Monday, June 16, 2014

HAPPY FATHERS DAY DAD!!!!!! I know it was yesterday, but I hope it was a good one! I also just wanted to thank you for everything you do for our family. I really couldn't ask for a better dad. I love you so much and I can't wait to be able to tell you that in person. Thank you for your testimony and for helping all of us gain our own. I am pretty sure I speak for all of us when I say that you had a big part in helping each of us gain our own testimonies. 
This week we found Sebastião. He is the sweetest man. He has so much faith in God, and it truly humble. He is stuck in a wheel chair because he doesnt have a right foot. After he showed us his foot, he went on and told about how much the Lord has blessed him and how him not having a foot, is nothing. That made us super happy. (Because so many people don't recognize the blessings that they already have!) He also has studied (Not sure if in depth) many religions. Including ours at one point. He has a Book of Mormon antigo! Ha. It was funny to see the difference in the font and pictures. We taught him the first lesson so far. And it went so well! We focused on asking lots of questions. Irmã asked a question mesmo inspired. She asked him "Quem deu os apostolos autoridade? -Ele repondeu, "Cristo." Depois ela perguntou, "E quem deu os homens quem criarem as igrejas autoridade?" - Ele pensou.... "Homens..." Translation; "Who gave the apostles authority? - He said, "Christ" After she asked, "And who gave authority to the men who created churches?" - He pondered.... "Men..." #Click! The spirit was so strong and he made the connection "for himself!" We are now focusing on teaching by asking questions. It truly helps the investigator understand what we are saying, and it makes it so we aren't talking and talking and they lose focus. Questions are key to helping our investigators truly understand our message and to help them realize that our message makes complete sense. For even THEY find the answer BEFORE we tell it to them. It was amazing! Kinita stopped smoking! She knows that the reason is because she has been reading in the Book of Mormon. But we are struggling trying to get her to church. She has depression, and recently has been getting headaches. She says that she needs to sleep and that she can't wake up early. We told her that the blessings she is receiving IS because she is reading, and gaining a testimony, however, that the blessings won't prolong for a lot longer if she doesn't continue to put her faith in practice, and go to church to sanctify the Sabbath day. For it is a commandment, and she is not keeping it. She still said that it was at a bad time.... So we will keep trying! Other than that we are in the state of finding new investigators! Anyways, stay strong! And happy! I love you all so much! Sometimes I feel like my heart will explode out of how much love I have for you all! Till next week.
Love Always,
Sister Amanda Stokes

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