The thing about missionary work is that you need to be creative and follow the Spirit. We are teaching a family, José Mauro, Rosângela, and their three kids, and are seeing some great progress. Rosângela has been going to church quite a bit, but we're trying to help José get a little bit more involved and committed. He started to read in the Book of Mormon and was understanding well, but we were having a hard time getting him to pray.
Yesterday night we went to visit them and we had a really good lesson to help José understand why we always invited him to pray. He ended up giving all the same excuses and thought that he could get us to pray if he just resisted enough. He thought he had us when I said to him, "Well, José, me, Elder Souza, and Rosângela have already said a lot of prayers here, and it's your turn. I guess if you don't want to say the prayer, we're just gonna have to leave without saying one with you guys tonight." Elder Souza caught my drift and started to put his things in his bag. We grabbed our bags, shook their hands and started making our way out the door. He said to us, "Wait, you can't do that, we have to end with a prayer." He had gotten so used to having a prayers that it seemed unnatural if we didn't say one. We were just stepping out of the front door when he said, "Alright all say the prayer." Gotcha! He said a great prayer and in the future I'm sure he'll say many more.
We've been having to deal with some troubles with some of the companionships in our zone. It's been a little bit rough. I had to call out a missionary that lives in our house for being disobedient and since then he has been doing everything possible to avoid me. I think it's the first time in my life that I've been the victim of a shun. It's kind of weird, because some days it's funny the lengths that he'll go to to avoid me and other days I just feel bad because he's ended up isolating himself from everyone else. I can tell that he's not happy, but I'm not really sure if I can do anything since he doesn't want anything to do with me or my companion. Only time will tell.
It's super hot here and I think it's only going to get worse. This week was 110 degrees, and we're just starting up Spring. I may come home looking like one of Dad's dehydrated peppers. But some chilly Utah weather will do me some good.
Well, I love you all a bunch,
Elder Jack Vawdrey