Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Police Strikes in Carpina Means Interesting Week

May 19, 2014
Well this week was certainly an adventure. Where to start?
Let's seee.....Monday was transfers, like I said. My new comp is Sister Kohtz. She’s awesome! She’s 19, from Missouri, and she went to BYU. She’s been out 9 months, and is a hard worker!
Tuesday, it rained ALLL DAY. It was crazy. We met with Erick and Sandriele and Danubia, among others. Erick's cousin came too. We taught them about the gospel of Jesus Christ. They had some really good questions, and we can tell that Erick is really searching to understand these things, and they make sense to him, but he hasn't yet felt like God has answered his prayers. Sandriele and Danubia are fantastic as well. They love what we are teaching them and feel that it's true, but haven't been able to come to church yet, and won't be able to next week either. Please keep them in your prayers. They all have been prepared by the Lord, and just need help overcoming these obstacles to be baptized.
Wednesday we woke up suuuuper early to go to the temple! We spent the morning walking around the temple grounds, taking pictures, ate lunch in the temple, went to the temple store, and then we did a session. I love the temple. Even though there is so much I still don't fully understand, I always feel the Spirit so strongly, and I always learn something new. I read in the bible dictionary this week the definition of temple that really struck me. "Literally, the house of god. The Lord visits his temples on the earth". Which we already know, but it's just amazing to think that I can be in a place that Heavenly Father literally visits. We are closer to him in the temple. It was wonderful.
We left the temple and were getting ready to head back home, but received word that the bus system was not safe because the police had gone on strike in Recife, and people were taking advantage of that. After about an hour of discussing what we should do, and talking with Presidente, we decided to stay the night at the temple motel (a motel on the temple grounds that they have mainly for the people who come in caravans from other places and stay several days) and go back in the morning (us 6 sisters). The next morning we headed out early and it's good that we did, because we then heard that the police in the entire state of Pernambuco were on strike, and everyone was freaking out and closing things down. And on the way Sister Rocha got a call from presidente that her grandfather had passed away, and then our bus that was going to Carpina decided it didn't want to go all the way to Carpina anymore, and we had to get off a little before, and take a van the rest of the way. It was insane. But we made it home safely, and then Presidente ordered that all the missionaries stay in their apartments until he said otherwise. So we were at home all day, except that we had a lesson in our same apartment building with Maria José and her husband João that went really well :) The next day the strike ended and we were able to work until 5, the next day until 6 and Sunday until 8. Today should be just fine. Don't worry, mom, we were safe, and never were close to any craziness, just heard about it from other people.
Sunday Elder Costa of the Seventy came and spoke in our stake! It was very neat. He talked about Brasil's bright future, and 3 things we need to do:  rescue the less actives, missionary work, and be self sufficient. It was really uplifting and motivating. Also Elder Nelson was in Pernambuco too, but he went to a different stake  :(
Well I’m out of time, but I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week! I know this gospel is true and that it is the only way to be truly happy in this life and for all eternity.
Love, Sister Hicken

When we went to the temple this week there was a young sister who was training to be a photographer and asked if she could take pictures of us.  Enjoy!

Sister Kohtz, Sister Clarke, Sister Rocha, Sister Fuoco, Sister Perez, Sister Hicken at the Brazil Recife Temple

Sister Kohtz, Sister Perez, Sister Rocha, Sister Fuoco, Sister Clarke, and Sister Hicken

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