I hope this email isn’t too short, because we spent a decent amount of time traveling this week!
On Tuesday, we left at noon on the bus traveling to Videira. We got there, and then spent the night there with the elders there.
On Wednesday, we watched a world-wide missionary broadcast. It was broadcasted from Salt Lake City, for all the misisonaries in the world! They announced some changes in the daily missionary schedule, and some other changes. Basically, the schedule for missionaries is now a lot more flexible, and each missionary can plan their own day to better fit their situation. If you want to read an article about it, here is an article:
But, it was a few hours long, and was sent out by satelite, so we had to have someone come to the chapel and set up the equipment.
Later that night, Elder Larsen (another American missionary who is serving in Videira right now) made us burgers. We spent the night there in Videira.
On Thursday, we headed back to Joaçaba by bus, and got back in the afternoon. We went and printed some things and ran a few other errands.
On Friday, we had our weekly district meeting in a city called Campos Novos, with the 2 missionaries from there. Because of the irregular bus schedules, we only got back to Joaçaba at 6:00 pm, and had time to look for a new investigator, but didn’t find one.
On Saturday, we went to a part of the city called “Menino Deus” and went to knock some doors and look for a new investigator! At first, we weren’t having much success. Many people just answered the door, said they were Catholic or already had a church, and then closed the door. They weren’t rude though, the people usually are nice about it, just not receptive.
We did manage to talk with a woman named Valdemira, and shared a message with her. She is really Catholic, but decided to let us in because she had some extra time. She liked to talk, and listened to our message. I don’t know how well she understood, but we are going to try going back another day.
Yesterday, we went and talked with our two investigators, Nelson and Rose. They want to be baptized, and all that is left is for Rose to divorce with her ex-husband, and then Nelson and Rose to get married. We didn’t know a lot about the process, and talked with the branch president of the church in Campos Novos, who is a lawyer. He told us that all of that would take about 2 months. So, after talking with Nelson and Rose, we decided that they could be getting baptized starting in April. So, we are going to help them get a start on this process!!
One thing that I thought was interesting happened to us yesterday. There is a guy here in Joaçaba who always walks around the city drunk. He stopped to talk to us a couple weeks ago, and we didn’t give him much attention. Mostly because he wasn’t making very much sense, and he was also speaking half Spanish. But, yesterday he found us again, and asked if we could say a prayer in his house. We wrote down his address and told him that we would go visit him. He told us that his wife of their 4 kids left him, and he needed a prayer in his house. I guess I kinda looked at him a little differently after that. He might be a drunkard, rambling on in half portuguese half spanish, but who knows how he will accept the gospel!!
Well, that is how my week went! I hope everyone has a good week!!
Love your favorite missionary,
Élder Spencer Reece Peterson