FAMILIA!!!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT'S 2016?! Wow this year flew by. It literally seems like just yesterday I was at BYU but no...that was a whole year ago. Man time flies. And speaking of, I hit 5 months this past week. Wow ditty wow wow. That's kind of crazy.
Anyways this week was awesome! We started teaching two younger people (and by younger I mean 14 years old) who have a really strong desire to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized! One, Maria Eduarda, is Jaciara's sister. She attended Jaciara's baptism and came to church these past two Sundays! She is super animada to learn about the gospel and even before we started teaching her, she had already started reading the Book of Mormon! Then we have Lucas. He is Jaciara's and Adrieli's friend and when we started teaching Jaciara, he was there for the first couple lessons but then hid on us. But a couple Sundays he came to church with two of his friends! That week, we decided to revisit him and see how he was doing. Well we did just that, and he had been thinking a lot about baptism and what we had marked for him to read no Livro de Mórmon. Ele também decided he wanted to be baptized! He has a huge desire to learn about the church and is sempre searching for and asking questions. He is also really interested in the priesthood and has a strong desire to prepare, pass, and one day bless the sacrament. Ah guys Maria Eduarda and Lucas are awesome! I really don't think that when Adrieli (who is a member) invited us over to teach Jaciara, that it would have this big of an effect. But the happiness you get by living the gospel is just so contagious that how could someone not want to learn more and live it? Ah I love being a missionary and seeing excited other people are to learn about the gospel!
Guys guess what?! I did a street contact in English this week! We were walking down the street when Sister Marquina stopped to talk to a man. Even before she could start, he said, "sorry I don't speak Portuguese." Ah well I was super excited because I could actually fully communicate with him and understand 100% what he was saying! So I started to talk, but it didn't turn out the best it could have because I kept saying Portuguese words instead of English but in the end, I got my point across and visited him yesterday. So yesterday we taught about Jesus Christ and the example He set for each one of us when He was baptized. And this time, my English was a little bit better and what was even more awesome is that Sister Marquina speaks enough English that she could understand and communicate with him também! It was an awesomley different experience! And thanks to the CTM in Provo, I had all the pamphlets in English so we gave him one of the Restoration and are going back next Sunday to teach him! Ah! I'm excited!
Well I hope you all have a fantastic first full week of 2016! I love you all so very much! Thanks for all your support!