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.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

58. Itaborai, Rio de Janeiro

18 August 2014

Another week flies by, and we sure had a good one. We really worked hard this week to find new people to teach because our teaching group was leading to much disappointment. Some of our best investigators have fallen through this week. J doesn't believe in tithing and doesn't believe that the leaders of the church don't receive any of that money for themselves. We taught her the comandment of tithing, the need to make sacrifices in this life and that not one cent of sacred tithing goes to the leaders of the church. The churches here in Brazil are really corrupt with tithing and the people find it hard to believe that tithing is actually used the way it should be. 

S has been advised by her family members that the missionaries of the church are anti christs. We had an intense lesson with her, covering the restoration and the purpose of the Book of Mormon in our conversion, and the need to pray and receive and answer from God to know if the message is true. 

To sum it up, we really needed to find some new people this week. We chose a road and started knocking doors. We were recieved really well and we found a bunch of new people to teach this week. Several which accepted to prepare themselves for the 13th of September to be baptized! We are going to have to work really hard these next few weeks to help these people recognize the promptings of the Spirit while they read and pray.

We had a great week and we hope it will only get better. 

Next Monday will be transfers, President Cabral has switched all transfers to be on Mondays now, so if I get transferred, I could be emailing late on Monday and possibly even Tuesday. 

I really do love all you guys so much. I'm doing well, healthy, and the weather is perfect these days so I can't complain too much. We are working really hard, and I'm exhausted. But this is the best thing I have ever done in my life. 

Elder Siebers

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