I JUST LOVE EVERYTHING TODAY. and most days that i have been a missionary. and i hope the rest of my life is like this. being a missionary you really have the highest highs and lowest lows...but it´s really neat that i´ve realized that everyone (members or non-members) has difficulties. has high points and low points. but for the people that have the gospel in their lives - - it is SO MUCH EASIER to focus on the positives! to recognize that at the end of the day, if you´re trying to choose the right and make good choices and really perseverar até o fim - tudo estará bem contigo! it´s all going to work out! and i´m completely + totally convinced of all of this, especially after the kinda week we had here in Carmelo 2! oh! and i forgot to say last week - transfers came + went and i´m still here in carmelo 2 finishing Sister Lima´s training for another 6 weeks! and for those of you keeping score at home - - i only have ONE more transfer after this one! heaven knows my heart will be ripped out of my chest (again) if i get transferred out of carmelo 2 for the last transfer of my mission...but heaven knows i trust in Presidente Bigelow and I know he´s inspired and whatever happens, happens.
and mostly...I AM GOING TO BE HERE TO SEE JUNIOR GET BAPTIZED ON THE 16TH OF THIS MONTH! and that will be the happiest of happy days!! (: (: ((((((((((:
basically this week has been a ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. how many times have you heard me say that in the past year and 3 months?? haha. but for real! sister lima has been crazy sick and so we spent a good part of our week at the hospital português or having her rest at home. talk about adventures....and talk about how i´m never again going to give our cell phone number out on pass-along cards to people (which usually we do so they can contact us to learn more, so that´s actually pretty normal) - - but the stories as to why on that one will have to wait til post-mish. hahaha (:
but really! sister lima is a whole lot better and really if you can keep her in your prayers this week that´d be fab so she can keep getting better! so we can....you know...WORK. (:
oh! ps random note. did you guys know that on 23 october i celebrated one year living in BRAZIL!? it was a happy happy day!! and every day since then is still crazy happy, too. (: i love brazil. and sadly i found out that i cant bring anything with seeds in my suitcases home (sad day....), so you guys will have to come to brazil one day to try maracujá, acerola, cajú, cajá, manga, and all kinds of other fruits that don´t exist in the states ):
BUTTTTTT good news?! i found out i can take a panela de pressão home with me!!! AKA I CAN MAKE YOU ALL BRAZILLIAN FEIJÃO!! ahhhhhh talk about best news ever!! i literally die when i can´t eat feijão any given day....i´ll teach you all how to make it, too. you better brace yourselves for lots of brazillian eats when i get home - - i´m learning a ton and basically brazillian foods (healthy foods) > most american foods. LOL. but you´ll love it!! ....i hope! (;
okay! but back to the real news of the week - - JUNIOR! ahhhhhhh!!! friends, family, loved + dear ones - - words cannot ever possibly describe how SO crazy neat this past month + a half has been with junior!! i am keeping track of all the little details here on this side of the world, so i can tell you in full when i get home (: but rest assured, PRAYERS ARE SO TOTALLY ANSWERED and i could TOTALLY feel this past week that it wasn´t just me praying for junior and for everything to work out with his baptism and getting permission from his mom and so many other little details....ah! the power of prayer is totally real!! we had a crazy big FHE at junior´s house monday night (last monday night) because he had told us one of his biggest fears was that he´d get baptized but the youth wouldn´t like him...ummmmm só que não! (: we told this to the youth (and for the record - junior´s crazy because the youth in our ward totally love him!! haha) and they jumped right on the bandwagon saying ´´let´s do an fhe at his house! who can bring cake? who can bring guaraná? who can bring coxinhas?!´´ and it went from there and they planned EVERYTHING and then at the end they looked at sister lima + i and were like ´´oh...are you guys going to come too?´´ LOL. i absolutely LOVE the youth in this ward! they are all so crazy pro-active and inspiring and they really just, LOVE everyone! and want everyone to feel the love that our Savior has for EVERYONE! ahhh! (:
long story short....junior´s getting baptized on the 16th!!! that will be the best of best days!! (: miracles are real....we did his baptismal interview (pre-interview, in front of his mama so she wouldn´t be so afraid as to him knowing what he´d be doing as being a member of the church etc etc etc) and at the end of the interview junior was just, BEAMING, and he just looks at us and is like ´´well...i guess i´m gonna put this away for good´´ (taking his earring out of his ear) and his mom turns around and just is like ´´are you kidding me?? i spend my whole life pleading with you to take that thing out of your ear - - and NOW you´re taking it out?´´
and junior´s, sweet, 100%, honest reply?
´´i didn´t take it out before because you were obrigando (aka forcing) me to take it out. now i´m taking it out....because i want to.´´
((((((((((((((((((((((((((: oh my happiness and joy and just so many other things and feelings i can´t even begin to describe. junior GETS it! he totally gets it! this is not the gospel of forcing people into the baptismal font or obliging anyone to do anything - - The Gospel of Jesus Christ is about INVITING EVERYONE to come unto Christ....and the simple fact is just like it says in 2 Nephi 33:1 - the Holy Ghost will carry this message of joy TO the heart of the people we teach - it´s just the investigator´s job to open his heart up + let that message in. and lemme tell you....once you´ve let him in, you never, EVER want him to leave. (: because this gospel CHANGES LIVES. literally and in every stinkin way possible.
I LOVE THIS GOSPEL. i love all of you! i know that the Holy Ghost works through a still, small voice.
the second time we were getting ready to go to the hospital, we felt the need to prepare a mochila with clothes to take, in case we would need to spend the night there with sister lima in observação. as we were leaving, i asked if we could say a prayer kneeling before leaving, because i felt like i was forgetting something. as we knelt to pray, i felt so blessed to have the parents i have who raised me always taking the time to be calm and say a prayer together, kneeling in our front room, before going on any big trips. i always always in the past remembered what i had forgotten. and i knew it would be the same here.
just that when we finished our prayer...i realized i had forgotten to grab one thing (a sweater), but i also felt impressed to pick up a book of mormon and have it in our hands as we went out the door. that was really strange because we already had our hands (and backpack) full - - but i followed that prompting and we went to the bus stop. can you imagine what happened the moment the bus showed up and i walked on?
a voice from the middle of the bus -´´hey sister!! do you have a book of mormon??´´
...prayers are SO answered. Heavenly Father is real. because i followed that prompting (and i couldnt keep myself from smiling as i realized He had answered this young man´s prayer and i testified to him that Heavenly Father KNOWS and loves him!), i ended up talking to this wonderful young man, recently married, not active in the church, not yet sealed to his wife and young daughter...but who had a testimony stilll and had been looking for a book of mormon to give to a friend of his.
we are here on earth to be the answer to other people´s prayers. Heavenly Father generally uses US as answers to the prayers of others. I am a testimony of that. that has happened more times than i can count to me, especially on my mission.
Heavenly Father KNOWS and LOVES EACH and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU. think of someone you know who may not know that and please share that with them today. accompanied with a smile - - nothing is better than that (:
The Church is true...the book is blue...and i absolutely LOVE being a representative of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!!!!!!!!! (:
tenham uma ÓTIMA semana, queridos!! (:
Sister Kron (: