Oiiii familia e amigos tambem!
Fam bam. Ah I sent a ton of pictures and read a lot of emails of everyone that’s coming home rapazzzz! Haha I got my flight itinerary today in my inbox-3 weeks already? What on earth? Where has the time gone?
Hey familyyyy okay gonna make this quick.
Prayers are answered. Sister Silva and I fasted this week for Tito and our other investigators but mainly with him in mind. We were teaching Tito and Fatima and Titu was being SO STUBBORN. Refusing to recognize tha tdrinking is in fact pecado (sin) and that it is not only hurting himself but also his family. We asked if we could pour his current bottle of Cachaça down the drain to which he responded absolutely not. Satan had a firm hold on him, really tight. However as we know Heavenly Father’s power is and always will be greater than the adversary’s. A couple days later we discovered Tito had had a ceisure(spelling?) and is recooperating now. This is what happens when he hits his limit of drinking constantly. He quits for about 15-20 days because he’s extremely sick and fragile. Bed ridden. And then goes back to drinking again.
We went to teach him and Fatima almost with a smile on her face said “Tito had a ceisure, he’s fine now but he’s stopped drinking”. We’ll take that. We went in to see how he was and began talking with him. It was incredible of how different he seemed already. Almost like a different person. Alcoholism really changes people. His friend Samuel was there who we had just met and we talked to him a couple minutes. He is the only TRUE friend that Tito has that doesn’t bum off him for money or booze. He’s always been consistent and loyal to their family Fatima told us. As he walked out the door he said “Tito, pay attention, your 2 kids went to this church and were baptized and now you’ve got these 2 sisters here at your side. Everything happens for a reason”. That was pretty sweet as we felt the spirit in that moment. As we talked with him he turned to us in his feeble state and said “oh my dear friends. I know God sent you to me. I’m so sorry for what I said to you last time. You were sent to help me.I know I need to stop drinking. In the name of Jesus I will never drink again. I know that I’ve said this before but I know it’s going to be different because you 2 angels are here to help me”. Fabio was sitting there next to us…you could tell he wanted to believe but was doubtful…that his dad would go through the same routine, nothing changing. It hurt to see the pain he felt, he was holding back tears. We talked about the atonement and how this change was in the hands of Tito, if he really trusted in God as he says he does then he needs to exercise his face and all of his strength to stay strong and not FLIRT with temptation. We set goals with him and Fatima and he gave us permission immediately to throw away the cachaça. I poured it down the sink, the smell gave me a head ache. Sick.
Well I am happy to announce that this week was MUCH better compared to last. I am hoping and praying that it will just continue to get better after that slump.
1st of all this week we had interviews with our beloved president Bigelow. The guy is a stud!!!!! I love him and Sister Bigelow so much. As I said with the previous week being particularily difficult I had quite a few things on my mind that I was anxious to discuss with president. I even had written them down in my planner and brought it with me into the interview ready to just spill everything onto the table. However as the interview began he looked at me and said “Let’s just talk, a nice little chat” haha his personality is really easy going and fun. You can tell he was a seminary teacher (very similar to my other president Gerber back in Detroit). It was incredible that within the first 3-5 minutes I could just feel that sweet, calming, wave of peace come over me. Fact.The spirit of Lord calms the troubled heart. A couple highlights/one liners I’d like to share 🙂