Letter #86

Dear Family and Friends,

Last Monday, we had two missionaries over, before we all headed for Vitória the next day. And one of them, Elder Lighten, from Utah had found and purchased “Colonizadores de Catan” aka, Settlers of Catan. So our preparation day was spent in a classic duel to colonize Catan.

Tuesday morning early, we all headed for another bus ride to Vitória for our zone conference. Elder Dial and I gave training on “Relationships with the opposite sex.” We stayed the day, and split with the assistants to the Presidents. After briefly setting foot in Colatina, it was off again, this time to Linhares to conduct a baptismal interview.

Easter here is a lot different here in Colatina. I don´t remember anything special about last year, but with a larger Catholic population, it is a holiday very important in Colatina. One tradition that is interesting deals with Saint Lucia. All the kids leave out a bowl filled with grass for her horse, and Saturday at night she stops by and in return for the grass fills the bowl with candy. I don´t think I’ve ever eaten so much chocolate as this week. And barbecue. Not sure how they fit together, but about every single day we’ve had barbecue and chocolate.

On Thursday, as we walked down the street, a construction shop owner called out to us, and we went over. Wilson, received a  bunch of dress pants in payment for a sink or something, and has not had any success in selling them in a neighboring store, so he told us to go over and pick some out, and he would give each of us two pairs. Of course we accepted readily, and I am very thankful for them. And interestingly, the very next day, he sold some for the first time, Thirteen pairs to be exact. #BlessingsforHelpingMissionaries.

In terms of investigators, the progress is slow. That being said, there is progress. Later tonight we´ll have a Family Home Evening with some of them at a member’s house. And more likely than not, it will include barbecue and chocolate.

One of our recent converts has been reading the Book of Mormon consistently and when we visited she said she had not understood 1 Nephi 20, the beginning of the chapters of Isaiah. So we read together, and trying to help her, my understanding was enlarged. In verse 18-19, “O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments- then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea. Thy seed also had been as the sand; the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.” And it should be noted, all the blessings come from, keeping the commandments. We have to follow them, as they truly have been given to bless us and help us have joy.

And in verse 10, in a verse that pierces my mind when I am inclined to complain about some hardship: “For, behold, I have refined thee, I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”  We have trials to turn us into the people God would have us be. They are not easy, but they are necessary.

Love,

Elder Schenewark

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  1. You are certainly being spoiled with barbecue and chocolate. Nothing gets any better than that. I gave up sweets–desserts–during Lent. At your Aunt Jenny’s on Easter, I had some sherbert for dessert. Aunt Becky made carrot cake cupcakes with her cream cheese frosting, your Aunt Rachael made lemon squares, and there were two pies. I never had any of the desserts other than the sherbert–ice cream was offered as well. We had a lovely ham, asparagus, carrots, roasted veggies, scalloped potatoes, green beans, two salads, and corn along with homemade rolls and some nice crusty bread. It was a delightful day. I had gone to my own church and then to Marlboro to hear your Uncle Aaron sing his solo in “He Touched Me”. Such a beautiful piece of music. The adult choir and primary choir was wonderful. From there, we drove to Aunt Jenny’s. I left there about 5:30 and got home at 6:45. It is along ride from Lunenburg to Walpole, but the weather was perfect and I didn’t mind the drive. Mom Mom drove with me from the church to Jenny’s. It was so nice to see everyone and everyone had a nice time. A belated Happy Easter to you. Love, Aunt Shirley

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