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.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

45. Madureira, Rio de Janeiro

19 May 2014

Well, this week FLEW bye. This week President Lima made a mission wide goal for every pair of missionaries to do their 210 contacts. This hasn't been too much of a problem for me, but this week was looking to be a bit more complicated than many others. On Tuesday, I finally woke up feeling better, from both my flu and potential stomach worms which should be dead by now, and I was ready to work 100% again, but my comp caught it and he was absolutely dying. He´s no quitter and I asked him if he could at least walk with me through the day and I would get all the contacts done. Thursday we had a training meeting for trainers and their trainees which took away an entire day for us. We ended up waking up Sunday morning with 66 more contacts to do. Sundays are rough here, NO ONE is  on the street, and if they are, they are partying and most likely tipsy. We had to fulfill the goal so we spent 3-8pm walking in the streets until we got them all done. It was hard work, but we made it.

Besides this we continued to teach L this week. We taught her four times, which is a dream for missionaries. I hate leaving a lot of time between visits because it makes the progression slow or non existent. She's progressing really well, and we have taught the basics so far. She smokes and drinks so the Word of Wisdom will be a crucial point for us this week. I know she will overcome though. 

We also ran into M one day on the street and she dropped some bad news.. We passes by that night to get a feel for what was going on, and we promised so come back the next night. We really needed some time to put a gameplan together. The next night came by too quickly and we still didn't have anything specific that we wanted to share. All that was coming to me was encouraging her to come to church on Sunday. The impression was so strong so all we focused on was teaching to their needs, and then doing our best to try and get them to church. We encouraged them both to pray if they should go the following day and left them with a promise that if they went they would recieve answers as to what they should do.  Sunday morning came quickly and they both decided to "leave it for the next time" 

Sure enough, the closing talk on Sunday was a KILLER talk from a Sister whose husband is not a member, and how they were on the brink of separating when she made drastic changes in her life and the outlook that saved her marriage. There were so many points where Elder J.S and I just looked at each other in disbelief that M and F weren't there to hear the words they so desperately need. 

On the bright side we talked with that sister afterwards  and if all goes well, we are going to teach them this Thursday. Wish us luck!

Well that's all I got for this week, we had so many funny experiences this week with people on the street, that I will always remember, but I'll leave those stories for another time. Today we are having a zone activity. we all are contributing food for a barbeque and we are gonna play football and risk. (I bought the brazilian version of risk :D )

I love all you guys so much! Have a good week!

Elder siebers

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