Minha linda família,
I am so happy! This week was a week filled
with amazing lessons and lots of the spirit. I am loving the work! It is
so good to work with all your heart might, mind, and strength and see the
fruits of your efforts. We marked 4 more baptismal dates this week. We
have started working in an area way faraway from the center of town.
These distant places have never seen missionaries because the
missionaries always walked, but now we have Bikes!!! And so the work is
continuing and spreading. We are hitting this little neighborhood called
Santa Catarina. It is a small little town, where an American, white,
blond, and blue eyes girls calls a lot of attention. Everyone acts so
funny when I say that I am from the United States - like it is some huge privilege to have me step inside their house. We ride our bikes to
this neighborhood several times a day as we work around lunch
appointments and appointments in downtown. It is the perfect work out
every day! I forgot how addicted I am to exercise and bike riding. It
makes it even better to have a gorgeous Brazilian background.
This week was another holiday called Quadril or something and
everyone dresses up like farmers and they have dances and rodeos and fun
things like that. So there was a lot of parties and music and lots of
beer and drunk people all week. We walked through the fair type thing
and looked at the HUGE bulls and cows. And took some fun pictures and
ate some delicious Brazilian food.
But this week:
We had conference of our branch and I played
the piano--and will be playing the piano for the branch. One thing I am
learning from this experience. If you start to learn something finish
learning it or don't even bother to start at all. Mom always said I would
regret not learning the piano. And she was never right until now. I
want to help this little branch feel the spirit through the hymns but it
is awfully hard when they have to sing the same hymns every Sunday.
(How great thou art, sweet hour of pray, Come unto Christ ) We
bought a simplified version of the hymns so hopefully things will start
looking better. Mason, Keni and Jens. Don't quit! Keep learning the piano.
At least the hymns. The little kids here are all amazed that I play and
sit on the front row and watch me play. A lot of them have never seen a
keyboard before until they come to church. It is so cute. And really
good that they sit quietly.
Estefani got baptized this week! Remember him, he was in Minas. And
he baptized this last week!!! Yay! I was so happy to hear that. He will
make such a good member. And another girl I taught there got baptized
this week as well.
I haven't been getting a lot of sleep. Sister Cunha and I stay up
really late talking. She is so great, and I am loving and learning so
much working with her. She is a little fireball of a missionary and I
can only hope to become a missionary like her. But we are loving the
work, and teaching everyone everywhere.
Thanks for the b-day wishes everyone and my b-day was great. The Reeses bars were absolutely wonderful!!!! I almost ate the whole thing
by myself. My birthday started with fasting and was filled with lots of
lessons and lots of work, and ended with those heavenly Reeses bars and
ended with going to bed early! It was a great day. The next day we had
district meeting in another city and had to wake up at 4 am. But it was a wonderful day and I am so happy that you guys had fun too on my special
day. It has been a great 22 years and I am looking forward for the rest
80 and some odd....
Love you all so much!!!
Muitas felicidades e amor!