Oi Querida Familia!
Well here´s another baptism picture!! Haha I think you will see a lot but here you literally can´t count on any baptism until they´re in the water. This is Antonio, we met him a week ago and he had already been to church and was just the most prepared man I´ve ever seen. What really impressed me was that he was ALWAYS waiting for us outside which no one ever does. In his first prayer out loud, he said he already knows he´s on the right path. Baptisms here are really interesting. A member of the bishopric chewed us out literally right before the baptism about baptising too fast. But this is literally how it works here and our district leader, who is the coolest guy ever, was really the one who marked the baptism for us in church. I´m just trying still to understand how this mission works but I know it´s supposed to be this way. I just really want the ward to trust us. A lot of Sister Seal´s converts haven´t been coming to church. We visit them and feel bad about it, but it´s the wards job to fellowship, reactivate and GIVE US REFERENCES.
Right now we really want to find ways to serve the ward, but people won´t even let us wash dishes. I´ve found that people only like you when you eat so much you want to puke, which Sister Johnson can do. So everyone loves her. So I guess the missionary work here boils down to just praying for an appetite haha
I really do love our ward though, we had a really great testimony meeting and the youth here are unbelievable. All the girls want to serve missions and I just want to cry every time I see them because I love them so much. We also have some great RM´s. Don´t worry, I´m not going to bring home a Brasilian ;)
I did meet the President and his wife the first day and we took a picture. They are very nice. I had my interview last week and all he told me was be obedient and everything else follows. They don´t speak any English, but that´s okay. I´m understanding Portuguese a lot more, especially with people my age and people who have teeth. People understand me when I speak unless they choose not to, which is interesting and sometimes annoying. Like people see I have an accent and stop trying to listen.
I didn´t see the Conferencia Sociadade do Soccorro, but we will definitely see Conferencia Geral, hopefully in English. I am SOOO pumped!!!
This morning was really really strange. Our zone leader called and told us the President is making an exception today and we need to go out and find anyone who´s been to church once and ask them to be baptized today so we can make our goal. Sister Seal and I just tried not to murmur, but I´m trying SOO hard to understand this mission. We may or may not have a baptism to go to for one of Sister Johnson´s investigators and it sounds like he doesn´t know anything and is just out of his mind. Luckily our district leader who does the interview has the gift of discernment. I just don´t understand it, but I´m trying to have faith. The only thing we can do to help these people is baptize them, and they have agency about what happens after.
I´m praying so hard to find families. We have a couple but they won´t come to church. The goal in the end for me is to find the future bishops, relief society presidents and above all, missionaries. The thing that amazes me is how a lot of the people you find here have already talked to missionaries and weren´t ready then but are now. So everytime someone falls through, they´ll be taught again in the future and be more prepared to hear the lessons and be baptized. Planting seeds is so important. This week we taught another older woman who told us she had a dream about us then saw us on the street. She has already been taught and has gone to church and feels we are her second chance. She wasn´t at church yesterday but she wants to wait and be baptized with her daughter which is fine by me.
Well my mind is just spinning, but I´ve realized that this mission is definitely not about me. I may not feel wonderful about everything my leaders say or about how well the investigators understand, but I´m just here to be the Lord´s servant. The best thing I can do for my mission is be obedient.
So I have no ideas about how to get Chacos except sending them one at a time. It takes a really long time for packages to get here, so I think it may be time to start thinking about Natal :) haha I´m really not concerned about it but I do need a watch. All I really want for Christmas is the Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert from last year with Alfie Boe and a CD of the MoTab doing show tunes. The music rules here are only church hymns and primary songs by the MoTob or the church webstie, and on p-day, anything by the MoTab, anything from the church website or efy music. Also, you should send maple flavoring so I can make syrup for pancakes, and ready to make cookies.
I love you all so much and am praying for Longmont. I´m glad you are all being such good missionaries and serving others. I need to do the same! Time is flying!! Just so you know, both Sister Johnson and Seal have said I´m the least trunky missionary they´ve ever seen. I love my family, but my heart really is 100% in my mission. Not to say that seeing you again won´t be the best day ever, but I only get 18 months to be a missionary. And it´s only 16 months now!! WHAT??
Com MUITO MUITO amor,