Time here has flown by so quickly here. I am excited to start the next chapter in my mission journey and to be able to get the medical attention that I need. This week was a really eye opener that what I am doing is correct and that the Lord is directing my every move.
This week we received buckets of rain which makes it difficult to work when you do not have a lot appointments. We also spent two days in the hospital here because Sister Cortez was having severe pains in her stomach and headache for the past week or so. Apparently, a lot of missionaries here in Manaus have been having problems with this so it may be something with the water or food that members or investigators give us. Luckily I have not had too many problems and will start taking the Parasite medicine today.
Jéssica is progressing really well! She is has become very, very good friends with the daughter of the bishop, going over to play with her a couple of times this last week. I am hoping that this will help her parents even more want to be part of the church and maybe do a FHE with the Bishop’s family. When we tried doing one with all of Jéssica’s family, they said that it would be too confusing for their catholic roots. One step at a time! Jéssica was confirmed this Sunday and seems to be committed to coming every week.
Carlos, the 9 year-old brother of Jéssica, was given permission to be baptized by his mom but he is very, very, very timid. We are thinking of giving him an electronic game that Sister Cortez won from Secret Santa and a little poster of computer paper that I will make that says something like you are a child of god or other spiritual phrase. We are hoping that this helps open the doors a little bit more for him.
As for the parents, we found out that her father cannot read and is trying to learn how. So we asked that she could be an example and read the Book of Mormon for her father with Carlos. This family has so much potential and I will be really sad to leave them.
We will be having FHE with Ruth and her family today at the home of the bishop. She is an inactive member and wants to get married and baptize her two boys that are of age. She is a great person and I hope that we will be able to help her start in a new direction in her life.
We are hoping to have Daisy decide on a date this week but as I am leaving Thursday, we will have to mark it for the coming week or next. This will allow time for the new missionaries coming in to teach and interview her.
All in all, my time here is closing and I feel it. I was talking to our Bishop the other day and he said some really inspiring words for me…”Some people grow quicker then others. When I went home after one year of the mission because one of my past surgery wounds reopened, I was devastated but I soon realized that what I learned in the year of serving was what I needed to be a successful servant of the Lord in my ward and family…Some missionaries come through here and it is like they weren’t here but I can truly say that you left a positive mark here in the ward and you will truly be missed…”
I love this mission, the people and the opportunity I had to serve here. I am hoping to use my talents and new language to help someone in my future mission somewhere in the USA. 🙂 Thank you for all the support and love! I love everyone of ya’ll!
Eu sei que esta igreja é verdadeira e só por meio ela que podemos receber todas as bênçãos do Senhor. O Pai Celestial sabe nossos desafios e está pronto para ajudar. Nós só precisamos peguntar e sermos pronto a seguir tudo ele vai pedir. A missão sempre valerá a pena. Em nome de Jesus Cristo, nosso Redentor, Ámen.
Vós Amo muito!