Oct 28, 2013–Boa Viagem, BRAZIL

Oi Minha família! Como vocês estão?
I love you all. Just wanted to say I loved getting your e-mails and even letters from the Goodman’s, Mattie and my friend Erika from Michigan. Thank you! Getting mail is the greatest on the mission, that and milagres (miracles) :).
I am having a hard time thinking about this week-it was a blur. Nothing HUGE happened besides the other sisters getting robbed at gun point the other night. They were jumped by some 13/14 year olds that snuck up behind them when they were leaving their área to come home. They grabbed  their back packs saying to give it all over. The sisters saw the gun and slipped off the backpacks and the boys ran off. Sister Maxwell said she yelled after them “I only have a bible!” hahaha. No one was hurt and the sisters felt completely calm during the robbery. We are protected as servants of the Lord, that’s all I can say.
Thinking….the language is coming along better. I can understand more! but other times I still feel like I no nothing-thank you diferente accents! ARGH! haha
  Camilla’s baptism is still on for this sunday after church! We are so excited she is awesome. I love her so much. We went and talked with her more about baptism and the baptismal interview questions and she is so prepared. She is so cute, as we asked her about the questions she pulled out a notebook and began writing them down to think about them later haha. She’s been listening to church music at home too when she cleans the house. 🙂 It’s amazing to me to see someone so lit up by the gospel. Here is a girl thats 14, no parentes, goes to school and Works at the apartment she lives in everyday while watching/taking care of her cousin (son of the aunt she lives with). It’s amazing. She is so happy and eager to come to church and to learn more about the gospel. I continue to see in the lives of the members here such Faith and dedication to the gospel and the happiness that it brings.
For example, a member of our bishopric lives in a favela, and the Bishop himself doesn’t even have a car. We had almoço (lunch) at their casa yesterday and he rode home on his bike which is CAKED in rust and super beat up. Humbling? Yes. Com certeza.
I was actually Reading this morning about Faith with the Brother of Jared in Ether. Love that story. I find it so sad that we live in a world of disbelief as a whole. I feel like there is so much negativity and doubt that swarms around us, I know as a missionary I have definitely felt that from the adversary. So my piece of advice and wisdom is to do what presidente Utchdorf asked of us this last conference. “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your Faith!”. Just believe, just hope, just nourish that Faith you do have or a desire to believe (alma 32) and watch the Lord strengthen it. I know every time we try to draw closer to Him He truly does draw closer to us. I feel so blessed in my own Family to have a Father that I know would never turn me away, never ever. And so it was with our Heavenly Father how He bades us to come unto Him and feel of His love. We must trust Him and believe in Him even if that’s all we can do at the time.
I LOVE the message that we bring to people. A message of hope. Truth that change can happen and that wounds can be healed, a message that brings a light to illuminate the darkened past that many feel will remain that way. I honestly wish everyone we teach and find could instantly understand and feel what I feel about this gospel. And that I am contente and happy because I know who my Heavenly Father is, and I am His daughter who WILL return to Him again because of the light that has illuminated me. I know this gospel is true. It is the same everywhere around the world because it is CHRIST’s very same gospel. Purê and true.
Eu amo vocês.
Remember to just believe. Mosiah 4:9 (9-12)
Sister McCleve
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Oct 21, 2013– Boa Viagem (Recife), BRAZIL

