May 1, 2017 (week 81)

This week was good!

Quote of the week from a member: “If you cant live the 10 commandments, at least live 8 or 9.” Not sure thats the greatest advice haha

So I think the highlight of this week was a lesson with Bruno. Out of nowhere he said “remember that you guys said the Spirit usually comes as a feeling?” and then he told us how one day he felt the Spirit super strongly. He struggled to describe what it was like but he said he felt like he wanted to be a saint. It was incredible to see his joy as he tried to describe the feeling. It didnt remember the scripture in the moment but in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 5:2 it says “And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” He’s truly being converted! His baptism will be this week!

Oh I almost forgot! This week Sister Neil F. Marriot (2nd councilor in the young womens presidency) came to fortaleza and visited the two missions here! The conference was super short, but it was great! I thought it was going to be pretty much an amazing pep talk, but she gave us a ton of new and different ways to talk with people on the street and how to better out relationships with our companions. Shes awesome!! The same day we sung Im a child of God in a street contact. For those of you who know my voice, dont worry it was just my companion who sung haha. Sister Marriot gave us an idea to get the Book of Mormon into the hands of the people and to get them to read. Its like this: you stop someone one the street and ask them for help memorizing a scripture that youre trying to memorize, then you give them your Book of Mormon and they check you as you try to remember the scripture. I tried it a few times and I think it worked pretty good! It was at least more fun that what we normally do haha.

I think thats all for this week. Hope all is well at home!

Elder Lawrence

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