This week went by pretty fast!! We have a lot of new investigators and references. Every morning I practice teaching The Restoration and The Plan of Salvation with my companion. It is so hard because I can´t always say what I would like, but I have to keep reminding myself that it is only week 2 and the language will come.
Our baptism for Saturday didn´t work out, but it really showed me that I am not in the CTM anymore and the people I am teaching have real problems and concerns. Not everything is going to go as planned, but she has a date to be baptized this Saturday! I am confident she will be ready!!! I am really excited! It is amazing to watch the gospel transform people as they come to follow the commandments.
I don´t know what was wrong with me, but I was soooo clumsy this week. I just straight up fell flat on my back TWICE!!! Once was in a dirty puddle in the middle of the street and the other time was leaving a members house. On Friday I wasn´t having the best day. We had to walk an hour to our lunch appointment in the pouring rain, and the road we had to walk down was a dirt road which had turned into mudslide. I had my little umbrella, and I am just walking along..Then I take a step and I sink up to my ankles in mud!!! My companion and I were crying laughing. I was literally stuck and she had to pull me out, so I walked the rest of the way with feet covered in mud. I got to the members' house and felt terrible because I was so dirty. We ate with them and as I step out of their house to leave, I just fall down the steps stright onto my back AGAIN!!! It didn´t hurt luckily but as soon as I left their house I lost it. I started bawling because I was frusturated!!! My companion probably thought I was crazy! But if a mission has taught me one thing it is that you pull yourself together and keep going. There is a quote by Jeffrey R. Holland that I LOVE!!! He says, ``The road to salvation is not a cheap experience.``
Who ever said life would be easy? Was it easy for Christ? Whenever we feel the day is was just too much or you are just too tired go on or deal with life´s demands... remember our Savior. Remember your purpose and just know that you are feeling just the smallest fraction of what Jesus felt for every person who has ever lived or will ever live. I promise God knows you, BUT that doesn´t mean he doesn´t want to hear from you through prayer every day.
A mission is hard but I really would not want to be anywhere else right now :)
Also, this Sunday was fast sunday and I bore my testimony!!! The members probably didn´t understand a word, but I was really nervous so I am glad I just got up there and did it!
Other than that I am doing really well :) I am understanding more Portuguese and learning so much everyday.
You are all in my prayers daily.
P.S. I REALLY wish I knew how to play the piano because no one in my ward knows how, so we have to sing acapella :/