this man was or where he came from but this scripture kept coming into my head. i know that angels are all around us everyday and that heavenly father loves all of his children. this week has been full of miracles and i cant wait to see what happens next! the church is true. i love you all- sister corbin

ps random things that happened this week: did i already mention that brazil doesnt believe in shirts.. a member handed me sunscreen when i asked for something for my bug bite ha oh and blake i understand why you dont like spagetthi anymore i dont think i will anymore either... i had it 4 out of the 5 lunches this week and i might throw up the next time some one makes me noodles. o and creepy this man on a motor cycle stopped infront of us and asked if i had a boyfriend we started walking faster he went away and ten min later he came back and asked if i would marry him good thing we were close to where we were going... got to watch out here o and blake they hiss here too ha its kind of funny. o and got to ride in a cop car this week dont worry it was only a ride but i wonder what people thought when they saw two american girl missionaries get out of a cop car. love you all - fun facts from brasil

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