Monday, April 13, 2015

Even Nephi Had Family Scripture Study

Oi amigos e família,

This week was good.  We went to the house of David/Rose to see how they are, they had a visit so we were a little hesitant to go in, but we went in anyway. Who was visiting? David's sister and her husband, and another friend of Rose!
David's sister Jane is SO COOL, officially one of the coolest women I have ever met. We started messing around with David's guitar, she plays welllll I was super duper impressed.
I started playing Frozen for her little daughter and the daughter started daaancing siiiinging, it was the cutest thing ever I absolutely loved it :) I love playing guitar when it makes people happy <3

And then the moment that brought the hugest smile on my face, I started playing "I Am a Child of God" because David absolutely loves that song, he loves it so much. and he pulled up the words on his iPhone, in ENGLISH. He doesn't speak English but he started singing in English, and Jane started in with him... seeing these people I love so much singing in English was one of the most beautiful things ever :) almost teared up a little.

We talked to David Neto (12 years old) about how he feels about the church, since every time at his house he never sticks around long enough for us to talk to him.. he said that he doesn't know if the Book of Mormon is true because a kid at his school told him that the Nephites/Lamanites couldn't exist because of the Mayans and Aztecs... so we explained to him and he seemed more eased about the thought of the Nephites/Lamanites. But then I asked him if he had any desire to know if the Book and the Church are true, and he just said "No." We're working with him.
It's funny, sometimes I'm just like "ugh, this darn agency thing." baha.

Jefferson and Sandro (inactives for like 15-20 years) CAME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With their mom Eva, non-member. We were absoutely ecstatic when we saw them walkin in the door, and then Jefferson told me in English that he already schedued an interview with the Bishop, he wants to be re-baptized. !!!!!!!!!!!! I was so thrilled, I was too happy about that. <3

Everything is good here... latey I've been missing how clean the US is. :P i miss cleanliness haha Thank goodness for hand sanitizer, right?

I've been pounding through the Book of Mormon in portuguese... I'm a visual person, if I remember where the verse is on a page I can find it, so I figured I'd better learn where everything is in portuguese. I'm finally understanding 100%, it's amazing how the gift of tongues is. <3 
I've been finishing up Nephi. I love his example. Found a little treasure the other day:
 22 Now it came to pass that INephi, did teach my brethren these things; and it came to pass that did read many things to them, which were engraveupon the plates of brassthat they might know concerning the doings of the Lord in othelands, among people of old.
 23 And did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but thamight more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord their Redeemer did read unto them that which was written by the prophet Isaiahfor did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.
I love verse 22 because it says that Nephi taught the scriptures to his family, to his brothers!! And this thought came to my head, EVEN NEPHI HAD FAMIY SCRIPTURE STUDY. Whoa.
And verse 28 has the WHY?!...why do we read the scriptures a\s a family?
1. To more fully persuade [our families] to believe in the Lord their Redeemer
2. For our profit and learning
The prophets wrote the scriptures for US. That we could profit and learn from their mistakes and experiences. How grateful I am for every prophet who was obedient and wise enough to listen to the Lord and record the things that were happening. 
If the prophets of old read scriptures together... shouldn't we do the same?

I love you all, have a fantastic week!!

Muito amor,
Sister Hill <3

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