Monday, February 15, 2016

Letter #26

Dear Family and Friends,

Well, the apparently much anticipated report about my mouth. First, thank you for all the advice. And the prize for this year, goes to....... Mango mouth!!!! Sounds like a bad nickname, and I don´t want it to stick! Didn't drink any mango juice this week for this first time in months and it's clearing up. And I was using American floss. So happy to be seeing positive results.

This week was wonderful. We had another fantastic English class. It´s still a little stressful, because it's all on me. I have to plan ahead meticulously, and help students, etc. but I´m still enjoying it. We had six students, this week. Including one non-member, two less actives. One of the less actives, coming to the English class was the first time he´s been to church in years. One member, unsolicited made a bunch of flyers for us, and the class is starting to gain traction, as people are coming back from vacation. #lookoutworld

It's been a little strange having three new people in the house. Now, I´m the experienced one, and lead everywhere. My companion, Elder Soares, is fantastic. We've been working great together, and he´s been helping a lot with my Portuguese. The words are mostly there, but the accent is not. So we've been practicing a lot, and he´s been very patient with me. The goal: turn me Brasilian before the end of the transfer.
 
Sunday was a very special experience. A woman came up to us on the street and said she was a member of the church but stopped going ten years back. She now wanted the church in her life again, and asked if we could visit her. To which we responded affirmatively. This happened two weeks ago. She lives in an other area, but said she´d be moving here, more or less immediately. She had said she'd be moving into our area, so this Saturday I called her, and she said she hadn't moved but no one had visited her, and she really wanted someone to. So we set up a visit, in our area near us for Sunday morning at her mother´s house. We called a member to come with us, and went Sunday morning, at the arranged time. Except she wasn't there. But her mother and sister had both been having health problems and that Saturday night/Sunday morning had both been individually praying that someone would come and help. And here we were. We gave them both blessings, and it was very special, as they were filled with gratitude and really appreciated us. We've set up a time to check back up on them this week. Heavenly Father really does answer our prayers.

Alma 26 sort of wraps ups the missionary chapters of Alma, Amulek, and the sons of Mosiah. And verse 27, is very important. Sometimes we just remember the success they had. but truly it was a challenge for them. Verse 27: Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold the Lord comforted us, and said Go amongst thy brethren the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.

More than just missionary work, never give up! Trust in the Lord, and he will provide a way! And, sometimes, we will have to go to the point of giving up, before we find  a way, but there will always be one.
 
Love,

Elder Schenewark

P.S. You can open the box. Hopefully everything is there. Some of the stuff is for storage, a little is for the family, there should be note inside.

P.P.S. My camera broke this morning. It just comes up as memory card error. I´ll be taking it in to some shop. but no pictures this week.

1 comment:

Bachland :) said...

I just love these letters each week! It makes me feel like it's time to write another letter to Brazil.