This week has also been an adventure, Sister Richards' feet were really swollen so we had to spend some time figuring out the problem (which we discovered was pretty much the shoes she was using) but now all is well, my companion has ankles and this week is going to be more normal! Wait, its Christmas, sooo.... Not normal. But thats okay because... Christmas!
This week we got to give a name to our investigator's cat. Remember the cat named Hitler? His brother is now named Spiderman because Luiz wanted an English name and our lesson got interrupted by a giant tarantula playing with the cat so... Spiderman is the name!
Another funny story was when we were talking to an older man and his little grandson asking information about where to find a house. We invited them to church and the man started giving excuses and saying "Well... If God wants me to I might appear some day." As he said this, it started to rain money. Seriously, a R$2 bill floated down out of nowhere and I caught it and gave it to the grandson and said "Hey, if God can make it rain money, he can take you to church!" It was quite funny and made him think, so hopefully we will see him in sacrament meeting soon! :)
Other eventful moments of the week included making no bake cookies with a member, lots of wind (okay, thats normal) making our trashcan move around the house on its own (or maybe the bats are ghosts now...) and looking for lots of less active members. Our district had a challenge from President Melo to track down ALL of the members in Ramo 1 and Ramo 2 (Like, over 1,000 people, no joke) in a week and we worked really hard and had lots of success and miracles! A less active sister from our branch, Luzete, came to church yesterday and liked it a lot, invited us to almoço (lunch) this week, and said she wants to come the next sundays as well! Another less active sister, Raimunda (Socorro's mother), wasnt feeling well due to headaches, so we went yesterday to visit her and President Rocha gave her a blessing. She came to church that afternoon and said the hurt was completely gone and she loves coming to church!
One of the biggest miracles of the week was on Saturday night, when most of our appointments fell through. It was 8 pm, so we had an hour left to work and Sister Richards and I decided to say a prayer and just go where we felt prompted to. We reached an intersection and Sister Richards suggested we turn left, so we did and walked past a few houses. We stopped at a house where there was a woman with a pitbull, so we decided to talk to her. We didnt say more than "Oi!" when she opened the door and invited us to sit down. We started talking about dogs and her life and ended with an invite for her to read the Book of Mormon. We marked 2 Nephi 31 for her and said that it was written by a prophet and taught about faith and baptism. She said she'd never been baptized but it was something she wanted, so we invited her to follow the example of Jesus Christ being baptized by someone holding the authority of God. She accepted and we are going next week to start teaching her! I know that God hears and answers our prayers. Miracles are waiting, we just have to ask and follow the promptings we receive! I am so grateful that Heavenly Father gave us the precious gift of His Son. I know that through the Atonement we can be made clean from sin, guilt, and receive the strength we need each and every day.
Have a wonderful Christmas!