Translation- “Who Follows the Lord?”
Tiago and Rillary, that’s who!
THIS WEEK WAS SO TOTALLY AWESOME. And let me tell you all about Saturday. The Penápolis branch is literally so cool. Almost everyone came to the baptism on Saturday! The attendance is normally from 55 to 65, and there were 40 people at the baptism! Which is basically everyone. And we could count on 2 hands the people that didn’t show up. Everybody came out to support Tiago and his family, and it was so cool.
Irmã Bette Caldeira made 2 HUGE cakes, one was sweet and the other salty (that doesn’t even make sense) but it was basically a huge sandwich, and everyone wrote them notes for them to keep and read, and the primary sang, and it was seriously so cool. The two recent converts who are priests performed the baptisms, which was sick because I was here to see them two be baptized tooo! Seriously, we are so happy, and I’ve never seen a ward come out so much for a baptism like this one. I am so incredibly happy.
In other news, things are going great, too. We found some awesome new investigators this week, 3 of which were people who came to the wedding last week and talked to the branch president afterwards, searching for help to improve and change their lives.
We are excited to bring people to general conference this weekend. The hardest part of a mission for me is for sure worrying about things that aren’t even important, or being hard on myself. But I am learning and growing a lot, and the more and more I am here, the more I don’t even like thinking that one day the mission will have to come to an end.
We had interviews with President Scholz. He is so cool. I don’t think there is a mission president out there who likes to joke more than President Scholz. He knows what’s important, and lets the other stuff go.
I’m just soaking in all of the blessings……
Today starts my 18th week with Sister Ramos. I learn SO MUCH with her, and she is helping me to improve so much! Other than that, we are still working with Leonardo. On Monday, it was his 37th birthday and he had never had a bday party or bday cake but Irma Bette threw him a party with a surprise cake and he was so happy he cried. So many members came (it was a branch family home evening) and Irmao Antõnio shared a message from the Liahona of this month, where Elder Uchtdorf talked about happiness. I loved the part that said that we find happiness when we are not focused on finding happiness, but on doing other edifying things, like service. Really, when we focus on helping others, we will find that we become happy. And that’s why a mission is so good, because through sharing what that I have, I come to realize how much I really do have. The rest of the family home evening was so much joking and playing around and it was so totally awesome. The first night I was here in Penapolis, we had a FHE at the same place and it was sort of like de ja vu for Sister Germann and I. I can’t believe that I have passed so much time here and also that it’s coming to an end. So I think that’s a wrap.
I wish I could bring you all here to have been at the parties of this week, but one day I’ll share all the videos with you. I take sooo many videos, it would make Grandpa Chapple so proud. 🙂
Have faith have hope, live like his son, help others on their way. What does he ask? Live like his son!
me and Rillary (as Sister Ramos)
division in Morumbi B
sisters de Penapolis nas entrevistas
this is the cake that Irma Bette made and I decorated for her
(r to l) Edilson, Carlos Henrique, Tiago, Rillary, me, S. Ramos, Andréia
What’s a baptism without a selfie???