Monday, March 10, 2014

Did You Know Brazilian Chinese Eat Rice and Beans? They Probably Don't Either.

March 10, 2014


I can't really think of a clever title for this week's email. It was kind of a terrible week. The saddest thing was Sheila. We visited her this week hoping to mark her baptism and instead left with very little hope of baptizing her.  Ever.  She believed all the crap she found on the internet.  She didn't tell us that until we asked, but then she showed us her study journal with all her notes from stuff people had posted about the Church. We explained to her what was true and what was downright lies, but it didn't do much good. We were there for almost 2 hours, and responded to every question she had, but she had already decided that she didn't want to be baptized. She is still looking for the truth, but doesn't want to act on it. We told her that if she wanted to know if the Church was true, she had to read the Book of Mormon, pray and go to church. She refuses to go to church without first receiving a sign from God that that's what she should do. And so she will never know.

So yeah. We are SOOO sad. Because she knew it was true. She was so happy and so excited, and now she is denying everything she felt, all the answers God already gave her, and is waiting for yet ANOTHER sign. We are praying that she will receive an answer to her prayers, but honestly I don't believe that that will happen until she decides to act. It is SO sad.

Things were just rough this week. 

But there were some good things. Leo and Jaqueline are progressing. They were out of town this Sunday, but we have a lesson with them tomorrow, and hope to mark their baptism for the 23rd. Please pray for them. Also Rayza. 

I gave a talk this week on "Heavenly Father's Children Need Us".  It was the first time I gave a talk that I didn't get nervous about! 

Next week we have zone conference and temple, which means no p-day on Monday. You'll have to wait until Wednesday! Not sure what time I’ll be on because it's always crazy, but probably in the morning. 

I love you all and thank you for your prayers and support! 

Sister Hicken

Gigantic wall of flowers on the way to our bishop's house. There are soooooo many beautiful flowers here!

   Brazilian Chinese food! Did you know that the Brazilian Chinese still eat rice and beans? Neither did I! Also probably neither did the Chinese.

Our zone! We have the coolest zone ever! Names, in no particular order, because I don't have the picture in front of me:

Sisters Patino, Butler, Seidmann, Penailillo, Dana, Rodrigues, Hicken, Fortes

Elders Benitez, Marlow, Pereira, Woodland

Finally a cute picture of me and Sister Dana. She always makes faces in my pictures. I love this woman! She's one of our trainers and she has helped me sooo much. 

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