March 3, 2014
Carnaval.....you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. (Points to whoever gets the reference!)
Seriously. Carnaval is when all the crazies come out of the woodworks. It's like Halloween, Mardi Gras and that creepy pink elephant song from Dumbo all mixed together. The first night was cross-dressing night! Yay! Luckily (well not luckily, but sort of) Sister Fortes was sick so we were already home when the men in dresses started to come out, but the other sisters came home early and were like, "You guys, there's all sorts of weird stuff going on out there". During the day it's been fine, but we still avoid some of our more sketchy areas.
Let's see, updates from the week....Leo, Jaqueline, and their friend Janaena accepted invitations to be baptized on the 16th! And then we found out we would have to move the date because of Stake Conference. Curses. So we're shooting for the 22nd now.
Sheila. Sheila, Sheila, Sheila. The enemy is doing everything he can to put a halt to her baptism. We went and visited her unplanned on Wednesday because we just had a feeling that we needed to, and she was super depressed. Her family isn't talking to her, and she lives alone, and she was just super sad. We spent some time talking with her, and she felt better, and we marked her baptism for the 8th of March. She was going out of town, but we told her we would call once a day to check in with her. The next day we called and she had only smoked 4 cigarettes!!! We were so happy! We made a goal with her to only smoke 3 the next day, but when we called she didn't answer. We weren't able to get a hold of her for 2 days. At church on Sunday, Tuane, a member who is friends with Sheila said that Sheila had come to her house all upset and said that she had been praying about the church and then found a bunch of videos about the Church online, and now she thought the Church was all lies and she would not be baptized. Tuane talked with her for a while but it didn't do much good, and we were super worried. So that Sunday we decided to go there and see if she was home, and on the way we met her in the street, and walked with her. She seemed more or less normal, but didn't say anything about the videos, so finally Sister Fortes asked her straight up and she said she had found several things in the Church that weren't in harmony with the Bible, and she had written down all her doubts and wanted to talk with us about them. So she marked with us for Friday to meet and talk openly about her doubts, which is good. But that means she will probably delay a little longer to be baptized. Sighhhh. Thank you for all your prayers concerning her. I told her that I had family and friends praying for her as well and she was very touched, and it gave her strength.
We tried to meet with Vitoria and Rayza this week and they weren't home. They may be home this week since it's Carnaval. We're praying to be able to meet with them.
That's it for today. Sorry it's a short one this week. The computer house is closing in a few minutes for CARNAVAL.
I love you all and pray for you! Thank you for all your prayers and support! Happy March!