Okay………… this was like the most humbling week of my mission, okay maybe not my mission but that I’ve had in a long time! :(
This week I remembered that missions are actually hard as, BUT it was a great week to learn right??
SO it was a mixture between hectic heat and the most extreme rain you have ever seen in your life or in your wildest dreams, it rained heaps as!!
Because of the loco weather, our Baptism for Angelica fell through since shes so sick! Poor thing, and I was so devo as well, but I have the biggest hope for this week to come. Hey hey.
Since we are opening our area again, (as we lost half of our area and heaps of our solid investigators) I had a lot of time to think to myself why we spent our days knocking doors? I thought of you Mum, and how you always quote to me that line from the hymn Silent night,
“The thrill of hope”
I know you always said it to me when we were talking about boys, but I applied your wise wisdom into missionary work this week.
The thrill of hope: in finding people to talk to, people to teach and people to BAPTISE.
This week I needed to change the way I thought about working.
I thought about my all converts and the very first time I met them and how you do always get that “thrill” when you have a really good conversation about the Gospel and they tell you that you can come back. I sought to find that feeling as we went finding, all week to have that “Thrill”, that feeling of strong excitement to come back and to teach that person again.
(Faith and) Hope is essential as a missionary. I loved these verses in Ezekiel 36:26-28 <3 <3“ A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
(…) and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
I felt the hand of the Lord this week in giving me that new hope that I needed to really work this week.
Since we pretty much spent our week finding don’t really have lol stories for you all BUT I’ll write some highlights of this week:
- I saw my first snake in Brazil this week, lol! I hid behind Sister Curtis. HAHAH, I'm the worst companion, take her life instead of mine plzz mr snake, we laughed about this after. But we laughed even harder when we realised that the snake WAS DEAD!! ahahhahaha!
-We ALWAYS find at this bus/train station near our house, like everyday, but now the people who work there are heaps good friends with us, and there is this one old mate named João who sells chocolate. We literally see him every night, but he's a crack up because he's just this cute old man with literally ONE tooth and he always gives us free chocolate…. Okay now that I've typed this, it kinda sounds creepy but he's not, he’s the best and we will baptise him.
“....Behold, I am filled of the spirit of God, insomuch that my frame has no strength.”
This is pretty much my current feelings right now, so beautifully said by Nephi.
This was a crazy week with such highs and lows… ^.^
No one was home/answered the door and we called her two numbers like 1.3 thousand times. But she didn’t answer. The worst part is that we still haven’t been able to get a hold of her. I’ve literally broken my own heart over this, BUT I still have the highest hope for her, we’ve had way to many spiritual experiences and she knows that what we are teaching is true, she was always telling us how “light” she feels, she honestly is just so elect, one of Heavenly Father's set apart daughters I swear, but …?
All in his timing.
Elder Alvim is such a good LD, like he’s such a legend, he’s only been a member for two years and has one year already on the mission!!!
So this week sister Curtis and I literally got so ballsy and just started inviting everyone on the street to be baptised! It was so fun, we got into probs more Bible bash’s than we should have, but we also found some SOILD new investigators. <3 <3 AND this one man accepted to be baptised!!!! From a street contact, so now we are teaching him and he knows that we are preparing him for baptism. <3 <3
-a man accepted a baptismal date in the first contact!!!
-I got kissed on the hand twice
-I got asked out for icecream lel
-a man was selling deodorant and I told him that we can’t buy it because it's Sunday, and that it's the day of the Lord… long story short as I was walking off, HE LITERALLY THREW deodorant at me!!! And it splatted all up my leg, hahaha, oh my goodness, I just looked at Sister Curtis.. what even is my life. #damission
Anyways, I now love that jacket (because it's so ugly) and I wear it all the time.
14 March 2016
THEN we did role plays, Ohhh how I have a love/hate relationship with role plays. BUT I loved them at this conference, it was SO HELPFUL, one of them was when people have things that randomly come up for the day of their baptism and how we can save the baptism. SO GOOD. Like when they need to work, or will go on holidays ect. Sister Curtis and I had a role play that this boy had to play soccer. (lol so brazil) that day and he forgot that it was the final ect ect. It was so funny, first time I promised that if he gets baptized that morning he will play soccer the best he’s ever played, hahhaah but it was so in the moment and so fuuny. But President and one of the assistants was there and they loved it, haha…….. but way to make me nervous. But it was just a good activity.
22 March 2016
I had such a weird day on Saturday, like I totally lost my swag, haha, I was so nervous about our baptism interview with Angelica that night, I was doubting hardcore, i.e. in myself that this will actually happen. I taught so average that day and even said a word in ENGLISH in one of our lessons. ^.^ But my lovely companion was perfect, like she had enough faith for the both of us.
After we prayed our guts out I felt a little but better, but still Angelica wasn’t answering the phone.
