Monday, December 12, 2016

Copoeira Performance in the Plaza

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Hi everyone!! 
How are you all? I hope you all had a great week! This week was a lot of work for us and it feels fantastic. The time seems to be flying by! 

It's almost Christmas!! I'm so excited to Skype my family! You should get a little sneak peed this week if the video I took sends because you will hear my voice for the first time in a while! I hope you guys are excited to Skype too! Also my birthday is on Saturday! 19 years old. Holy heck, that is old! I don't feel that old at all though. I think I will be a kid at heart forever. 

Tuesday for us was really tough. It just seemed like everybody rejected us, every door got slammed in our faces, all our investigators cancelled or weren't home, and in all it was just miserable. Sometimes I wonder why the Lord does that. Why he gives us, His missionaries, days like that. Everybody has them. I think it is to humble us. That is what me and Elder Oliveira thought as we were talking about it at the end of the day. I think in life all of us deal with the challenge of humility. No one likes to admit they can't do it themselves but in the end, nobody can do anything alone. We need our Father in Heaven and Savior.

But Heavenly Father rewarded us on Wednesday. Wednesday night we met up with Erick. Erick is a returned missionary in our ward that got back in January. He wanted to go out and teach with us and we needed lessons with members so it worked out. I quickly realized how amazing of a missionary Erick was and still is. We went to our investigator Ingrid's house. We just shared a quick message with her about Christmas and the Savior because she didn't have to much time.  At the end of the lesson we asked her to say the prayer. She said "oh no way." We tried to help her anyway we could to get her to pray and she still wouldn't do it. Then Erick stepped in. He calmly explained what prayer is and the importance of it. He went and sat next to her on the couch and helped her pray and she did!!! It was so spiritual and special and a feeling of peace immediately entered. 

After Ingrid we went to find Kelly. Kelly was a really good contact we had made a few days before. We went to her house and she was there with her daughter and her aunt. We entered and got to know them, then taught the Restoration. The lesson was so awesome and Erick jumped in at times and every thing he said I thought, "That's perfect! Why didn't I think of that?" At the end we asked Kelly to pray. She wasn't as hesitant as Ingrid. Right as we were about to pray Erick stopped and said, "wait, after the prayer everyone just sit and wait in silence and listen." So we all kneeled down and she said a fantastic, heartfelt prayer. After nobody moved. The Spirit was so strong. When I feel the Spirit really strong sometimes I get so happy I start to laugh! And it happened in the moment. It was just a feeling of pure joy. We ended up sitting in silence with the Spirit for about 5 minutes. It was so cool. I learned so much from Erick.

This week we also went to Patrick again. We had decided to teach the Word of Wisdom which is always interesting. We figured he didn't have a problem with alcohol and drugs but we assumed he drank coffee and tea because everyone does besides members. We taught the lesson and at the end he said, "I don't drink coffee or tea..." Haha!! Amazing! I said well we just taught you stuff you probably already know but keep doing what you are doing. That guy is amazing! 

Friday night was so awesome. too We were at an inactive member’s house and he is awesome. I hope he comes back to church. But anyway we were talking about a thing called Capoeira. According to the Google definition it is "a system of physical discipline and movement originating among Brazilian slaves, treated as a martial art and dance form." It started here in the state of Bahia and is a big deal and tradition. I had sadly never seen it. Anyway, the guy was talking about how every weekend in the plaza there would be a capoeira presentation but nowadays it rarely happened. I had never seen it. I wanted to see it. We left and started heading back to the plaza and I heard some drums. Elder Oliveira started to laugh and was like "no way, we were just talking about this!" There was a presentation of Capoeira in the plaza!!! AND it happened to be the ONE DAY of my entire mission so far that I had my camera with me for the day, ( besides p-day). How awesome! I took a ton of videos so hopefully they send. It really made me feel like I was in Brasil and the whole culture feel was so sweet. 

I love this gospel, I love my mission, and I love you all! Have a great week!!

-- 
Elder Spencer P. Christofferson

PS- Hey all, this is Marilee. Sincer Spencer's Birthday is on Saturday, I was hoping that next Monday he can open his email and have a TON of Happy Birthday wishes sitting in his inbox. I know he would be over the moon happy to get a ton of EMAILS from all of you. If you have an extra minute this week please send him a quick note. His address is spencer.christofferson@myldsmail.net


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