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.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

70. Alcantara, Rio de Janeiro

10 November 2014

Hey Everyone, I hope everyone is having a swell day! This week was just insane! We worked a ton, the heat was intense, we had some ups and downs but at the end of the week we had some miracles!
This weeks highlight goes to X. I don't believe that I've mentioned him up to this point. We got to know him a few weeks ago through one of his friends we were teaching. We originally just met him and invited him to church but we frequently ran into him on the street so we began teaching him! He's very intelligent and had already attended various faiths including that of our own. He just wants to be happy but has the thought in his mind that he isn't able to stop some of the things that he loves to do. Well we taught him several times this week sitting in front of the shop where he works, about faith, repentance, the atonement. Saturday night rolled around and we had marked to teach him. His grandmother told us that he left early that morning and hadn't seen or heard from him all day. We made one final attempt to find him around 8:00 pm and encountered his cousin who stalled us just long enough.  He came home with his shirt in hand around 8:20. . We reminded him of church the following morning at 9:00 am, he said he was gonna be there. Sunday morning came around and during Elders quorum [meeting], he entered the room! He actually enjoyed church! He talked about how it's completely different than what he's used to, but he noticed a warm atmosphere and genuinely good people. He told us how he just wants to be happy, and we're striving our best to help him find that happiness and hope. We taught him the Plan of Salvation after church and he was impressed by the doctrine and the overall logic of the plan in accordance with the scriptures. He told us how on Saturday he went his way in to the local Favela to [return to a bad habit] and was threatened at gun point which he said really opened his eyes to the fragility of this life.
Other than that we are teaching another incredible family that all of the kids went to church yesterday minus the mom, but shes working on it. Things should work out that they can be getting baptized here at the end of the month!

Life is awesome, the work is hard, but there's nothing better than helping another on their way!
Elder Siebers

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