So much to write about this week and I already wasted half of my time trying to send pictures... well two worked out in the end so I hope you like them. It´s me painting the street (for the World Cup) and Gaby watching the game with us.
I´m finally out of the ghetto and was transfered to Ipés!!! It´s in the João Pessoa stake and is the richest area I´ve been in, but is far from the richest in the stake. We have a view of the city and I feel close to the beach. So far it´s just a tender mercy. Our house is super nice, everything´s close, it´s a good ward and we live IN our area. I feel like a huge weight has been listed off my shoulders. I´m companions with Sister Christensen who I already lived with for 4 months, and I love her. She has the same amount of time on the mission as me and it´s just gonna be a party :) Speaking of parties...
It´s been a week of festas... São João, festival of corn, accordian music, bonfires and drunk people, all going on at the same time as the Copa. It´s at least a little more family oriented than Carnaval, and we had a really cool ward party that 5 investigators came to! It was a miracle and a lot of fun. There was a live band of three blind men playing drum, accordian and triangle. I took some pretty great videos and a few pictures, but sending pictures is AGONY.
Monday we watched the game WAY out in this farm in the middle of nowhere. It was raining. A LOT. But they gave us clothes to change into and blankets and I got to watch the game cuddling with their kitten. Right at home :) DId you watch that game against Camaroon? I think their only goal was to kill Neymar Jr haha... Did you know that Hulk is from João Pessoa? Haha I already feel like Brasil´s team is like my family. Sou brasileira.
But it was a good finish in Colinas. Sister Johnson will take good care of my converts and start a scripture study group out in the part of the area where it´s harder for people to come to church. We were teaching some really great people, including a couple that´s planning to get married who have a car and are SUPER ELECT. I honestly feel the ward is stronger than it was, I gave it all my heart and soul, and now I can take a deep breath and start fresh.
It seems like you guys are always doing something cool, I liked the pictures and got a little jealous :) But the mission is FLYING by. I will already be here a year this transfer. You only have today to give your best, tomorrow it´s over. I´m taking more pictures these days, just sending them is a nightmare..
But this transfer I just really want to laugh harder, love everyone, and trust the Lord that if I do my best, my mission will be a success. I´ve learned a whole lot about the enabling power of the atonement. We can´t always pray for our circumstances to change, but for strength to change or make the most of our circumstances. I´ve felt lifted spiritually, physically and emotionally above my own capacity in Colinas do Sul.
I love you all so much and I hope you all have an awesome week!