A few cool experiences from this week:
President Cabral has been hard at work making the transfer, so he put up this sign on his door so we wouldn’t bother him. His English is improving hahah. And last night he was the speaker at a couples fireside in our ward. We weren’t there (we couldn’t find dates) (that was a joke), but he was pretty excited about it–talking about his wedding and everything. President is really funny–he got new glasses this week (they remind me of yours, Dad) and I told him they made him look more “hip”. After we went through what “hip” means, he just looked at me and said “Oh, it’s not the glasses, Elder. It’s the man.” This morning he came up to us and said “I have a terrible problem, Elders. Every day I wake up more handsome than I was before. This is incredible! You all are lucky that you’re normal people.” He’s always fun to be around.
This morning President also did companionship study with the 5 of us, which is incredible haha. We started out talking about the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood and then he opened it up for questions, so we talked about the Atonement, repentance, forgiveness vs. remission of sins, the Holy Ghost, and a bunch of other things. It’s amazing how much he knows! And he worked for a while in education, so he’s a really good teacher and he makes things very easy to understand.
Well this is super boring but most of the exciting things this week happened in the office. We did have a pretty interesting lesson last night–a couple who had been hearing the messages for a long time basically told is that it was intolerant of us to say that our church was the only true church with divine authority. So we told them that we were sorry if they thought we were intolerant and that we did not believe that all other churches were wrong or misguided, only that they lacked authority. Then we bore testimony that just as Christ never backed down from stating what he knew to be true, we, as His representatives to them, could not shy from preaching the restored gospel. It wasn’t, of course, what we would like to have happened with them, but it was a pretty Spirit-filled lesson, I think they understood a little bit more about our mission, and we felt pretty good about it.
Well here’s a picture of some birds from the Orquidário this morning, which we visited between English class and lunch, and a picture of Avenida Ana Costa, which is the avenue where the office is and one of the most popular places in Santos. You can see the palm trees that line the avenue–some of those date from the Dom Pedro era, apparently.
That’s it for this week! Thanks for everything!
Elder Craig Maughan