For those of you that I just added today, Every week I like
to send a big email so everyone knows what I am doing here in Porto Alegre,
This week was super great! We got to eat a whole lot of
cake! lol Sister Ropke arrived home in Recife safely! And I wasn´t transferred!
YAY! I love this area! Sister J. Ribeiro is still my companion! She is soo
great! This week arrived 2 new sisters in our area! Sister Cook from Virginia.
And Sister Trentino, (that looks like an American) from Matto Grosso, Brasil.
They are sooo sweet! I seriously love living here!
So, I am almost positive that I already talked about someone
that is getting to know the Church, called Jefferson. He has a spirit really
strong. He is 43 years old and doesn’t have ANY family. 2 years ago he was
attacked and was shot 7 times. This attack put him in a wheel chair. He has
been suffering to try and get used to the fact that he is in a wheel chair, but
it´s really hard. We found him on the street and asked if we could share our
message. He accepted with a HUGE smile on his face. That doesn´t happen every
day! Well, he has a really big past. He has lived a lot of things. He doesn’t
want to remember his life before. He wants to start over. We helped him stop
smoking. He was a BIG smoker! lol But, he stopped! And this week he decided to
make the best decision of his life and be baptized. He told us that he was
looking for a new start. And the spirit he felt at his baptism let him know
that Our father in Heaven really does love HIM. I started thinking about my
baptism. I knew my baptism (when I was 8) wasn´t just a fun party. But, it was
a way to covenant with my Father in Heaven that I truly do want to return to
his prescience. That´s what we are doing here. That does NOT mean that every
day will be perfect. I committed tons of errors after my baptism. But, every
time I fell down, he helped me back up. Jefferson told me that he knows he won’t
be perfect, but because of that decision to be baptized, he has a way to repent
and try and be better each day. I LOVE the testimony of people recently
converted! I wanted to invite each one of you to do a favor for me! I am
needing some help with some other people who aren´t sure if baptizing is the
right choice. I wanted to ask each one of you to write me a small email about
your conversion or about your baptism! I KNOW that just one small email will be
able to change someone’s life. And I will be able to email back about the
miracle that happened!
Another thing that I noticed is that a lot of people in this
area don´t believe in God. I found a talk in the Liahonna about how we need to
be testimonies at every moment! In words and actions! I wanted to attach the
article for you guys to read! It is SOOO GOOD! lol I know that the enemy works
really hard, but there is no way he will ever compare to the power of our
testimonies! I love each one of you soo very much! I hope you have an amazing
Sempre com amor,
P.S. I attached the Audio if you want to just listen and the
article if you want to read it!
This week was soo great! We were soo focused on our work! We had soo many members willing to help us this week! I was thinking a lot this week about what type of member I want to be when the time comes that my mission ends. I thought a lot this week about how much more difficult this week would have been had we not had the help of members!
We had the chance to baptize 2 young men named Gustavo, 15 yrs, and Douglas, 8yrs! They are super great! They arrived at this ward and didn’t know ANYONE. When they got there, the Primary really took Douglas in. He was reading, singing, and really participating in the activities. And with Gustavo, the other young men didn’t even think for a second before inviting him to sit with them. He told on his first Sunday at church that he was invited to play soccer during the week with them. I am soo grateful for the courage these young men have to open their mouths and help their brothers!
Nathalia was another young girl , 14yrs, the girls here are soo great! They treated her like she was already a member! They invited her to the activities and they helped her every time she didn’t know the meaning of something! Without their help She would NOT have decided to be baptized.
Ana Kelli, 23 years old, has 2 daughters that LOVE the Primary! A lot of times it´s through the children that the adults gain their testimony! If the primary didn’t help them feel comfortable and loved, I KNOW that they wouldn´t have asked their mom to come back! But, they did! They started to wake her up just to come to church on Sunday. I am soo grateful for these members here in Porto Alegre. This ward is called Chácara das Pedras! I LOVE every second of being here!
I wanted to invite each one of you to do something new. If you are a member of the church then the invite is to get to know someone you don’t already know in the church. I know these wards are HUGE! There is no way that every single person knows every person! But, know that we can get to know them!
If you aren’t a member, get to know someone that is a member! Not just to join the church or to be converted! But to really know what The Mormons believe! I know that we can help our brothers and Sisters !I know that we all have the same Father in Heaven. He wants us united!
I attached a really good talk about all of this! I hope you guys have time to read it!!
Going away party for Sister Ropke! It was her last Sunday
here and it was her birthday so we thaught we would do a little something! She
LOVED the dress and now she can return home with a little bit of sass! lol