Hey there, family! How´s life back in the States?
This has been a pretty crazy week. Like I said in my last E-mail, I went to Goiânia on Monday and had to go back on Thursday too. I do already have my visa, but I was there to pick up a piece of paper that would be my ID while I´m here in Brazil. Most of this week was spent in the bus or waiting at the Federal Police station in Goiânia, but I did get to work a little! Yesterday Elder O. and I taught a lesson about prayer to two new investigators. These two are super solid investigators, they´re coming to church and to all of the activities too. They´re also keeping all of their commitments like reading scriptures and praying about what we teach them to learn from God if it is true. Missionary work gets so much more exciting when you start to get people coming to church. Seeing your investigators there just absolutely makes your day. Its also fun being able to see people that I´ve found on the street start taking the lessons, coming to church, and on the road to baptism. There´s a joy to be found in this work that´s unlike anything else I´ve ever experienced; it´s life-changing.
Before I left on my mission someone asked me how, in a foreign country where people are usually much poorer than they are in the US, I would go about trying to tell people that they need Jesus. I can´t remember exactly how I responded, but even with just the little time that I´ve had here on my mission I´ve learned how to answer that question in a much more meaningful way. Yes, it is difficult in some way to go up to people who, in some cases, may not even know if they will have food the next day and tell them that I have a message for them that is worth their time. It could be better spent, one might think, procuring food or working for some wage. This brings to mind an event that is recorded in the New Testament. Jesus was at a well at the same time as a certain Samaritan woman. He asked her to fetch him water. She was somewhat surprised that a Jewish man would even talk to her, a Samaritan, let alone ask for a favor. She responded ´´How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.´´He said to her ´´If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.´´ Her response has intrigued me for some time. She said ´´Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?´´ I love the imagery there. ´´Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.´´ In life we have need of water to sustain the lives of our physical bodies. Likewise, living water is a need of our spiritual bodies if we are to have eternal life with God. The well, however, is deep, and we have nothing with which to draw the water that we so desperately need. As Jesus himself said, we must drink of the water that He gives us. He descended below us all,
I love you all a ton! Have a wonderful week, tons of smiles, and great new memories! Talk to you all next week!
Elder Logan Sweet