Gosh, its hard to believe that it is already November...is time weird or what. This past week had its ups and downs, pretty much like every other week. Let me start out with the good news. So Elder Iglesia and I have found out that we seriously need to clean our house out better becuase we have been waking up with cockroaches squirming around! We have no idea really where they are coming from becuase we did clean out the mess we made from carving watermelons for Halloween and have been throwing out the trash daily and a couple have still appeared. I think we actually did discover their hideout. In our drains and in some little cracks by our doors and in our bathrooms! Eek! We plugged up our drains and I blocked up the cracks with plastic bags and lately we havent had any... So thats some good news!
Anyways besides the roaches before when i was with Elder O. Moura we were working with these two guys named Sueliton and Junior who are two young guys going to college and working who are room mates and we met them at a church party they helped throw for us. They were the Dj´s for the music. It was the party of the regions of Brasil! which had those awesome Lampiâo dancers. Anyways they became really interested in our church so we went over to their apartment to explain more about our church. Long story short we lost contanct with them for some time as we stopped by their apartment many afternoons and they were never there...but recently we got in touch with them again. They work schedule was switched around so the time we were going over there was the time they were working. Well all is good now but now im with a new companion and that was a lil shock to them. They were like ``where is Elder O. Moura!?`` Anyways Sueliton is a strong baptist and as strong belief in his church and doesnt seem as interested as Junior who really shows his interest in asking a lot of questions.
Well so this past week we were planning on throwing an event for the members this past thursday which turned out pretty well to excite the members more about missionary work. It turned out awesome, especially thanks to our DJ buddy Junior who showed up with a smoke machine to add to our little message. We did a treasure hunt that with each clue had steps in our life and at the end the members arrived in a dark room filled with smoke and a prjector showing cool images of space. Before the treasure hunt some specially selectected people were given lolipops which they could either share our keep to themselves. In the final room of mystery...we had one side of the room with chairs in front of the glorious images of space and on the other side was just empty space and darkness....Those who recieved a lollipop got to sit down on the glorious side...those who didnt well...the other side. You starting to see the message...the lolipops were the gospel which needs to be shared to others in order for the others to recieve the truth and happiness it brings...It was really quite somthing...The members really enjoyed it...
Anyways the bad news is that Antonio is drinking and smoking and his family didnt go to church this week...We are going to do a special visit with them as Fatima is really concerned about him...I know that through the simple and essencial steps of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the will and power to stop drinking and smoking will be granted to senhor Antonio...but he needs to humble himself and show the desire to change...We met this one senhora who was really bothering us telling us that our work is not how Jesus Christ would want us to live...sacrificing two years or our lives away from our families...she said that this sacrifice is not of God...We kind of burned her as we used this scripture...Mateus 11:36-39... She became quiet after we read that...I hope we didnt offend her but she was kind of being rude...Anyways I hope you all have a splendid week! I love you all very much. You guys are always in my prayers... Love Elder M. Howell
Elder Iglesia and me!
We are in a sidewalk near a beach here in Manaíra in João Pessoa! It's beautiful too!!!