Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Week 60: Milagres
Central Falls in on FIREEEEEEEEEE! Not literally. But spiritually :)
So many good things happened this week. Let's see if I can tell you about all of them with the time I have!
Monday night we taught Keila and Nataviah (the 2 7-year olds from the Silveiras that like church) aboutSam and Fubeca Freddy. Those mice teach them all about how to act on Sundays haha, it was Elder Araujo's idea. They really liked it though!
We taught Maria Silveira about commandments and prayer. She is really good at praying, and she actually will pray with us there, unlike some of our other investigators. She is so excited to be baptized with Walter and Paulinho :) Later that night we also visited Zito and Filomena. It was a super late appointment, but we taught the whole Plan of Salvation and talked about baptisms for the dead and everything. They loved it! We didn't quite set a baptismal date though..... the elders ended up doing that later :)
Also,was Sister Couto's year mark, so we celebrated by going to get frozen yogurt at--you guessed it--Tutti Frutti! They had one in the Providence Mall, so we enjoyed ourselves a little trip down memory lane and some frozen goodness. They did not have a nutella flavor, but I did put nutella on my yogurt.
That night the elders set a date with Zito and Filomena and another guy, Anilo, to be baptized on! Wahooooo!
After we finished, the Spanish elders led us and the English sisters into one of the Primary classrooms, turned the lights on, screamed "let the games begin!" and ran out, slamming the door behind them. And thus began the Great Service Adventure. (sorry, that's a terrible name)
Basically the Portuguese Elders had set up this entire scavenger hunt around the church building and their apartment building for us and the other sisters! It was absolutely hilarious. I have 11 videos from it because one of the rules of the game was that we had to film everything. We also had these different challenges--we had to each to a card from the game Quelf, plus 10 jumping jacks in skirts, among other things. It was super duper fun. I love the missionaries I serve with here in Central Falls. They are the greatest.
The rest of the day was weekly planning! We also visited Rosie with the En sisters, which is always a good time. I've talked about her before, I'm sure. She's a firey one! But so funny. One thing she tells us often is that we text her at just the right time--we try to send her some scriptures to read every so often, and lately they have been getting to her at exactly the time that she needs them. Trust me, we have NO idea about those things. In fact, from our point of view, we always forget and never send the texts on time. But the Lord knows her, and He definitely directs us as we try to help her come back to church. He is so aware of all of our needs!
And there you have it!
We now have 7 baptismal dates for the month of September, and we are planning on setting 3 more. The Lord is definitely hastening His work here in Central Falls, and it is an amazing thing to be a part of it.
Also, this week I decided that I will leave school and work and things like that for when I get home. That means that I will only do the absolutely necessary things while I am here (aka get an Ecclesiastical Endorsement from President Miller, that has to be done here I'm pretty sure) and leave the less necessary things (picking classes, looking for a job) for once I'm home. Part of me is a little nervous about classes and things, but I promised the Lord that I would not worry about it and just do missionary work, as long as He would help me get the classes I need and guide me in the way He wants me to go. I know He will help me, so I'm not worried :)
Which actually means Mom, Dad, could you help me get some housing for when I get back? I feel like that is probably one of the more necessary things I probably should do before I get home. I know I'm really early, but the sooner it's all set, the better I'll feel.
For now, I have a lot of work to do here!! This is my time to truly serve the Lord, so I'm going to sprint all the way until. There are too many things to do to worry about afterwards.
I love you all and hope you have a great last week of summer! Don't be too sad--all of the kids here start school, so at least you have one more week than them.