Monday, May 5, 2014

May the Fourth Be With You!!

May 5, 2014

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!!!!!!!! Hahahaahahahaaa.....ahhh I wait all year to be able to say that. Ahhh. May 4th is also special because it marks one year since I received my call to serve in Recife Brazil!!!!! Crazy to think how fast the time has flown by. One year ago I did not know a word of Portuguese, and had never heard of Recife! Wow. 

This week was another week of miracles. don't have that much time, so I’ll tell about the biggest miracle of the week. 

So we marked Roberto's baptism for Friday. We invited all the members, had everything set. Roberto was super excited. He quit drinking coffee, we did a practice interview with him, and he passed with flying colors. He was all set and ready. He even invited several friends to his baptism. He was very excited, and we were excited for him. We scheduled his interview for Friday at 3, and the baptism was at 7. The zone leaders came, and we got to Roberto's house, and he was all nervous, and saying he wasn't ready to go through with the baptism, that he had a problem, and that it would be better another day.  We were super shocked. He had been super thrilled the day before. Elder Hanna interviewed him, and found that he was completely ready, that he had no problem with any commandment, and yet Roberto still didn't feel like he could be baptized. We all talked for about an hour. He kept saying he was having bad thoughts, but couldn't elaborate. It was the most intense lesson I think I’ve ever had with an investigator. All four of us missionaries were trying hard to listen to Roberto and listen to and follow the Spirit, to help him be able to be baptized. Because we knew he was ready, and we knew he had the desire. We knew and felt that the enemy was trying to dissuade him and throw him off the right path. We could tell there was an inner battle going on, and that he was listening to us, but still scared to go through with it. Finally we came to an agreement. He didn't want to be baptized, but agreed to come to the church at 7 anyways to announce that the baptism was cancelled. We said a prayer and left. And then we prayed like crazy that he would be able to conquer the enemy, and know that baptism was the right decision. In those two hours waiting, my faith grew because we had to make a conscious decision to trust the Lord and to have faith that against all odds, Roberto would be baptized. We went to the church at 6:30 like everything was normal, praying that he would come. (A lot of members were already there and the font was filled!) 6:45 he arrived, towel in hand, with the biggest smile on his face. We were like "ROBERTO YOU CAME!!!!!" and he was like "Of course I came!" Haha :)  He said after we left, he thought a lot about what we said, and could feel the enemy trying to bring him down. He also saw me cry during the prayer, and that really touched him. And he remembered how he felt during all the lessons, and knew that was what Heavenly Father wanted him to do. There were no words to describe our joy. It was the best moment of my entire mission. The ward was all there to welcome him, and it went perfectly, the baptism. On Sunday, he was confirmed (along with Marilia, Camila, Carlinhos, and Aninha, a girl who was baptized a few weeks ago but wasn't able to be confirmed until now).  It was testimony meeting and he went up and bore his testimony! We were so proud. We are so happy to see that he truly has a testimony of his own, and that he loves this gospel. And the kids are loving church as well. My heart is so full of love for these people, and this ward, I can't contain it all!!!! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!!!! 

Love you all and hope you had a wonderful May the 4th :) 

Sister Hicken

Roberto's Baptism!  

The Best Hot Chocolate in the World!!!

Sister Perez, Sister Rocha, Sister Hicken, and Sister Fuoco.  Say, "CHOCOLATE!"

We dyed Easter Eggs this week. You may observe for yourself the shenanigans :) Brazilians don't dye Easter eggs, so it was really fun for my companions :) Also, when we dumped out 
the cups, my hands got dyed pink. I looked like an Oompa Loompa. 

Sister Perez

Me and Sister Perez.

 Sister Perez and Sister Fuoco

Sign that my companions made to thank my mom for sending the Easter Egg dye.

Love You!

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