November 18, 2013
Bom dia from Gravatá! Hope you are all well. Happy Thanksgiving soon! There’s no Thanksgiving here, so we just skipped straight to Natal. We are SOOO excited for Natal!!!!!! Hahaha.
We had another baptism yesterday!!!!!!! A ten-year-old kid named Junior. Sister Roig and Sister Perez taught his family before I came, but the parents aren’t interested anymore. But his neighbor was baptized, Eduarda, just a few weeks ago, (and she is AWESOME. She has such faith, and she’s only 16), and he asked to come to church with her. And then when we went to his house to talk with him and invite him to be baptized, he wasn’t there, but we talked with his mom, and asked if she would give permission for him to be baptized if he wanted, and she said he had already told her he wanted to be baptized! Seriously this kid is fantastic. She gave permission, and we taught Junior all this week, and then he was baptized on Sunday. Also Kelvin was confirmed on Sunday. Ahhh seriously we have seen such miracles this week. And even more next week, because Thais and Ermesson are getting married and baptized!!!! They have had to wait over 5 months to get married because of silly paperwork stuff, and were being taught even before that. While they have been working on the marriage, Ermesson’s parents and sister became interested and got baptized! They are SO amazing, the whole family. I love them so much. And now Thais and Ermesson are FINALLY getting married this Saturday, and then we found out that they don’t have to wait 3 weeks after for the paperwork to be processed, they can get baptized right after! So Ermesson is going to be baptized on Sunday probably, so he can receive the priesthood and then baptize Thais the next Sunday. The whole ward is ecstatic. Everyone is SO excited, because they’ve been waiting for so long. They are so prepared. They already seem like members. AHHH!! We are so happy for them!
|Sister Hicken, Junior, and Sister Roig|
Other bulletins from the week- our district is working on a musical number for the Christmas zone conference in December. We’re singing Silent Night, with a cool piano arrangement, and on the last verse, me and Elder Carroll sing while everyone hums. Nossa, we practiced it on Tuesday, and already it sounds SO cool!
Other random thing (that you may or may not put on the blog)- you will never guess what song was blasting in a store the other day while we were trying to street contact. Sister Roig was talking to this guy, "somos missionarias da igreja de Jesus Cristo dos santos dos ultimos dias..." when I heard it "a igreja tem reunioes as nove da---WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?!" Ahhhh it was so hard not to laugh. I did not expect to hear that song in Brazil hahahahahahaa. Ahhhh....
Love you all! Can’t wait to talk with family in a month! Thank you mom for the Christmas music you sent with me. We're already listening to it.... mostly the David Archuleta. It’s not Christmas without David Archuleta. Thank you for all your love and support :) and your emails :) I’m gonna try and send a package to you guys soon, but I’m not sure when it will get there. I'll let you know when I’ve mailed it. LOVE YOU BUNCHES!!!!!
Also, I don’t have Sarah Jane’s email, but if you could forward this to her, I wanted to tell her thanks for the cute book of memes and quotes she made me. It has brought laughter and smiles on hard days, to me and my companions :) I love you and hope you are having a wonderful senior year Sarah Jane!!!