Or STRONG-end, as my seminary teacher Brother Grimes taught me, because everything, as is to be expected here in Brazil is awesome, and the week is finishing STRONG!
THIS PAST WEEK WAS AWESOME SERIOUSLY BECAUSE THERE WAS A WEDDING, WHICH MEANS THIS CURRENT WEEK WILL BE AWESOME TOO, because it is going to be Tiago, and Rillary, and Leonardoś baptism! Pray with us that everything will go well with all 3 of them! I’m sending home a few pictures. :)))
This week was full of miracles. We thought that we wouldn’t be able to keep teaching Leonardo, but turns out his plans fell through and so he is staying here where we can keep teaching him, and he can keep coming to church, and be baptized this week! And Tiago, at his wedding, gave a little speech about how now, after being married, they are living correctly in the sight of the lord, and how happy he is that they are doing the right thing. I am so so so happy for him and the blessings of the gospel in his life.
We found some new super neat investigators, and the time is FLYING by. I just am not ready for that. I’m also sending home a picture of Edilson, with a “future missionary” wrist band that Elder Jones gave him. He never takes it off. This weekend he is going to a tour of the MTC in Sao Paulo. He is going with President Vagner (the branch president) and they are also going to the baptistry there in the temple to do baptisms for the dead, and hasn’t even been 2 months since Eldilson got baptized! He’s so awesome, and would be baptizing someone this Saturday if he didn’t already have this trip planned. This week he helped the sisters in the other area here in Penapolis with one of their investigators and went by his house for them to ride their bikes to church together and it was awesome because it totally worked. he is awesome! Buuuut yep, can’t you see that everything is awesome here for us now in Brazil?!
I am so happy and so so grateful that I wasn’t transferred from Penapolis. It was so neat to be at Tiago and Andreias wedding. We went to the Cartório (city hall for weddings) with them in the morning, where they were legally married, and at night they had a huge party at church. Many of their family and friends came, and there were a few that sought out president Vagner after to ask for help, to stop drinking, or with other things in their life. So we are going to go visit them this week.
It’s so neat to know how the gospel is such a huge blessing, and that because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, it has power to really change our lives and bless them so much. I am so grateful for my mission and for everything, and I want to be even more grateful, because being grateful is what brings real joy, and focusing on others instead of myself- looking outwards instead of inwards.
The last weekend of this transfer will be general conference, which means I will have passed 1 general conference in each of my 3 areas. It’s weird that I’ve only have 3 areas, and 6 companions, right? But we are doing great here, and I could stay here for the rest of my mission and it would be awesome.
As for a few things from this week to make you giggle, we met someone named Hello (okay actualy Helô, as in Heloise, but it is pronounced like hello in english). We marked with her to come back 15 hours later, at 10:30 am. And so when we returned, were there at her door clapping our hands and screaming “Hello! Hello? hello?!?!?!” and we were laughing so much and it was awesome. So even though she wasn’t there (and we were saying hello to a closed door) we got a kick out of that one😊.
Also, we are teaching a woman who was Jehovah’s witness for 7 years but isn’t anymore and has desire to investigate the church. We are doing what we can to help her come to church.
Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way. What does he ask? Live like his son!
Love you guys buckets and buckets,