Elder Cooper Siebers has been called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He will serve for 24 months in the Brazil, Rio de Janeiro mission. He enters the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center on 10 July 2013.

Monday, February 17, 2014

32. Madureira, Rio de Janeiro

17 February 2014

This week was highlighted by two days in particular.
On Wednesday, our entire zone headed to Releango to help some Elders in our zone find some people to teach. We held an open house and each pair of missionaries was assigned neighboring streets to contact people. We contacted our assigned street but NO ONE came. We switched strategies and we all started contacting the people just walking by the church. We all switched companions for a bit and we had amazing success. In just 30 minutes our so Elder St and I brought three people off the street into the chapel. We gave them a quick tour and then brought them to the filled baptismal font. There we talked a bit about baptism and invited them to be baptized. Out of the three, two accepted to be baptized and one of them lives in Elder St's area. So yeah that was way cool!

Now I´ll give a full account of Sunday, the ups and the downs, the stresses and the miracles.
I woke up to a comforting cloudy sky Sunday morning. YES! The temperature was relatively cool and it was drizzil-ing nicely. We headed off to church and when we got there, just 20 minutes before it was supposed to start, no one was there. We prepped the classrooms and such and 9:00 passed by and still no one. We waited around until people started showing up at 9:40. Yep... no one told the missionaries it was Daylight Savings. 

Dang!  We could have slept for another hour!

We kicked things off with our Elders Quorum. This week we actually had a Quorum of three plus the missionaries and the Stake Rep. (L) We evaluated the Quorum attendance again, and L gave us some more training. 

Then it was time for Gospel Principles. We have been discussing how we can have more lessons with members this week and we made a sheet to know which days and times members could meet with us. We were trying to talk with as many members as we could during the interval before the teacher, hunted us down and told us to get to class. She´s kinda strict on getting the class started on time and with everyone present. This week it was us, J+T, I and L. 

Sacrament Meeting was swell.  The attendance last week was 61 and this week was 82!   J+T have two kids, a girl and a boy who are 5 and 4.  Like most children they can be a little rowdy and distracting for the parents, so I decided to take them off J+Ts hands so they could really pay attention during Sacrament Meeting. We drew and colored all over our Progress Record, and had a swell time, and I think T+J got a lot out of the meeting.

During Sacrament, none other that U walked in, the husband of our Relief Society President who has been inactive for some time now. We visited him this week just to invite him to church, which we've done a lot. Elder M asked him why he isn't coming to church and he said he will when Jesus returns. That's a bold statement. We are going to talk to him later this week, but maybe he did some major soul searching after making a statement as such.

Afterwards we franctic-ly put together our baptism for I. She was a bit shy. but it all went swell.
Elder M, Isabelle and Elder Siebers
[Cooper told us to look at his bare feet to see just how tan his face has become.  Hilarious!]

Love you all!
Elder Siebs

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