Thursday, June 26, 2014

I'm Having Trouble Thinking in English Today

June 23, 2014

Holy moly! The only people on today are me, Sister Fuller and a couple of tumbleweeds! The only logical conclusion is a zombie apocalypse in North America. That or my family is moving to another country. Either one would be understandable. 

So this week usual...CRAZY. Haha. Also, I’m having trouble thinking in English today, so I apologize if something sounds grammatically weird, but it made more sense in my head. 

This past month has been a little complicated as Sister Perez has a broken foot, (fracture due to all the walking). She had been working still in the afternoon, using crutches and a cast, and just resting at night, and then we would sometimes do a division with them at night if they had an investigator scheduled. But her other foot started to hurt, and she's having to rest more. But she didn't want to go home because she's so close. This would be her last transfer, finishing in August. But Pres. and Sister Lanius and the doctor all gave their opinions that it would be best for her health to go home, and she finally agreed.  She will be able to stay 2 more weeks, and this way it will be counted as a full mission completed (there's some rule that if a missionary has to go home a month early, it still counts as a full mission, or something like that). So these last 2 weeks, she'll work a little bit, but we'll be doing a lot of divisions with her and Sister Fuoco. We'll basically be joining our two areas as one for the next two weeks. It'll be tricky, but we'll manage. And I’m happy that she gets to stay and finish her mission!

We also had 2 divisions with 2 other pairs of sisters in our zone, in another town. Sister Rocha and Sister Kohtz, and Sister Fortes da Silva (not my daughter, a different Sister Fortes) and Sister Torres. I stayed in Carpina and Sister Marques went there to Limoeiro. Wednesday I was with Sister Torres. It went really well. We taught some new people, including a woman who was really receptive, named Leticia. I got to know Sister Torres better, which was really neat. She's from Argentina.  My time's running out, gonna type faster! Thursday Sister Rocha came, and that was cool but weird. It felt like we were companions again and it was just a normal day in Carpina :) We were able to visit one investigator, Rose, who I had not been able to get a hold of for over a month. I tried calling and we even dropped by her house a couple times, but she wouldn't answer. Tony, her son, said she was wanting to stop meeting with the missionaries, because Sister Rocha was gone. We took advantage of Sister Rocha being here, and passed by her house, and she let us in! She was very happy to see Sister Rocha, and I was able to talk with her too. We shared a message with her. I felt prompted to share Ether 12:27, though I wasn't sure exactly why.  When she read it, she just stared at the page, looking at it over and over, and said "That's me. This is me. I’m weak", and we were able to help her understand that God lets us have weakness so that we can grow closer to Him, and become strong through His help. And she marked with us for next week! :) I hope hope hope she stays firm. 

Ahhh! I have another experience that I wanted to share, but it will have to wait for another time. 

There are a ton of people that I want to respond to individually, and I apologize for being so late to respond to emails and letters. But I love you and thank you for your prayers and letters and emails. I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!

Love you all!

Sister Hicken

A bus decked out for the World Cup

Fuleco, the FIFA 2014 World Cup Mascot

Our Zone with everyone except the sister taking the picture

Sister Rocha holding the flag of the city of Carpina and me holding the flag of Pernambuco--the Brazilian state that our mission is in.

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