my goodness gracious, remember than one time how time is just FLYING right on by!?? so nuts. but this week has been just wonderful all the way around! lemme tell you why - -
JUNIOR IS FIRME TO BE BAPTIZED ON SUNDAY!!!! holy rollercoaster ride of a process, but it´s still a green-light GO and he is so pumped and is telling all his friends on facebook, inviting all his friends + family members...all the youth in our ward are CRAZY pumped....its going to be a baptism to remember!! like they always are, of course. (; but this is just, AH. going to be the best of the best! the first time i can honestly say i´ve seen an investigator go through the conversion process...in the purest way possible. from not believing that God even existed...to offering to say prayers and really talking with God just like a son talks with his father....and the cherry on top was yesterday afternoon when we went to teach him and one of his friends, Rodrigo was there. and he invited him to take part in our lesson and then Rodrigo said the closing prayer and was thanking God for his friend (Junior!) helping him learn more and (because my eyes were opened because I was guiding Rodrigo through how to say a prayer) i was able to see the HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE grin come across junior´s face as he watched his friend start along the same path that he´s started on, just under two months ago. ah! this gospel just keeps on giving back. the joy, everything. we are changed by the gospel, then we help others find this felicidade in the gospel, and then they help other people find this felicidade....and its just a huge HAPPY-fest. and i LOVE it! ahhh! i love being a misssionary! (:
on that note - - quick side note. i´m totally stealing sister hirz´s idea and i´m going just to ask one thing for christmas - - i know you guys usually take down all the christmas decorations and tree on january 1st - - - but do you think you could wait to take it down til like....january 24th this next year?? (: i LOVE being home for christmas, but obvi i´m still gonna be here in december, haha. just a thought....! dk can still get the snowman poop this year though, that´s okay with me (;
ALSO. i just have to say please be patient with me in advance because i´ve been trying to speak english this past week or so every once in awhile with american missionaries and it just...doesn´t....come out....very well.. hahahhaa. i´ve literally forgotten words and its actually kind of frustrating to forget your native tongue but when you live with 5 sisters who none of them really speak english...its hard to remember. lol. just be paitent with me come skype time at christmas and especialyl when i get home. i can still write in english but speakings a bit rough. PATIENCE. that´s all i ask! (:
also. i got bit by a cat this week. that was a hilaroius experience i´ll have to tell you about another time.
but somethign really neat! yesterday at church our bishop read a letter that he said would be read in every ward/branch throughout brazil from the area presidency of brazil. basically brazil (especially int he south) is having a LOT of problems with water shortage/lack of water entirely. so the area presidency is inviting all the members in brazil to come together this saturday - sunday in a country-wide fast that Heavenly Father (if it is His will) will open the windows of heaven and give us (brazil) rain to fill up a water reserve that we need. It was really neat andb asically i´m really excited to fast on saturday. we´ve only ever done a mission-wide fast once....and this will be the first time i´ll be taking part in a united effort fast like this. i think it´s really neat and i have a huge testimony of the power of fasting that i´ve definitely had strengthened here on the mission...
i talked with president bigelow today about tithing (getting my temple recommend renewed! can you believe it mama + daddy that it was almost 2 years ago when i got my first recommend!?! time flies so crazy fast!) and it was really neat how he said tithing is a law of faith....just like fasting. it´s really all aboutwhere your heart is. he explained that we can go without eating in a fast for 24 hours...but if we aren´t starting and ending with prayer...if we aren´t thinking about our purpose for fasting during our fast....etc...we´re just going hungry for 24 hours. haha. its the same with tithing - - basically if we´re giving all our talents and time to the Lord, we´re full tithe payers. even if we don´t earn a single dime or pay a single dime in a year...at tithing settlement, we can still be full tithe payers, if our hearts are fully dedicated to the Lord. it´s all about where your heart´s at...
and that´s your food for thought for the week. (: you know how each year you´ve gotta get a physical check up? here´s your spiritual check up for this year if you´ve yet to do one (or even if you have) that i read in my personal study this week - -
(just pretend these are my words to you) - -
Alma 5 verses 14-16, 19, 26-34, 43-51, 53-54, 57-58, 60, + 62.
(: i love you all. SO stinking much! i hope you never ever EVER forget it. a coupla weeks back when we got new elders in our ward, they bore their testimonies and basically said ´´this is an awesome ward, you guys are really working hard...but there´s still a lot of room for improvement´´.
and these are now my words to you. you are all wonderful. and such fab examples to me in SO many ways. but! there is still SO much room for improvement. figure out what your ´´favorite´´ sins are and get rid of them. humbly seek your Father in Heaven to help you overcome these things. i promise you that if you ask with faith, He will answer and He WILL help you overcome these difficulties! I´ve seen this firsthand in myl ife and the lives of others here on the mission.
i love you. te amo. ao luna + volta! (: please keep making good choices (and repent, and get back on track to making the right decisions) so that we can all be together forever, okay? there´s absolutely nothing at all that i could possibly want more than that.
Sister Kron (: