We find out tonight what my next 6 weeks are going to look like. But I'm honest and truly fine with whatever happens--if I get to stay in Cerquilho, I'll be ridiculously happy. But if the Lord needs someone else here...then I know that'll be what these people need. So--now we wait!
This week was CRAZY. We have so much work to do, it's wonderful. I've decided I'm going to have to write an entire letter about Mara and her family one day (I mentioned finding them last week), because these people are AMAZING! It is a complete miracle that we stumbled upon their family, and even more so that they've all just grasped onto the gospel like this. There's Edson and Mara, and four adopted kids--Gabi, Jean, Ana Beatriz, e Camily. And then there's Tamires, who's their daughter-in-law. We haven't taught her husband yet, but he's supportive of all of this. Every time we visit them, they have a whole list of questions about what they've studied or (for the girls) what kind of things that "mormons" can do, like what to wear, etc. Edson is reading the Book of Mormon and UNDERSTANDING EVERYTHING! The other day in a lesson he and a member we brought with us started getting into a pretty deep analysis of the first few chapters in 1 Nephi--comparing Lehi to Noah, and talking about the pattern that God calls prophets in every dispensation. And he's trying to stop drinking coffee, and read 1 Nephi 3:7 and applied it to his own life! He's amazing. Yesterday they all walked to church (except for Mara, because she physically can't...someone picked her up) in the RAIN for 45 minutes, and once they got there they all participated...we don't have a Gospel Principles class, and so they were in Gospel Doctrines studying D&C, and Edson still commented! This family is incredible. :)
I have absolutely loooooved the last couple of weeks. Sister Dutra and I super different, but we have the same work ethic and desire, so everything works out really well. We don't stop teaching/talking to people/planning for our investigators...almost ever! We study, leave the house on schedule, and don't stop to eat or come back untilmost days. (The latest we can stay out--because we almost always have someone to teach in the last slot!) It's an incredible experience, and more than ever I'm learning what it means to be a part of the Lord's army--here to serve Him with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. And I know that I have a long way to go, but I know we're on track. And we're being so blessed for it! We keep having people placed in our path that need to hear our message, or are looking for us. In the last two weeks, we've found 5 less active members that didn't have records here in Cerquilho just by talking to people on the street. Oh, one of them--we wanted to visit a less active member, and knew the name of the street but not the number. We were close to the street, so decided to try asking people if they knew where he lived. When we turned the corner, we saw a woman standing in a windowsill on the second story of a house, so went over to talk to her. As we were talking with her, the window from the first story house opened, and a woman stuck her head out. "You're missionaries? Come in, come in!" This was Edna...she moved here from Northern Brazil 5 months ago, and both her and her husband are members! The woman upstairs was her sister, and we started teaching her and her family as well. Oh, haha--and it turned out that we had already talked to her sons one Sunday morning and invited them to church! They had work then...but they're all receptive, so who knows what'll come of this!
Ok, time's out. I love you all, and it means sooo much to me that you all take the time to write to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Have a great week!