Boa tarde everyone!
So this morning we had a zone activity where we went to a national park and hiked up a mountain. It was way fun! I got a good work out. The view was of course, amazing. There were pine trees!!! I was tempted to go cut one down and take it home for a Christmas tree. The whole mountain was covered in all kinds of plants trees. I have an awesome zone. We discussed which Lord of the Rings movies was the best and what the next Hobbit movie will have in it.
Our investigator Gilica was baptized on Saturday which was really awesome. She brought her boyfriend and were going to start teaching him this week. Anyway, the day after her baptism in church she was called to be the Relief Society president. WHAT. poor girl. She’s only been to church like 3 times hahaha. That’s not too uncommon right now cause our poor ward was just split and we lost a lot of our strong members.
One of Those Awkward Missionaries..
- We had 10 investigators in church this week which was awesome.
- We didn’t have a ton of lessons this week like last week because we had zone conference. But we found 10 new investigators and we now have… maybe over 35 investigators. I don’t know, we have a lot.
- We had a baptism on saturday. His name is Braima and he’s from…. Guine Bissau… I don’t know how to spell that. But he was the one that almost got baptized until he told us he doesn’t believe in God or Christ. So I started from the beginning and taught him about the creation and super basic christian beliefs then worked my way up the normal lessons. It was a LOT of work. I found him like 3 months ago in my first transfer. So that was cool!
When You Pray…
Hey everyone! This week was a very busy week. Our numbers last week were less than awesome so we spent the whole week contacting like crazy trying to find new investigators. We also prayed a lot for new investigators and Heavenly Father didn’t let us down. I actually couldn’t keep track of all the people we were finding to teach. It was insane. We had one guy call us who had taken all the lessons but never got baptized, and said he wanted to get baptized and asked us to talk to him. that never happens… Hes already keeping all the commandments and have been to church a few times.
Conference was awesome! But I didn’t understand most of it haha. The translators were all Brazilian so I had a hard time understanding their accents. When I concentrated really hard I understood it haha.
Training is probably the most stressful thing in the world but the sister I’m training is awesome so its not so bad. The other sisters are saying they think Ill train a new american next transfer so thats a terrifying thought.
Dog and Chicken
So Sister Cruz, my comp, is terrified of dogs. Yesterday as we were walking to conference a dog chasing a chicken ran past us really fast and Sister Cruz started screaming and jumped up on a ledge while desperately “pulling me to safety”. I almost died laughing. I don’t have a picture but I drew you all an idea of the terrifying chicken and dog
Thankfully my new companion, Sister Cruz is super sweet and an awesome teacher. She’s also super beautiful and I look like an ogre next to her hahaha. Today we went to Suca Pira (giant market) and we found a really cool garden behind it where we ate delicious pastries and enjoyed the african greenery.
Yesterday was a crazy yet awesome day. I got to see Leo, Rosemery, Quianna, and Ima all get Baptized. David (my recent convert) spoke at the baptism and Mario (my other recent convert) baptized them. so cool! it often feels like I get nothing done in a day but then suddenly I see how many people have changed just because I showed up to their house and invited them to pray. They all look so happy. When Quianna saw me she ran up and gave me a big hug and told me about her wedding. I’m still bummed I missed it. Rosemery gave an awesome testimony after her baptism where she thanked all of the sisters who helped her through her hard times. We visited Leo’s family that night and he eagerly offered to give the opening prayer where he thanked Heavenly Father for his baptism and for how happy he felt now.
So there you have it. Life is good! Hope youre all doing great too!
Oh man, my house. MY. HOUSE. It is currently filled with flies and cockroaches. Cockroaches I can ignore. They mostly just hide in the dark places and I occasionally have to shoo some off the silverware in the drawers but ya know, that’s whatever. The flies though. Oh the flies. Everytime I turn on the sink a big puff of gnats comes out of the sink, making it very hard to wash my dishes. Plus they always fly in my ear when I’m trying to sleep! What’s up with that! RUDE. We came home one day and the house was filled with giant mutant flies and we spent like an hour running around killing them. Sister Pina killed the ones on the walls with a broom while screaming “VIDA ETERNO!” While I got the flies with a giant flattened box screaming “IS THERE NO ONE ELSE?!” It was intense to say the least.
The Crazy Dogs
So yeah! Life here is good! I love and miss you all!
Transfer week! So believe it or not I’m actually staying in this area. Maybe even for a whole transfer! wouldn’t that be something.
I had a great week! We’re seeing a lot more success in our area and a lot of it has to do with obedience. The other day we wanted to take two investigators to see a baptism. One was 11 years-old and the other an adult. Well, the adult didn’t show up where we were supposed to meet and we were put in an unfortunate situation.
We had this 11 year-old who was super excited to see a baptism but we couldn’t take a taxi with just him and it was too late to walk. We needed an adult because this is a mission rule. We considered just taking the taxi anyway because other missionaries have done it before but we decided to just be obedient and walked the discouraged 11 year-old back to his house. At his house we just so happened to find Brima, the other investigator we were going to go with! We hurried and took a taxi to the baptism that conveniently ran late and they got to see it. Afterwards they both said they wanted to be baptized! Had we not been obedient we wouldn’t have been able to take Brima to the baptism and we would have actually dropped him as an investigator because he wasn’t progressing before. Blessings of obedience!
So anyway life here is awesome and I look forward to doing work in this area this transfer!
Love you all!
Mom Note: I found this beautiful picture of an African child with Christ by Liz Lemon Swindle at Deseret Books and sent it to Lindsay. She loved it.
The latter is horrible… for those of you that have seen Dragonheart I want you to recall the scene where the guy is fighting a dragon and ends up stuck in the dragon’s mouth…but the dragon can’t close his mouth because of the guy’s sword. So the guy is stuck in the dragon’s hot nasty wet mouth for hours.
At the Barber Shop
Hope everyone has a great week! Tchau!