Larissa was baptized yesterday (January 25, 2015)
January 21, 2015
So this week was transfers and drum-roll........the obvious. I'm staying here in Mossoró with Sister Cunha, which I am eternally grateful for! I think I'm kinda getting the hang of things here finally.
This last week we worked super hard and we had 3 BAPTISMS!! Myllenna, Paulinho, and Max Emiliano. Paulinho is best friends with Mateus that we baptized a couple weeks ago and now both go to church together, go to mutual together, everything! Be still my heart!! Myllenna is hands down the cutest human being on the face of the earth and she was so nervous, but everything went so well. And we found Max´s family this week and a couple of his siblings were already baptized and we are helping his parents and sister and her boyfriend become legally married! It's so amazing how everything just falls into place and I've never felt so much joy for people I only just met! Because I was so happy I was b e a m i n g last Sunday being with all of them:) Sundays are seriously the most stressful/rewarding/happy/crazy days of the week and I love them. I love the people here.
And like always in other news, it's still 100+ degrees every.single.day. here and it's great...yep.
Also, since Mossoró is having a drought or something, some days we have water, some days we don't. So I'm really good at showering with a bucket and cup now:)
Love you still. And love the gospel:)
1. Us, Myllenna, all the Young Women in our ward, and a couple of our investigators!!
January 12, 2015
This week was great. Really and totally just great.
So I have a story. My first week here Sister Cunha and I kept trying to visit this guy Sansão that I'd never met and had received all the lessons, but he was never home when we stopped by. We eventually stopped going over there. BUT Friday we were walking in the favela tracting and Sister Cunha, really excited, starts talking to this man and I finally ask his name. SANSÂO! Then right there on the spot we go over the baptismal questions, tell him that he has an interview the next day and, bam. We had a baptism yesterday. It was so great. And during the baptismal service I was thinking about how fast this all had happened and how I was having a hard time adjusting to the rate of the work that we do here, but I think I've finally figured out a good comparison. So you know how in the Book of Mormon it talks about Alma preaching the gospel and how all these people accepted and like 3,000 people are baptized in one day? It's like that exactly here. All these people are so prepared for the gospel and more than that, they are ready to act on their faith. I love it.
In other news it's been raining in Mossoró which...doesn't happen. So make sure you close your doors so no frogs come in!
Well I want you to know again this week that love each and every one of you. I hope you have lovely week:)
January 5, 2015
Como vocês estão? This week was-hallelujah-more normal than the weeks previous. That's not saying much because we had zone conference and new years and this and that....
Anyway, we finally had the baptism of Ivete this week along with Mateus who is 14 and crazy tall! It was the best day of this week:) Imagine the Spirit that was there as a 95 year old woman was baptized by her grandson and then the non member family of Mateus waited there afterward to hug her. I can't even describe just how happy the whole thing was!
I've been studying about charity lately. Charity is the pure love of Christ and it's seriously one of the only things that gets me through the days here because now matter how little of the language you know (I've come a long way with port. though..) everyone understands charity and love. And my companion, the members in our ward, and investigators show it. So I'm grateful for that.
Love you all and I'm sending more photos today!