Sunday, March 22, 2015

Update 2015-03-22

Dear Family
The time just keeps flying by, and so many things happen each day it is difficult to know where to begin.  We went to Careces for a mini CTM training with the missionaries.   It was wonderful and dad shared an experience from his patriarchal blessing and talked about the blessings of a mission.  As for me I made popcorn balls for everyone.  We really enjoyed the training and the elders did a great job of teaching about obedience and work etc. We had ice cream in a little place next to the river.

Cáceres training for potential missionaries
Ice Cream... of course!
This is a wonderful family in our ward, We had them over for spagetti and meat balls and pancakes.(Not at the same time)  This picture is taken out side their house.  They had us over for a wonderful dinner.
Marco and Elizabeth Tuilho with missionaries
We spent the night in Cáceres and the next morning dad received a call from a man letting us know our friend Ney was in the hospital with infection everywhere, and would like a blessing.  The connection was not excellent and every hospital has pretty much the same name but dad wrote down what he could and told the gentleman we were traveling home and would be there as soon as possible.  Dad called the office elders and ask if they would try to find the address with the amount of information given us.  They could not find it.  So when we got back to the office Dad gave it his best effort and to make a already long story short we got to the hospital.  Ney´s friend was there to take Elder Davis, his wife and Elder Harris in.  There could only be three visitors so I remained outside.  They gave Ney a blessing and then he said two other people in the room wanted a blessing (it ended up being three more!).  Dad said it was a wonderful experience.  He would simply ask, "Do you have faith in Jesus Christ?"  When they said yes, he would explain that they had been given the priesthood power from God, and explain that a blessing has two parts, then give the blessing.  Everything seems to work together when you do the Lords work. Side note, while in Boston dad had to give a blessing so he was prepared with the correct Portuguese words and that was another tender mercy.
Our Stake Conference had a visiting authority, Elder Costa of the presidency of the seventy.  The talks were excellent and we loved it.  The Romrells came Tuesday for a visit and much to their disappointment ended up staying several days. He left his bag at the airport and it was stolen. It was a difficult experience for them.  We enjoyed their company, and might have had them for longer but Elder Romrell sprinted back to the airport to retrieve Sister Romrell's bag which was accidently left...again.  They have crazy luck but they are back in Sorriso.   They are a great blessing to that area, building the kingdom and doing amazing things with the people there.  They work in the areas of Sinop, Lucas and Sorriso.  We heard a wonderful quote in church today.  "To the strong Soldiers the Lord gives the biggest battles."  I sang in English "Tell me the Stories of Jesus" in gospel essentials at the request of the teacher.  That is about it for this week.  Dad is crazy busy with the office and yes, we are getting ready for transfers again. We are loving this wonderful work.  And of course we are so grateful for your love and support. The Church is True.
 Com Amor,  Mom and Dad
Romrells, the police agent in the ward (far left), us, S. Davis, E. Richards, E. Gadelha

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