Hello all! What a wonderful week it has been. To start off,
today is my 5 month anniversary woo! It's weird how time is going by now. I am
loving my mission and know that this was a part of my life's plan. I am so glad
that I got my packages last week because the day afterwards, the postal system
went on strike! But all is well now. In the same week we had a water outage for
2 days because of all the construction in the area. What a week! It also
rained every single day this past week except for Saturday which was perfect
because we finally had Keise's baptism! She had gotten sick last week which is
why she didn't show but all is well and it was a beautiful baptism and a beautiful
|Me and Sister
Happy 5 months on the mission!
|Keise's Baptism and neighbors that helped |
make it happen -
Debora, Robson, and baby Yasmin
She is so strong in the gospel already and an example to me. She has been taught for a year now and finally decided to make covenants and take the first steps to returning back to our Heavenly Father, through baptism! It was great. Also, this past Tuesday started the 100 day count down to Christmas! That means I get to Skype my family soon! We thought it would be fun to count down to that. And then today, the greatest thing of all, Sister Meireles and I went to the São Paulo Temple with our zone and a few other zones. In total there were about 50 missionaries there and it was amazing. It has been so long I was craving a day at the temple and it finally came. It was perfect. It rained today too but we were all so happy to just be in the Lord's house it didn't matter what the weather was like. I was full of peace and joy and love sitting there looking around and feeling the power in the room full of missionaries. We met a returned sister missionary at the temple who just got home yesterday. She was so sad and missed her mission like crazy she couldn't stop crying as she was talking to all of us. She told us to not waste a minute of our missions because it goes by fast and to just enjoy it and work hard.
She was glowing though,
through the tears, and I could see that her mission really changed her. It
changed her outlook on life, how she treats people, and most importantly her
relationship with God. I was thinking about my own relationship with my
Father in Heaven today and throughout this whole week and it's interesting
to think about. It is so important to submit to his will. He knows all things
and I am grateful for the trials I've had in my life because I've learned
and grown from them. It's not easy, but I was thinking about how we need to
accept any trials that come our way because He knows that we can handle it and
challenge is a test of our own Faith. Also, it is importante to change and
grow always. I heard a quote from a friend before my mission and it has become
so true during my time here. "There is no growth in the comfort zone and
there is no comfort in the growing zone." I love it and it's true for all
of us! I love you all and love this gospel. I know that this church is true and
am so grateful that I get to continue to be part of this work.
|Sister Hargrove, Sister Marino, |
Sister Meireles and me
Monday, September 30, 2013
|Family Home Evening with the Dantas Family|
Second incident, we were teaching another lesson about Joseph Smith and the Restoration and The Book of Mormon. It was a couple with a young daughter...who was potty training...Everyone was engaged, they were asking questions, it was great and bam!! The toddler wets her pants and a nice puddle forms under her haha I tried so hard not to laugh. It was hard for everyone to regain focus again because 2 seconds later she got a drink of water in a glass cup and dropped it. It shattered everywhere. And so we closed quickly after that. Just some funny examples of normal things that happen on the mission.
On a different note, this week has been really hard for Sister Meireles. This whole transfer she has been feeling weak and dizzy but she said it was normal for her so we kept working. Well this week it got really bad and she couldn't work very much so we were told to go to the hospital to get it checked out. She has a history of diabetes in her family and so we went first on Wednesday and then again on Thursday to get blood work done, again on Friday and then we spent all morning today (Monday) there to do more blood tests. Poor girl. I wouldn't be able to do all that without my mom but she was a champ. No results yet, but I'm playing nurse to make sure she doesn't pass out. Stay tuned and keep her in your prayers that she will get an answer of what is wrong.
|6 of us missionaries and 5 of our students (the fluent ones)|
Last funny thing of the week. We were eating lunch at a member's home as usual and there was a pot full of what I thought was chicken. So I went to get a piece and instead got a nice chicken foot. I almost screamed because it just surprised me and then everyone had a good laugh about it. I don't like chicken feet and no I did not eat one. Transfer calls are on Sunday! I'm excited and hopeful for a change. I'll update you all next week. Love you all and enjoy General Conference! For all of my friends and family who don't know about conference, you can watch it live Saturday and Sunday at http://www.lds.org/?lang=eng and find out! :)
"so much for the short blog. Oh well. enjoy!"
There were horses just hangin' out in the park Saturday night...random