Oi família! K this is going to have to be super short.
Did I mention we have to pay to use the internet as we are timed 😦 not fun.
Really quick Transfers are today but sister Massagardi and I are staying here in BoaViagem for another 6 weeks. She will probably leave after and I will train or at least take over the área here for 1 or 2 more transfers so basically I’m probably going to be here until february talvez. That’s my guess anyways.
Sad News. Samuel is not getting baptized because he moved out of our área to go live with his dad? I dont know any other details….random but those are investigators for you. Sometimes things are so unpredictable and yet as missionaries we just have to roll with it. I am pretty bummed about that. But… let us all press on in the work of the Lord right? 🙂
We’re putting Camilla on date for baptism tonight and asking Lindalva to prepare for baptism too hopefully. AH scary. It’s hard teaching 2 diferente investigators at once if they’re not in a Family (friends) because they each have diferente needs but thats why the spirit is so IMPORTANT when you teach. The spirit is what helps us to now the needs and testify/change the hearts of these people…we are simply the catalysts to help.
Also Elias’1s divorce is finalized! And he came to church sunday and watched a baptism the other sisters had after church (remember we share a Ward with another companionship). Awesome! He is progressing but still seems to have some spiritual road blocks with his Faith. He really wants to be with Grazinha (his girlfriend-member) for eternity and he knows that the gospel comes first in her life. So I guess that’s why he’s been taking the missionary lessons but the last few times we have visited with him Sister Massagardi said little by little he is wanting to learn about the gospel for himself not just for Grazinha. So that’s good! We’re going to talk about developing Faith and how the book of Mormon can help us do so. He doesn’t believe in the bible or the book of Mormon yet….He had some rough experiences growing up with another Faith so again, he doesn’t really trust God and he used to not believe in God. Sad. But he is progressing so I’ll keep you posted. 🙂 I love him so much and have high hopes for him!
OKay to finish! Nos tivemos um milagre esta semana! (we had a miracle this week)!
On friday we were walking down the street after studies and it had been sort of a slow morning. I was feeling discouraged about the work and I had been praying in my heart that we would be able to teach people that day. As we continue to walk I noticed a little shiny thing on the ground realizing it was a coin purse. When I stopped to pick it up and opened it seeing no one else was around  I found it had money, credit cards and a drivers license all inside. No one else was around so we figured someone had dropped this and clearly had to be looking for it. Long story short- We spent all day trying to find the owner. After SEVERAL phone calls,a ton of walking (we didnt stop to sit for over 3-4 hours) talking with diferente people, we finally got in contact, met up with the woman at our chapel and were able to return the wallet to her. She was SO grateful and as we began talking with her she was very open to knowing more about who we were. We ended up giving her a tour of our chapel (she lives close by!) and gave her a BOM and prayed with her. She was in tears at the end of the prayer (we were sitting in the chapel alone) and said she felt so good. The spirit was so Strong and she said she had never felt this way with any other churches she’d been to before. We are going to start teaching her Family-yes A FAMILY!!!! this week hopefully. She said they’re moving soon though to Setúbal (out of our área) so we’re really hoping we can teach and baptize their whole Family together! Her and her husband have 2 kids. Her name is Maria Paula! TOTAL MIRACLE! what if I had not seen that wallet??? It’s so cool how the Lord Works. This work is true and it is His. I remember the moments and experiences like this and I am reminded of how importante it is to follow the spirit.
Love you all.
Love your sweaty-americana-missionaria!
1st Compainheiras! Sister Massagardi! Can you believe she is 38???

1st Compainheiras! Sister Massagardi! Can you believe she is 38???

Sister Orr and I inbetween general conference sessions (we watched them in english)

Sister Orr and I inbetween general conference sessions (we watched them in english)

pictures of our área Boa Viagem

pictures of our área Boa Viagem

pictures of our área Boa Viagem

pictures of our área Boa Viagem

Either apartments or favelas. No houses.

Either apartments or favelas. No houses.

look what I found in our apartment. It was already dead. SICK

look what I found in our apartment. It was already dead. SICK

We like to go this this Churrasqarinho stand during the week before returning home and her Family runs it.

We like to go this this Churrasqarinho stand during the week before returning home and her Family runs it.

Pigs fighting

Pigs fighting

Our zone (yes its quite small)

Our zone (yes its quite small)

Us with Maristella she is 6 and knows the gospel better than we do.

Us with Maristella she is 6 and knows the gospel better than we do.

Oct 14, 2013–Recife, BRAZIL

hey family!
okay so to answer some of your questions.

Sister Lima is from Osasco (part of Sao Paulo) and sister Massagardi is from

Its SUPER HOT here. I have never sweat so much in my life haha. Summer doesn’t start until like november december so I have a lot to look forward to haha. I hope I survive. The worst part is the humidity-it feels like you’re swimming in an invisible fog of sticky ick……yaaa that is how I’d best describe it haha.

