So it sounds like you got a little taste of the Caribbean, huh? I doubt it was as good as LIVING there for 2 years!! You might have had a lot of fun on ziplines and seeing cool ruins, but I could show you all the best bokit stands in Guadeloupe, all the famous homeless people in Martinique, and the funniest drunk Brazilians in all of French Guiana. So you're cruise wasn't really "all-inclusive"--they missed some stuff.
He came to church on Sunday! He's great! We've come to realize that he is very bad at just saying no, so we're making sure that he really is saying yes to us for the right reasons. And we are also going to have to teach him how to say no say that he can say NO to his boss when he is asked to fix cars on Sundays and say NO to his old church.
Elder Belnap with John
Sadly, we were only able to see her once this last week for a family home evening. And she didn't come to church on Sunday (and neither did Jenny or Jefferson) because she was at a party the night before. Then, we went and tried to see her on Sunday to talk to her with seriousness, but she felt ashamed to talk with us because she had some friends over and they were drinking. Jenny and Jefferson are struggling to become strong members of the church because their only parent in the home is breaking the commandments of God on a daily basis. Please pray for her so that she can really become a better example for her children and support them in their choices.
A new Brazilian investigator that we received from a member as a referral! She is awesome! She kept her commitment after the first lesson and read 2 Nephi 31 not only one time, but twice! And she loved it! We talked to her in the second lesson about baptism and how she needs to be baptized to become clean before God. She's awesome! We're going back this Tuesday to teach her the full message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm pumped!
This last week was really good. Elder Belnap and I had a lot of fun and worked really hard and were able to get a lot of new and potential investigators. Elder Belnap is a stud and is great at talking to everyone and being bold with them. It's so much fun to work with him because he's such a good back-getter and co-fighter in the battle against evil. Plus, he makes me laugh more than most people can. He's definitely a lifelong friend.
I love you all! Have a great week!