Howdy y’all! This week was thanksgiving! And… I completely forgot! Can you believe it?!?! I was so pumped for thanksgiving, and I ended up forgetting! That day we had a conference with Elder Costa, the area president of Brasil. It was really spiritual, and I learned a lot about how I can be a better missionary, and how we work better as a dupla, and follow the spirit,
So Sunday was pretty crazy! When in the gospel principles class, I was sitting next to a recent convert, and her daughter of 30-ish years who lives in the area of the Elders. When all of the sudden, her daughter leans over and tries to slap me in the face, and the mom grabs her had and forces it down, and restrains her. I was in complete shock and confusion! It was the craziest thing ever! I almost got slapped in the face!!! Afterwards the daughter of 30 years leans over and says “I’m sick” “I have a problem” and the mom said that the only thing that has helped her calm down is the gospel, and that it
has changed their lives. It was really cool, but at the same I was still in shock that I almost got slapped in the face at church of all places! After church we had dinner with a couple who are returned missionaries. It was really cool! They were able to give us a whole bunch of advice! Can you believe that they do weekly planning?!?!
After dinner, when we left it started to rain a little, and by a little I mean a lot! So we were really close to a referral that we received from the day that we went to the cemetery, that was made by our zone leaders, so we went to their house, and arrived completely soaked! Completely. To our surprise they let us in! It was a Christmas miracle! We had an amazing lesson that was really spiritual!
I love this work! I love my savior, and I love being a missionary! It is a once in a lifetime opportunity! I know without a doubt that the lord leads and guides everything that we do.
So I have a really funny story that started out our week! So here in Brasil it rains a whole bunch! and there is one type of rain that is like mist that is called garoa. So when we left our house it was raining garoa, and we were all geared up, rain boots, rain jackets and umbrella. We were walking on this big highway to arrive at our lunch appointment that was 45 minutes away. So we are walking walking walking, the cars are passing, when all of the sudden a giant trucker passes, and the wind behind it was so strong that it broke our umbrella into pieces! It inverted, and broke in like 6 different places! I looked over at my companion, and said, ” Hey, I think that our umbrella is broken…” We both started laughing so hard, and got a little wet that day. It was so great!
This week I have really learned the importance of working with members! We have a recent convert who is the only member in his family, and our ward mission leader suggested that we visit his dad. So that day we went with our ward mission leader to their house, and had a lesson with him that was really inspired. We invited him to church the next day, and to our surprise He came! It was an amazing thing!
I got to give a talk yesterday! My second talk as a missionary, my first talk that I gave in Portuguese was my first week in the field! It was really awesome to reflect on everything, and really share my love for the gospel!
We had a choir practice at the presidents house yesterday with a small group of missionaries, because we will sing at a conference on Thursday, and after the practice we had a small training that was so inspirational. I really felt edified, and a true desire to do more.
I love my savior, I know that He lives, and that we are doing His work. I love you guys, and hope that you have a fantastic thanksgiving! Eat lots of pumpkin pie! i think that it is the one thing that I will miss the most!
Of Note: Olympic Renovation for planter
Street Sign – Ammon’s Birthday
Watermelon is huge
Blue for rain, and blue for batizmo!! This week was really really awesome! It rained a whole bunch, and has been very very humid and hot, it was good though, because of the rain. Necca got baptized on saturday. The baptism of miracles! We have been working with Necca for over 3 months. When I arrived she was living with Coka the father of her youngest daughter, and was working with the sisters to get rid of her vices, and get closer to jesus Christ. She told us that she would do whatever it took to get baptized by the end of the year, but it was a little in the air. She still had to live the law of chastity to be baptized. Her conversion is the greatest that I have ever seen in a person. She goes to church every sunday. and even testified for one of our other investigators that she knows the church is true! Coka got into some legal trouble, and that was the straw that broke the camels back. She kicked him out!
I know that conversion is real. Heavenly Father provides a way when we have a goal. Necca had a goal to be baptized by the end of the year, but she had no idea how to do it, and the Lord helped her.
I love you guys! Make righteous goals, and the Lord will provide a way, just like he did for Nephi.
So this week was halloween, and here in Brasil, they dont really celebrate Halloween, but they have a holiday on Nov 2 that is called Dia dos Finados. Which is basically when everyone goes to the cemetery to remember those who have passed on. So what where the missionaries doing that day? Procelyting in the cemetery of course! It was an interesting experience to say the least!
One crazy thing, is that the tombs are above ground, and they build little houses for the dead, to put candles and pictures inside. We found a toumb with a huge crack, and through the crack, you could see the wood cascet, and the light on the other side! Holy cow! Crazy stuff!
This week was extremely hot! it reminds me a little bit of China, really humid, and Hot, but its all good! I love it here!
This week I hit my half way mark! Woo Hoo! I honestly can not beleive that I have been a missionary for 9 months! So that exact day, me, and the other American sisters from my group all had to meet up at the Santa Maria police station to renew our visas! It was so crazy! It was a great big unexpected reunion! An amazing experience to see how far each of us have come! What we have learned, and how much we have changed and grown. The last time that we all talked together was in english, and now we are all completely fluent. We also celebrated with icecream! I love serving the Lord here in Santa Maria, and cant wait to reunite with all of you guys in just 9 short months!
I know that heavenly father loves His children, and that this work is so important.