Our area is called Boa Viagem its RIGHT on the beach and thats the name of our ward as well. Our stake is also Boa Viagem. Our ward is pretty small from what I saw yesterday-nice members though very friendly but maybe thats because I am new.

Yes the mosquitos are killer and although I use bug spray I brought it doesnt seem to help-like these guys are immune to it. My legs are covered in bug bites. They’re sneaky little devils. As far as I know I haven’t really heard about any natural remedies the people have here…I shall investigate more thoroughly. A lot of the food we eat has rice and beans, some sort of meat and either Guyarana-kind of like sangria or Coke (no I don’t like coke-I never have). Yes the food is delcious and I HAVE NOT GOTTEN SICK YET! HUrray 🙂 Just tired….really tired. It’s super difficult after almoco because you get so tired after eating and staying awake is the last thing your body wants to do. Discipline-self mastery I guess and praying to stay awake. The cakes and pastries here aren’t that great. The meat and fruit are awesome-my opinion.

No big bugs I guess cockroaches but I don’t really see them much. We keep our apartment pretty clean (it takes us lik 2-3 hours to clean it on pday because of how much dirt we bring in). I have realized that I will not see or step on carpet for the next 11 months haha because everything here is tile flooring or dirt. Funny thought. I think I might end up sleeping on the floor once summer comes (in a couple months) to keep myself alive-pictures soon to follow I am sure.

My mission president is from Sao Paulo and yes I have spoken english with him and its pretty good but he isn’t completely fluent pretty close though. Very military like and serious but loving. Really laid back at the same time-I think one thing I’ve really noticed that’s different about me compared to everyone else here is my sense of urgency. Everyone (including missionaries here) are very laid back. Focused sure but relaxed too.

So I have learned a lot this week that the Lord put me here to EMBRACE and change. I cannot change these people, my companion, the smells in favelas etc. I have to change and adapt and continue to move forward. I have never been so exhausted in my life. I can’t even tell you how depleted of energy I feel at the end of each day. It’s insane. I seriously could not keep serving a mission (including the physical spectrum) without the help of The Lord. This is His work. And He certainly helps us. There are so many differences here with the culture that I learn about and experience. It’s definitely different when you actually live somewhere rather than simply visiting for a vacation you really see, hear and experience so much more. Some moments it’s so difficult and frustrating (like why a baptism starts 1 1/2 hrs late and no one blinks an eye) !???? But I know I need to learn to love. LOVE LOVE LOVE. So I hope I can strengthen the love that I thought I had (I’m going to say it seems pretty miniscule right now) into so much more these next 11 months. Only Heavenly Father and continuing to serve will help me do this.

I can’t talk about everyone we see because we see A LOT of people. I still barely remember names and faces of anyone. Which stinks because I am normally pretty good with names but with brazilados-differente historia com certeza! We have Samuel-so cute! 11 years old inv. who’s mom passed away from cancer so he lives with his grandma who wants to get baptized too but her husband wont let her :(. He will be getting baptized either this sunday or next sunday depending on his behavior grandma said…..haha love it. He is awesome! He loves the church! I was sitting with him saturday at a baptism and he was looking through the hymnbook reading the lyrics. Love him so much. Camilla is another investigator who’s 14 and also likes the church, we’re going to try and put her on date for baptism this week as well she is so sweet. I do love the youth here so much, their hearts are HUGE. It’s so inspiring. We also have Elias who’s dating a member and he also accepted the invitation to be baptized but they’re living together and hes in the process of divorcing his other wife (with finalizing a divorce here the government process is soooo slow as is everything else in brazil). Tough situation there. We have a lot of other investigators but none are really progressing at this point. So we’re continuing to make contatos (contacts) with people to find those who are prepared to hear the gospel and make covenants with Heavenly Father.

