It was a pretty interesting week. We are now working with about three couples that need to get married, which is something I have yet to do on the mission so this should be pretty fun. We've got a few of them to already commit to marriage, but crossing that bridge was a bit rough. I had to transform from Elder Johnson, missionary of the Lord, to Elder Johnson, missionary of the Lord and relationship advisor. I've had to calm some feelings between some couples and get them to fully trust each other. Because of my lack of relationship skills (I'm so lonely) this has proven to be a rather interesting experience. It's been filled with lots of talks like this: "I know your relationship has been rocky in the past, but with marriage it can bring many blessings to your life... Civilly marrying is a way we show trust in one another... Forgiveness and Repentance are essential in any relationship... A family centered on Christ is a family that will be together for time and all eternity... João, tell her you love her." It's been rather fun, and we've been having to get lots of legal information to get people married. It's going to take a while to get some of these people married because of complex legal situations that I really don't understand, but it's been lots of fun.
The enemy is at work here. We had like 8 people committed to go to church and none of them went. This isn't an unusual thing, but their excuses were extraordinary this time. They're usually, "Oh I went to my cousins house... I have to prepare lunch...” or some other lame excuse. Yesterday, however, we got many great ones, such as: “I have two weddings in one day… Family members with cancer who are visiting for the last time… Ridiculous work schedules… and hospitalized children” (she even had the wounds to prove it.) Alas, righteousness will prevail!
I touched one the monkeys the other day. Highlight of my life.
We had divisions with the zone leaders the other day and it went rather swell. He showed me a lot about working with members and all that funness. It really helped a lot and I'm filled with many ideas.
That really is about it for this week. Nothing too exciting has happened, but we're working pretty well. No Dad they don't have Brazilian Thanksgiving down here, we're already singing Christmas songs in sacrament meeting.
Well I'm going to go preach the good word, until next week.