I don´t think I have ever had a week so busy/stressful in my whole life!!!! Sister Pereira had a bunch of trainings and interviews with President because it was her last week, so we were constantly running to the mission office and back. On top of that we were organizing a wedding!!!! Wowww. Let´s just say that I had to search the whole dang city of Manaus for some decorations, and when it came down to it I forgot my camera at our apartment so I didn´t even get the chance to take some photos. The wedding turned out great and they will be baptized on October 9th!!!
An absolute miracle happened this week!!! We were walking down the street when a heard some lady yelling, ``SISTERS SISTER.`` She was literally running after us hahaha. Long story short... her friend, Paloma, wanted to baptized that same day!!! Paloma´s brother is actually serving a mission and she had already received all the lessons many times. However, she had finally decided that she wanted to be baptized. It turned out perfect because we already had a baptism planned for Thursday, so she ended being baptized Thursday along with Cavaletti!!! It was so cool because President Castro went to our baptism!!! It was so spiritual that everyone cried during the special musical number.
Sister Creel was transferred to Porto Velho and Sister Pereira is going home today so now it will only be me and my new companion here in the area. It will be a change because with four sisters it is a whole lot crazier. My new companion is Sister Garcia from Argentina. She has been out for 8 months and it is her first transfer as a SLT. She works super hard and is super obedient so I am ready for a great transfer. It is so weird to think that I only have 4 transfers left counting with this one!!!! I am trying to take advantage of every moment because I love Brazil and serving a mission!!!
Besides being absolutely exhausted I am doing well. This week we have a zone conference with President so I am super excited about that :)
I love my Savior and everyone of you guys!!! Stay happy!!
*Here are pics of my apartment :)
Soo my companion, Sister Creel, turned 20 on Thursday!! Sister Westbroek and I woke early and decorated the apartment then ran to the bakery and bought her Pão de queijo (her favorite)! Mom... I made that cake you sent and it turned out so terrible!!! I have no idea what I did wrong but it just tasted like nasty Brazilian butter. It made for a cute picture, but we ended having to throw it out hahahah!! Friday marked ONE YEAR as a missionary!!!!!!!! WHAT?? It is so weird to think that I am starting to repeat the same months and in just 5 1/2 months I will be home again. I am so sad at how fast time is going. I still have so much to learn and so many people to help.
Sunday night we got a sad call from President that Sister Westbroek was going to be emergency transferred, as she was needed somewhere else in the mission. She is like my best friend on the mission and became very close fast friends. Though we weren´t companions and only lived in the same apartment it was hard. Now I am in a trio with Sister Creel and Sister Pereira... Pereira is going home Monday so it is REAL hard to focus haha. Out of the blue when we are walking she´ll just scream or say, ``in one week I will be home!!!`` We just give her the death look and then continue on hahaha.
Two of our investigators are getting married on Saturday!!! We have two baptisms Thursday and SIX marked for SUNDAY!!!! I am sooo excited!! Yesterday when we were walking to an appointment I heard someone screaming, ``sisters sister!!!`` I looked back and saw some lady running after us. She told us that her friend wants to be baptized THIS WEEK. She lives in our area, her brother is on a mission right now, and she has already received all the lessons!! When we called her she said she couldn´t even wait to be baptized until Saturday. Luckily we already have another man being baptized Thursday and so everything worked out perfectly! Miracles are real!!!!
Funny story of the week: our recent convert dropped us off Friday night and when Sister Pereira got out of the car her skirt in the back got all caught up in her bag. Sis Creel and I didn´t notice because we got out of the car first. It was only after our recent convert drove away that she noticed the whole back of her skirt was tucked into the strap of her bag!!! We literally laughed for hours. Oh the awkward moments here as a missionary!!!