“but we went it faith” with the Elders to her house for her interview…… for the 3 time… haha and while we were walking the other sisters that we live with called me just to say that everything will be fine, that it will all work out and not to stress. AWWWW OBRIGADA SISTERS <3 (deffs answer to a prayer)
We got to her house and she was HOME and she had her interview.. nearly two hours later she came out with THE BIGGEST SMILE. I literally felt the biggest calming spirit come over me. It all worked out.
ANGELICA WILL BE BAPTISED ON SATURDAY AT 7PM <3 <3 <3 <3
She came to church yesterday and invited people to her baptism and then she came back for this fireside Sunday night aswell.
I still will be praying my guts out this week that all will work out and it will go perfectly for this Saturday.
The rest of my week was THE best, on Thursday Sister Curtis and I were giggling our heads off in our beds in awe about our day, like did that really just happen? A few weeks ago we knocked doors in the rain…. But on Thursday we went to that street and visited everyone that said we could come back. We taught 4 new people that were like GOLDEN, in four houses in a row!!! IT WAS THE COOLEST THING EVER!! By the fourth house we were joking around about how perfect this day was and how we are going to meet another elect and invite him to be baptised…..next minute we are teaching this man who lives at this house named Antonio and it was such a good lesson and HE ACCEPTED baptism.
What da hell mate.
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Blesssingggggggggs. #ÔHGLÓRIA!
I'm not going to lie though, Sunday will be SO much nicer when I get back, and when I can actually focus on the sacrament and Jesus Cristo and not be freaking about investigators and whispering to members to talk to them. Ahh one day <3 haha will be nice.
OH but because we are working in two wards this means we have more people who can come out and teach with us! It’s the best, we have two RM's from this other ward that taught with us this week, it was so good, I love hearing how other missionaries/people teach. Plus they speak Portuguese pretty good as well ;) hahaha
I was making contacts and stopped this man, we were talking about how we have a message about Jesus Christ ect ect. He stops me so dramatically… and starts pulling his sleeve up…. I waited.. and waited… then BAM! he reveals his arm heaps dramatically and tattooed to his arm he has GIANTLY written “JESUS CRISTO” It was such a suspense and he showed me so dramatically and it was SO huge that I found my self saying “WOW” and touching his arm hahahahha then I remember who I am and repented hahaha. But good try mate in following Jesus Christ, but we have a message about how to really be a true follower of Christ”- (we are visiting him tonight. Lol)
on the way to church at 8am in the morning I had this guy talking to me at the bus stop proposing marriage to me.. “ sorry I’m a missionary ect ect…!” Then he tells that he is a missionary too and take his arm out of his sling (he has a broken arm) to take his jacket off to show me his HUGE tattoo of Jesus and Mary….
hahhahhah what the crazy is going on?
Sister Curtis just looks at me… “its going to be an interesting day lol”
29 March 2016
Oh my goodness, this happiness I felt was so crazy, but this week was so crazy, we worked so hard and prayed so hard for this to happen.
I hope you´re ready for this hectic story….
So last Saturday was her baptism interview right? And she just had to stop drinking coffee for this week to prepare, she was doing GREAT and we talk to her to follow up every day. Then Wednesday –Saturday she disappeared…..
like didn’t answer her phone and wasn’t home.
I can’t tell you how discouraged I got on Friday night, just seeing this baptism fall through, I was so sad- seriously guys haha this isn’t funny, I ate nearly a whole cake, hahaha, I DON’T EVEN LIKE cake.
I sat with Sister Das Graças in the sacrament room so disappointed, and confused!!! Then we kneeled and Sister Das Graças offered the most perfect prayer of my life, our last humble plea. She has the impression to go to Angelica's house like in the exact moment. We had already been to her house so many times this week (and she lives at the end of the worlddddddd) but we skipped our lunch apt and just the other Sisters went, and Sister Das Graças and I went to her house. I had the strongest hope, we got the house and she had JUST got home. SHE WAS IN HER CASA!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Angelica, the newest memeber of a Igreja de Cristo<3 <3 <3|
It was such a CRAZY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!
but I know that the Lord heard every single one of our prayers and pleas. This was the craziest miracle of my mission - like this week tested me in ways that I never thought I could be tested.
But if was the best moment to hear Angelica say she wants this, not because we know this gospel is true and WE know it will bless her - but she wanted and was ready to take this step and start her jouney in be a follower of Christ.
Sunday was so beautiful as well, when she recived the gift of the Holy Ghost her blessing was so perfect and personal, was so her.
MATE this church is just so true.
Angelica was pretty much the highlight of the week and took up a lot of our time but we did meet some really cool people this week AND have our other investigators are progressing.
|My brazilian food brings all the boys to the yard|
back. But they had some crazy trials and was a bit hectic but he changed jobs and NOW HE DOESN’T WORK SUNDAYS and they all came to church yesterday. AHHH Church was so on point yesterday, like the lessons and the speakers <3 <3 It was so perfect; Vanha and the kids loved church! We just need them to get married!!
I’m so happy, seriously this week, well really just Friday, was the worst and I got a little home sick, but after watching someone accept the gospel it makes all those hard times SO WORTH IT.