Monday, January 26, 2015

Twelve Days of Traasdahl 2

Oi, tudo bem?
 
Nao me falo portugues.
 
Here in the Portuguese-town of Ironbound, Newark, New Jersey, United States, we learn Portuguese.  We taught a family of Brazilians and a Mozambique-Portuguese family, we teach English class, we host family home evening, among other things.  And we eat Brazilian food.
 
Ooh!  A couple of nights ago, we heard sirens as we were planning.  Not the usual amount of sirens, but more than usual.  And we saw through the window a police chopper in the night sky.  So we peeked and witnessed a fire about 7 stories high and a block away from our apartment.  We booked it outside and toward the fire.  It was actually boring, so we went back inside and went to bed.
 
There was a passing-away of a relative of one of our Liberian members.  It has been difficult to see her depressed.  It saddened Elder Schrader and I to realize that she did not have a solid testimony of God's plan of salvation for his children.  Through tears, she said, "I will never see her again!"  We brought to her attention Luke 4:16-21; 1 Peter 3:19-20, 4:6; John 5:25; and Alma 40:11-12.  The Spirit was present to teach her that she will indeed see her daughter again.  I now recognize more strongly the hope that the Restoration of the Plan of Salvation brings to the inhabitants of the earth.
 
On a good note, Samantha from my last area was confirmed yesterday!
 
It is raining super hard in New Jersey.  To send relief, please write a letter to:
 
Elder deJesus
84 Union St apt C4
Newark, NJ 07105
 
Muito obrigado.  Pao de queijo.  Ya tu sabe, pico de gallo.
 
Love,
Elder deJesus

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