So pretty long and tiring week this week. But hopefully we can get some baptisms this next Sunday. We are working like crazy, haha. We have 10-year-old Rafaela, She loves the church and always goes with her 16 year old brother who is a member. She wants to be baptized but her mom, who is inactive, says it is too early. This week we will visit her mom with the bishop and see what we can do. We also have Tiago who is 19, and Gracilene who is 17. They really like the church, but keep hearing all sorts of bad things about the church that is making things difficult. Stuff like we bury bodies in the parking lot, and all sorts of crazy things. It is sad how many misconceptions people have. This area reminds me of how it must have been in New York when Joseph Smith was 14. From the front of our church you can see 3 others, and in 5 minutes walking, probably 10 churches. And there is tons of bashing on other churches here. I have already talked with people that don´t want to participate in religion because they have seen pastors fighting in the streets. But we are here to put a stop to this madness. haha.
Saturday we did a service project at the bishops, we destroyed a concrete wall and built a new one. I am still pretty sore because it lasted a long time but it was good to help. We are getting lots of service projects to do now.
So something strange happened yesterday. I felt something in my hair and went to brush it out and felt a sting on my neck. It was a bee! First time being stung since I was a toddler. Poor guy had probably never seen a red head before and through it was a huge flower. haha
That’s exciting you guys saw Wendell and his family! I remember them when we were little. Tell them hi for me!
Taylor Howell is going to Russia! Tell him congrats for me!
So this week I was studying the Book of Mormon and Alma 41 really caught my attention. Basically the plan of salvation is the plan of happiness because everyone gets what they want. The people who love sin and the worldly things, will get sins and worldly things. Those who refuse to accept the gospel, but think heaven will be a place to live forever playing a harp for Jesus will be able to do this. And we know there is more to it. If we desire to be close to God, and love him with all of our might, mind, and strength, we will live with him and have the opportunity to become like him. What a wonderful and perfect plan!
I love you all and thank you all! Hope everything is great back home!
Love, Elder Connor Ottosen