Tuesday, March 22, 2016

It's the members

Shat makes a difference for an investigator at church?  It really is the members, the type of greeting they get there. Last week one of the counselors gave a talk on things that I have no freakin idea where he got them.  I was like WHAT?! but our investigators were like, it was so sweet the spirit was so strong there.

What do you think makes one ward better than another? The members and the activities. If they are doing activities and helping out the missionaries they make THE WORLDS difference. Seriously after knocking doors for like 4 hours and no one really wants anything, you gotta go to a super sick members house to get excited and amped up again, and if you're lucky a reference, to go keep working and bringing others to the knowledge. 

Do the trees change and drop leaves in the fall? haha I dont even think fall exists here.... its always hot and the trees I think always have leaves. Ive never seen a barren tree here except when it was being burned or dead. 

I think I have high blood pressure cause everytime someone says something stupid or doesnt understand something I get a headache... Seriously... but this week we had a baptism!! WOOOOOO!! but at the same time was the RS dinner thing so a member in the other ward called us and told us that we should probably cancel the baptism because the dinner would be in the sacrament room and so.... yeah. Thats when the headache hit. ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME!?!? I said really calmly "So you want me to cancel a life changing, life saving ordinance, so that you can have your dinner party in a WHOLE other part of the church?" and she had the audacity to say "yeah thats exactly it im so glad you understand." The headache worsened as I told her the ordinance would proceed as planned and if she had any question to first consult our Heavenly Father and then seek out the branch president. 

We knocked a door of some lady this week and she was actually the 4th consecutive person to tell me that she can't hear my message about Christ and can't visit the Church of Jesus Christ because her pastor doesn't let her. She continued to say "What's gonna happen when I go to your church and like it more and wanna go there from now on? My pastor loses a lamb soo. She doesn't like it" (pastor's a girl).  I said "Yeah if I opened up a Church and didnt have 100 percent of the truth I would be afraid of people going to other churches too! Maybe there they´ll actually find the truth!" and thats when I grabbed my bible. Muahhahah first Hebrews 6. I said "Does this place you go to do baptisms for the dead?" shes said, "Yes." To which I was full heartly startled and 100 percent doubting. I said ya sure? haha and after a few minutes of thinking she said no. So I said so how can this be the true church of God if they dont do this ordinance? She said yeah Im not really interested so I just bore my testimony of the vital necessity of this saving ordinance and she looked at me and said, "but if we were to do this thing how would it be done?" Thats when we entered and had a marvelous lesson about the love of God and justice and mercy and how important this ordinance is. It was great. 

I love you guys!! miss you all so much!! just a few more than a few more weeks and ill be home! haha love you guys!! im praying for you guys always and something cool is our investigators pray for our familes too so its not just me here in brasil praying for you guys. But its our investigators and the members too. I love you guys more than anytihng!
Elder Hamm

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