Elder Keller & Elder Phillips in Sao Paulo

Elder Keller & Elder Phillips in Sao Paulo

Monday, January 5, 2015

#19 Jan 5, 2015 Happy New Year!

This week was probably another one of the best weeks of the mission because on new years day we werent allowed to leave again so we got in our nap for the next year until christmas. It was amazing! I think i slept in till like 9 o clock that day and it was the best thing ever. Haha life changes as a missionary!

So we werent allowed to go outside the night of new years eve or on new years day so our week got kind of taken out but we found an interesting family and also had a few fun/scary/probably not so good experiences... On tuesday we were walking past a bar and this couple stopped us randomly and started talking to us so we told them about the church and they invited us to come to their house! That never happens so of course we went later that night even though we found them in a bar haha but we got there and the guys parents were there who is a pastor in one of the 1000 churches here in pato branco. We talked to them about the Book of Mormon and the family was super into it! The pastor ended up leaving cuz he had to go but this family has 2 kids and one of the kids is 16 and totally loved it as well his mom. They invited us to a churrasca (brazilian barbeque) with them on friday so we went back and found they had invited all of their friends and were telling them all about the book of mormon! it was sweet! So of course we think everything is going awesome because we have a bunch of people at this house talking about the book of mormon and then the dad pulls out a huge thing of wine and everyone except the mom and kid start going to town. So it quickly turned into a bunch of drunk people talking about the book of mormon which i guess is better then just drunk people haha but anyways we focused on the mom and kid and taught them a little bit more about the restoration after dinner and by this time it was like 915 and were 30 to 45 minutes on foot away from our apartment.

Thing is earlier that day the now drunk dad said that he would give us a ride home at the end of the night but we werent in the best situation for a ride at that moment. But the wife said she would just take us home with her son and it would all work out. We get in the car and are about to leave when the drunk guy gets in and says hes taking us home! so elder rhoton and i tried to get out but he said no and just takes off... So we ended up driving home with this guy who is blasting through red light and i have no idea how he didnt hit anyone, heavenly father was definitely protecting us! Elder Rhoton and i were just looking at each other the whole time and we thought we were seriously gonna die haha but we arrived home safely and marked for a time to go back so in the end it worked out more or less! haha

But my time is running out so ill be kicked off soon but i love and miss everyone! the church is true and i know that through prayer we can communicate with our heavenly father. Sometimes it just takes a little practice though (: I hope everyone is doing awesome and ill talk to you guys next week!

Sweet storm this week knocked out the power! Using candles to study and cold showers! The best!

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