Monday, July 14, 2014

The World Cup is Finally Over...No Fireworks This Week

July 14, 2014

The World Cup has finally come to an end (not even sure who won, was it Argentina or Germany?) and things are back to normal!!!! normal as things can be in Brazil after getting beaten this week by Germany....and then by Holland. 7-1 and then 3-0. Yeah. There were no fireworks this week.

Aside from that, this week went really well! On Monday, we raced around like crazy seeing Sister Perez off, and welcoming Sister Kohtz back to Carpina, as Sister Fuoco's new companion. Then in the evening, Sister Marques and I went to Recife to stay the night for a meeting we had the next morning. We stayed with Sister Kron and Sister Martins.  Sister Dana and Sister Fortes (my friend and my daughter from Gravatá!!!!) were staying the night too, but they didn't know we were coming, so it was fun to see the look on their faces when I walked in :) There was lots of squealing and lots of hugging and laughing and talking. It was so fun to see them again, and get caught up on what's going on in Gravatá. 

The next morning we had a mission council, comprised of all the zone leaders and all the sister training leaders and President and Sister Bigelow. It was such a cool experience. They introduced to us 5 new changes from the First Presidency in missionary work. These changes are small things aimed at strengthening recent converts, and improving retention. Our new goal is not just baptism, but the temple. The missionaries will teach all 5 lessons in Preach My Gospel to investigators before baptism, and will take the initiative in teaching them all again after baptism. There are some other things, but they're very similar. Everyone is very excited about these changes. I think we weren't strengthening our recent converts like we needed to. We are already seeing blessings and changes from following this counsel. It is amazing!!! 

Erick's baptism is officially marked for this Saturday!!!! The whole ward is excited for him :) He's ready. We just pray that his mom and family support him as well. But he already has a built-in family here in the ward. He is already like an active member. Só falta água! (He just lacks the water!)

Guys I'm almost out of time, so next week there will be more updates on Erick and Rose and some new people we're teaching, but thank you for your prayers for them. I really appreciate it. I love these people so so much. 

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week!  

Sister Hicken

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