Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Week 23 Sousa, Brazil

This week, I will have been a missionary for 5 months. I can´t believe how quickly the time is passing. We worked with a lot of less-actives and recent-converts this week. We´re teaching Paulo, the brother of a really funny less-active, Chicão, who has the voice of a radio announcer. He loves the church and always talks about how true it is, so we´re not really sure why he doesn´t go. He´s really dramatic and finds our accents hilarious. It´s really fun to teach him and Paulo. 

We´re also teaching Alceno and his daughter Gabriela, who are getting ready to get baptized in a couple of weeks. Alceno is the cousin of another recent convert in our area, Cosmo, and he saw how much the gospel helped Cosmo change for the better and he wants to change too. Alceno and Gabriela always force potato chips and cocada (a dessert made with milk, sugar, and coconut cooked together that form a bar) whether we want it or not. We met a 15-year-old young man, Daniel, who got baptized a couple of years ago but hasn´t gone to church in a while. He´s great (even though he really makes me miss Josh) and he even pleasantly surprised us by showing up for church on Sunday in a white shirt and tie. :)

The best part of the week by far was Sunday. Francisco and Maria, recent converts in our area, have a son named Francinaldo who joined the church with them but has fallen back into drinking a lot of alcohol called cachaça. We woke up at 4:30 in the morning to get ready and go wake him up for church. We waited for him to shower and then we went to pick up Isaquiel, another recent convert who has problems with drinking. They were both still a little drunk from the day before and we didn´t trust them to walk alone to church, so we took them with us to pick up everyone else for church. We made them walk a decent amount and they were both complaining, which was hilarious to me since they´re 30-year-old men that could have gone home whenever they wanted but instead let themselves get dragged all around Sousa by a couple of 20-year-old sister missionaries. :) They were joking around with each other and being really funny. Isaquiel has a hilarious laugh, and because they were slightly drunk, it felt like we were babysitting a couple of children. The whole thing was ridiculous and entertaining. 

Then we got to church and it just got better. Cilene, my recent convert, bore the most beautiful testimony about how she knows the church and the Book of Mormon are true and how she´s grateful to God for sending us to help her find the church. She also received a calling to serve as 1st counselor in the YW program. And then Fábio, my other recent convert, gave the most perfect closing prayer in sacrament meeting! I thought my heart was going to burst with so much happiness. Missionary life is not easy, but it´s the moments like those that make it more than worth it. :)

All my love,
Sister Amy Weatherford

Pictures: me, and me and Sister Ochoa and the beautiful lunch we made together last P-day :)

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