Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 45 Cidade Verde Natal, Brazil

Happy New Year! This week on P-day, we spent the afternoon with an awesome family in our ward. Their names are Paraguassu and Yusha, but we call them Painho and Mainha because they treat all of the sisters as their daughters. They have three kids, Rebeca, Josh, and Isaque, and an unofficially adopted daughter named Jessi. They´ve traveled a lot to the United States and invited us and the other four sisters from our district (who are from the Pirangi ward which meets in the same chapel) over to make cinnamon rolls. Then on Tuesday, we also spent the evening with them because Sister Nunes skyped her family in their house (she didn´t skype on Christmas day because her family was traveling). Jessi is absolutely obsessed with the Backstreet Boys, so she pulled out her guitar and she, her sister Rebeca and I sang together. We also got to eat açaí with them. It was way fun :)

It was a good teaching week. A recent-convert young woman, Vitória, went out with us one day to help us, and we´re finding good people to teach. We taught Maria, the woman who went to church last Sunday, and she left it very clear to us that even though she loved her visit, she has absolutely no intention of "becoming Mormon" and leaving her church (Presbyterian). We also taught Sandra, who is even more stubborn than Maria. (Sandra is Ítala´s mother-in-law, who have both visited the church several times and love us). Sandra is Catholic by tradition, even though she´s not active right now, and she also told us that she does not in any way want to stop being Catholic to become Mormon. So we asked her to say a simple prayer, asking God what she should do. She said she´s already certain that the Catholic church is right for her and therefore doesn´t need to ask God, so we told her that if she´s already so sure, what does it hurt to ask God and make sure? But she´s so stubborn that she refused and we couldn´t convince her.

One thing I´ve learned on my mission is that Brazilians love chocolate chip cookies. Seriously. Every time I make cookies for someone, they beg me for the recipe and beg me to make more. On New Year´s Eve, we didn´t do anything special besides going out for açaí (yes, açaí is my addiction). We went to bed at 10:30, but woke up at midnight to try to watch the fireworks that went off on the beach, but there were hardly any and it was a letdown. But we screamed "Happy new year" out of our window before going back to sleep :) 

I hope everyone had a happy new year and had a chance to reflect on the past year and make some resolutions. 2016 is going to be a great year!

Sister Amy Weatherford

I attached pictures of our district and of me and my gorgeous companion.

It´s been raining a lot here and it´s beautiful!

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