Monday, July 20, 2015

Week 21 Sousa, Brazil

I love Brazil!

Yes, I love this place. It was an awesome week. By far, the highlights were Cilene and Daniel´s wedding and baptism. They got married on Wednesday, along with about 20 other couples (the cartório designates one day per month to perform civil marriages) and they were so darn cute. We helped Cilene do her hair and nails and makeup and she looked beautiful. After the wedding, we all ate a delicious lunch together at their house. Then on Saturday , they got baptized! Lots of members from the ward attended and helped out, giving talks and bringing cakes, and I was really grateful. Fábio (yes, our recent convert!) gave the talk about baptism and he was super nervous and it was adorable. He did an awesome job though and talked about how he´s grateful that we (the missionaries) didn´t give up on him and that he knows that this is the place Heavenly Father wants him to be. Cilene wasn´t too excited about the jumpsuit at first, but it all worked out. :) I think the best part, though, was that they fed us lunch on Sunday. Cilene had signed up on the missionary calendar the week before, so we and the two elders in our branch ate at their house. The lunch was absolutely beautiful and it was obvious that Cilene had done everything possible to make it special. Daniel gave the prayer and thanked Heavenly Father for that special, familiar moment. I remember that way back when we started teaching them, I pictured in my mind Cilene feeding the missionaries one day. I didn´t know that my dream was going to come true so early. I can´t explain how wonderful Cilene and Daniel are and how much I love that family. Once during a lesson with them, I opened my eyes during the closing prayer and the sight of them and their daughter sitting together with eyes closed praying to Heavenly Father made me so happy I wanted to cry. I feel so incredibly blessed to have met them and Fábio. They are truly special people and I feel so lucky to have found them. 

Other than that, the week was normal. I discovered that I really love maracujá ice-cream and brigadeiro-encrusted waffle cones (why don´t those things exist in the US?) and that I really hate Brazilian taxis. They drive like maniacs and it´s enough to make anyone want to vomit. We had interviews with President Soares and he gave me lots of really good advice that I´m excited to put into practice. All in all, everything is great here. I love my companion, I love Brazil, but most of all, I love being a missionary. Missionary life is tiring, but it is the best. Sending my love from Sousa!

Oh, and beware that I´m going to send a bunch of pictures.

The beautiful bride
The wedding kiss
Beautiful family <3
Us with Cilene and Daniel
Me, Cilene, Daniel, and Damiana (Cilene´s sister) 
Cilene and Daniel signing at the cartório
Beautiful couple!! 
Selfie waiting for the wedding to start :)
More baptism and lunch on Sunday :)

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