General Conference was so great. I´m definitely going to be in the MoTab at some point in my life. I made another list of things to do better in the next 6 months after conference, but left it at our house... basically we all just need to use the Atonement a little more in our life to help us do the things the Lord expects of us. It was cool hearing one speaker without a weird voiceover, and I loved his talk and the question if we´re living so that the promises in our patriarchal blessing will be fulfilled. We don´t have excuses to not know what the Lord expects of us and we need to be prepared to do it.
The women´s conference, in April and this last one, have just made me cry the whole time and I have no idea why. The mission just makes you so emotional and things like that just bring an overwhelming spirit. The temple is one of the things I miss the most. I´ll never forget the feeling of love I had the last time I went in Campinas, it was literally like a hug from the Lord sending me out on my mission. His promises are sure. I´m so grateful for our covenants. When the scriptures tell us to lift up our heads and rejoice, they are usually talking about our covenants. After this conference I want to make the sacrament more of a concious act of keeping covenants and repenting.
Our AP´s really want us to focus on our personal study and memorizing scriptures, that went really well with this conference. We need to become familiar with the scriptures to recognize the shepherd´s voice. I´ve memorized on my mission all of 2 Nephi 31 and I´m working on all of the scripture mastery verses. It really is worth it and the Lord helps.
The Lord´s been blessing us a lot and helping us find complete families to teach. Right now our progressing investigators are A, 20, and L,16, a couple who live separate but already have a daughter. A lives with his parents, who are very interested and want to get baptized (like, really badly) but aren´t married. They need to clear up a few things financially but they´ll get married soon... But man. THIS FAMILY IS ELECT. The Lord wants these people in his church. We found A in August and he gave us the wrong address so we dropped him, but ran into him again, then a third time when he talked to the other sisters in another area and they passed his name as a referral. So we went and taught him and his family the restoration and they understood and accepted everything SO well. These are people who were waiting specifically for me and Sister Cavalcanti to teach them. Several other churches have told A he needs to get married but he told us we´re the only people who have actually listened and tried to help them instead of condemning them. Teaching them has been such a testimony to me of how the gospel blesses families. They came to conference and said they will continue to pray to see if they will be baptized next week. They just need to really understand the law of chastity and L needs to really have her own solid testimony to not just get baptized for her boyfriend, but pray for these people!!
Pray for us to baptize a family this month! I know God hears our prayers and if our desires are righteous, He´ll grant them to us!
You guys have some amazing stories, especially Andrea. You are amazing missionaries and I hope you´re cherishing every minute. Life´s good here in Santa Rita. We´re gonna go to a members house today and I´m gonna teach them how to make cookies :) I know how to make them by memory, and if I can make them in Brazil with our match-lit ovens, I can cook anything in the US haha..
I know God is aware of us and knows us by name. Christ paid for our sins and our sorrows. I know Joseph Smith saw the father and the son and that Thomas S. Monson is God´s prophet today. Family is always first in the gospel.
I love you all so much and hope you have an incredible week! Believe in miracles!
Com amor e carinho,