Bom dia! September 16, 2013
What a crazy week! I can’t believe that Scott is now in the MTC. He's going to love it. I never went to the Provo MTC but I hear that its great and really spiritual. If you can forward me Scott's emails that would be great. I don’t know what day he has p-day but I would love to see how he's doing. Oh and tell Annie that I love her and that she's still my best friend. I love you Annie!
This week was crazy. First, the missionary work is going really well. We had 30 baptisms in the mission just this week. It was the best week that we have had since President Monteiro got here. We did exchanges with 3 different areas this week to help them with their investigators. I love being an assistant. I get to go all over the mission and help everyone baptize. It’s the best. But the craziest day of the week was Saturday. We woke up really early and went to Ponta Grossa with President and his family. We got there and gave a really good training. The missionaries left and we went with President and his wife to eat lunch. While we were eating lunch we got a call from one of the sisters. She was crying and just pleading for us to come and help her. Her companion had passed out in the bus station and wasn’t breathing. So we got in the car and drove there as fast as we could. When we got there, the sister was sitting on the ground crying and having a really hard time breathing. Sister Monteiro almost went into shock and started yelling for help. That’s when I had a really strong feeling to give the sister a blessing. My companion was on the phone with the mission doctor and President was still in the car so I just knelt down alone and gave her a blessing. I started in portuguese but I had the strongest feeling to just do it in english. So I did and the words just flowed out of my mouth. The minute that I finished the blessing, Sister Monteiro got really calm and remembered that she had some medicine in her purse. She grabbed it and gave it to the sister and it saved her life. We picked her up and ran her to the car and flew to the hospital. By the time we got to the hospital, she was breathing and talking again. We took her in to the room and the doctor talked to her for a while. She is an american and hasn’t been on the mission for very long so I had to go in with them to translate. The doctor gave her an IV and then some other shots. But she got a lot better and she is with Sister Monteiro now. They said that she had a food allergy but they will do some tests this week to make sure that everything is ok.
It was a crazy day and we didn’t get home till really late. But one thing the really hit me was after all of this had happened. When we were driving home, I was sitting next to the sister and Sister Monteiro asked why I gave the blessing in english in the bus station. I said that I didn’t know and then the sister said this, "I know why he said it in english. I was praying that someone would say something to calm me down so that I would be able to breathe. If he would have said it in Portuguese I wouldn’t have understood anything and I would have gotten even more nervous. The Lord inspired him to say it in english." I hadn’t thought much about that until that moment. But it really was a miracle. I havent given a blessing in english since the MTC. But the words just came out of my mouth like normal. I know that the Lord helped me to do that. My testimony of the Priesthood has grown so much this week.
So, that was the miracle that I saw this week. I know that this work is a work of miracles and that there are miracles all around us. I know that I am here for a reason and that this is the work of the Lord.
About my hip, I was going to do an exam this week but it didn’t work out. Twice. Both times we got there and they would accept my health card. I don’t know why this isn’t working out but i will go back tomorrow morning to do the exam and tomorrow afternoon I will go back to the hospital to find out what is wrong. Please keep me in your prayers so that this can all work out and I can get this out of my head.
I love you all and I am so grateful for your support and love. Tell Scotty that I love him and that he is going to be one heck of a missionary. I love you!