Thursday, December 5, 2013

Miracles - November 25

So this last week or so I have decided to be looking more and more for the miracles that are happening all around me! This is the Lord´s work and as we are obedient and have faith, miracles are for sure going to happen. As I have done this i have been truly humbled by the all of the great little miracles I have seen. Seriously, I have loved it and dont worry, have been writing in my journal all about them. I will share a couple! I also am going to send some pictures which takes some time so this wont be too long this week, sorry! We were going to an appointment last tuesday, when it fell through, we were way bummed as we had been really looking forward to it, but we kept walking and then we saw the old lady we were going to teach walking up the street. We had only taught her once and so we didnt know her very well but we went up and hesitantly said ´carmen?´, to which she said no, her name is Dirci! Haha but then we asked if we could share a message with her, to which she told us that very morning her friend at work was a Mormon and from another part of our stake, and had told her that she needed to talk with the missionaries, so she said she had been planning to come to church this Sunday to request a visit! We asked if we could mark a day to return, and she asked if we could talk right then in her home! Haha so we did, and she told us that her husband had died a year ago and her children lived far away and didnt have time to see her all the time and she just needed peace and a reason to keep on living. She was crying and it made us cry a bit and it was just way tender (dad word) to see this woman searching for purpose. We taught her the plan of salvation and when we told her that her husband has the opportunity to learn about teh Gospel now, she was so happy, saying he had never really been religious, and when we said she could live together with him forever this little old lady was crying and so happy. Seriously it made my week. I lef the appointment and was just so grateful to have been at the right place at exactly the right time. We had another appointment that week and then she came to church with her granddaughter who was visiting. It was so cool to see, seriously so grateful to have been a tool in teh hand of the Lord. Then on thursday we were trying this referral for the daughter in law of some members here, who lived in the same house as them, well no one was home, we had already tried our back up plans, and so I asked Elder De Oliviera if we would pray. A lot of missionaries here are hesitant to pray on the street, it was a lot easier in Montana with a car, but I love it! So we did, started walking, and then this lady stopped us and asked if we were looking for Elze and Nielson, the members who have the daughter in law, and it turns out it was her!! But because we hadbeen standing there praying in front of her house she knew we were looking for them and so stopped us and talked to us! We ended up teaching her right then and at the next appointment she had read and prayed and said that she needed to be baptized again in this church because Nephi had the power and authority to baptize and she knew that was important to have it with someone who had authority. Then she came to church too!! It was so great! Then that same day we were at another appointment which fell through and it was in a part of our area we dont work in a lot, and we decided we should wait five minutes to see if the person got home, well up walks a person who my companion recognized! It was his old next stoor neighbor from his home town, 8 hours away!! Haha he now lives in our area with his family of 3 kids and wife! We were in the exact right spot to find him, our area is big and is packed with tons of people, what were the chances that we would be there, with my companion who knew him, in a city of 30 million and have him live in our area? Haha I love miracles!! 
We also had a baptism this last saturday and I baptized her, Cristiana. She has been investigating for like 7 years, and we were so happy to see her finally join the church! It was a really cool experience and then at churhc we had 7 investigators there, almost all new ones who we found in the last week or two. I just am loving it!!!
This week is Dia das Graças, Thanksgiving, but here it really isnt a thing at all. Just another normal day, which is kind of a bummer, but that is ok! I am making my effort to be extra grateful and I think I am also going to make an A to Z list on Thanksgiving, gotta keep with the family tradition! 
We are working really hard with the members here, it is really great and I am loving it! We have 9 new ward missioanries, we hadnt had any, and some are really great, some are not really doing much, but that is ok! We are doing our best! It is really hot here, but also raining a ton! Either crazy hot or crazy rainy, yesterday I was soaked to the bone even with a big umbrella! Haha and one day we got caught up in the rain without umbrellas and it was just crazy!! definitely an adventure! I love you all so much and now it looks like I migth not get to send any pictures because of time, but I will next week! Tchau! Com Amor!
Elder Carney

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