I love y'all!!!!!!!! Keep the commandments, don´t slack off, and be happy :)
**The pictures below are of a cool place where some investigators live.
Wednesday we had the activity at the mission home for all the Sisters serving here in Manaus. I've been working hard on many aspects of the meeting, and it turned out so great!!! I was so relieved. The purpose of our activity was to help the Sisters have more self confidence, remember they are daughters of God and to actually get all done up for a day :) When you are serving in Manaus it is difficult to use makeup and do your hair because you just sweat 24/7. Soooo long story short you always feel gross. hahaha!
Each Sister brought clothes they don´t want/are to small and traded, got all done up and then we did like a runway type thing and ate Açai while listening to President give an awesome talk. Afterwards I had many people say thank you, because they really needed a day to just relax and remember who they really are.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday were probably the hardest days of my mission... ALL OF OUR APPOINTMENTS FELL THROUGH and it was sooo hot. My companion and I literally were just walking and contacting for four days straight. The young man that was suppossed to be baptized disappeared. However, after much fasting and praying, The Lord sent an investigator that is soooo elect!!
His name is Cavalete and his been going to church off and on since April. I literally thought he was a strong, active member because he is always at church. He showed up at the member´s home where we were eating lunch and asked for a Book of Mormon and more information. He testified that he already knows this church is true and wants to be baptized next Sunday!!!! He was just waiting for the right time. I literally couldn´t believe it. I had been praying and fasting for our other investigators not even thinking about Cavalete, BUT the Lord showed me who is actually prepared.
I am so grateful the Lord always knows better. When we do our part.. He does His :)
PS THIS WEEK MARKS ONE YEAR SINCE I LEFT FOR MY MISSION?! WHATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love yáll with all my hear <3
Doctrine and Covenants 50:17-23
This week consisted of lots of divions/splits and sunny, hot days. One thing about serving in Manaus is that to get from point A to point B you always have to catch the city bus. And most of the time they are paaacked and no they don´t have AC. Also I don´t think the bus drivers know how to drive.. it is the scariest thing!! Well since we are constantly on splits we have to use the city bus a lot!!!! Thursday morning my companion and I got so lost and spent 3 hours on the dang bus. Talk about being car sick but 100000x worse. I thought I was going to die. But we finally got to the area and it was all worth it, because the sisters we were helping are hilarious! We spent the day working and all night laughing our heads off. We bought this mystery gum pack.... there are four sticks of gum and could be any flavor (sorta like harry potter jelly beans). We each picked a stick of gum without knowing what flavor and then made a video. Guess who got the bad flavor?? ME!! It was terrible!!!! I almost barfed seriously. hahaha!!!
Friday we had splits with another companionship. I got to stay with my ´´Sister`` (we're 'sisters' since we were both trained by Sister Benicio but never had a chance to get to know each other in the mission.) She is going home in three weeks so it was so fun to talk and she taught me sooo much. Then Sunday we had a baptism!!! And the biggest miracle ever happened. We left our house at 7:30 to go pick up investigators.... well no one was home. We went to multiple houses, but only ended up bringing one young man. I was kinda bummed. Then as we were sitting in Sacrament meeting and I look back and a family we are teaching... (The mom, dad, kids, everyone) were sitting on the last row! Then 10 minutes later ANOTHER FAMILY walks through the door. Then another investigator!!!! Then another!!!! It was a miracle. Never on my mission have I had two complete families at church on the same Sunday. They all loved church :) Now we have lots of baptisms and weddings in front of us.
I don´t think I will ever adjust to the Manaus heat. It is death but at the same time I remember summers as a kid or girls camp in TN. I lived in the AC or in the pool and literally thought I was going to die of heat stroke at girls camp ... here the houses don´t have AC and we are walking in the heat 24/7...... and it is even hotter here! The Lord sure does give me strength because at the end of everyday I think back...``how in the world did I survive today?`` Then you wake up and do it all again the next day. I have never been so exhausted, but I love it.
I began crying this week when I thought about the day I would have to take off my name tag. I know I have six months but time is flyinggggggg
Sure love yáll <3