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, May 12, 2014

44. Madureira, Rio de Janeiro

12 May 2014

Hey Everyone, 

It was just one more week here in Madureira, and although I'm really tired, fighting of a cold and now on medication for stomach worms, the work goes on. This week was a bit difficult for me, but talking to my family on Mother´s Day helped me pull through. 

This photo came with the caption "sleeping".

We had some interesting experiences this week with our contacts. We talked to a woman who basically laid out her whole life for us and her current family situation. She said she has been praying for a long time to find an answer to help her family with their problems and she thinks us talking to her in the street may be the answer. We are going there tonight.

Also we always have daily experiences with homeless people, but one this week  was unique in particular. We met a man named E  who left his family to begin his life. Shortly after he found himself unemployed, poor and nowhere to go. He told us that his dad is a wealthy man, but he has too much pride to go back to his father and ask for help. Instead he sleeps on a park bench every night and is trying to get back on his feet. He doesn't "live" in our area so we left him with the message to return to his Father and conquer his pride. Talk about prodigal son. 

We also taught J's mom this week. And she loved the feeling of the church so much that she was already planning on returning, except she couldn't this week because she went to visit her mom for Mothers Day. We are really excited to teach her and I'm already sure shes going to be baptized soon.

Other than that things are good here. I love Mondays because we play games, ping pong or soccer, and its a nice relaxer for the upcoming week. 

Elder Siebs

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