I do want to talk about Manuel to finish. Manuel is a recent convert of 3 months now. He is single, in his late 60’s, lives alone in a favela and doesn’t know how to read. However Sister Massagardi and I went to visit him (it was my first time meeting him) so he could pay his tithing. He doesn’t know how to read the papers but Sister Massagardi helps him by filling it out because he knows its a commandment of the Lord. WHAT FAITH! My heart was so touched by his humble example of one who truly wants to follow Jesus Christ. Manuel is someone who has so little to give and yet he obeys because he knows its what the Lord has asked. Incredible. SO humbling to be there at his home and hear his testimony. And although I could barely understand the words I could feel his sincerety and love for The Lord. Amazing.

I continue to learn more each day with the culture and the language. I can understand people a little better when they speak slowly but still my head hurts a lot and I continue to sleep like a baby because of the mental and physical strain I go through day after day. Its been a wild ride. And like I said before I am just trying to embrace it all. I have felt your prayers and thoughts as I’ve been here. MUITO OBRIGADA! Seriously, I love getting emails from you all I feel so loved and supported and it makes a huge difference. I know the missionaries that are serving in your wards need to feel loved as well. They may look happy on the outiside but remember how difficult missions are and be sure to smile and get to know them better. It helps us out a lot.

Love you all. Transfers are next week and sister Massagardi thinks she might be leaving even though we’re supposed to be together 12 weeks for my training. Man oh man. I don’t even remember the names of streets so if she leaves I can’t imagine how I am supposed to “take over” the area. She is very loved here and knows this place like the back of her hand. I need more time! Ah! I’ll keep you posted once we find out. It would certainly be yet ANOTHER challenge on the mission (inside the mission itself) Heavenly Father would give to me to overcome. He’s helped me do that so many times so far. How blessed I have been for my trials and tribulations to learn and grow that much more. That’s basically a mission in a nut shell. Haha gotta love it.

Thank you for all you do and your examples to me over the years. Ate proxima semana
Beijos!
Sister McCleve
ps. The computers here are super tempermental therefore today I couldn’t send pictures. I will try and find away hopefully next week.

Oct 7, 2013–Recife, BRAZIL

Oi familia! tudo bem!?

Yes it happened I am finally here and dont have NEARLY as much time as I would like to write you but I will try to be quick and detailed.

1st of all-my head hurts each day but I sleep like a baby because of alllll the portuguese that I try to understand and speak haha wlike 10x more then the MTC so geoffrey and preston look out haha you’ve got another thing comin 🙂 its awesome though. People are patient with me and members especially will slow down because they really want me to learn. It’s quite cute actually. I love the people here. Just wish I could understand them-super frustrating oh my goodness. Hasn’t even been a full week yet so I need to (calmo) as my companion wqould say.

speaking of which..

2- I AM NOT TRAINING! haha its weird. But I’m still working hard and trying to pitch in what I can. My trainer is Sister Massagardi from Sao Paulo she’s 38 years old. She is awesome and sooo patient with me hahaha I feel so bad constantly asking her que significa? como se diz!? over and over again. She is a great missionary from what I’ve seen. We are in a tough area. Boa Viagem in Recife. We live with another companionship Sister Maxwell from Michigan (samestake of my last area bloomfield) but she goes home in dec. so her portugues is way good.She helps me a lot around the house haha. Her companion is a native as well Sister lima from Sao paulo also. Sister MAssargardi has been out 8 months so far. She is supposed to do the 12 week program with me so we’ll have at least 2 transfers together here in boa viagem-sweet. Hopefully by the time she leaves (i’ll probably stay) I can SPEAK FLUENTLY if not perfectly haha

3 I am in the city! And there is a lot of poverty and also rich people here. We live across the street from the praia (beach) soooooo beautiful its insane, we can’t swim of course but there are sharks anyways so nobody really does haha. The food is amazing of course. I still dont like the coke here (everyone claims coca cola here is better than the states but I still think its gross. ) Havent gotten sick yet, just a lot of mosquito bites (you never even see them-so annoying) that you wake up with randomly. The members here feed us almoco (lunch) pretty much every day. Lunch is the big meal here not breakfast or dinner.

4 We have A LOT of investigators but none are really progressing-brazilados (brazillians) are NOT commitment keepers or at least they’re not used to it anyways haha so its difficult. The ward is small, and we need to strengthen the trust with the members because of course there were some bad missionaries here-slackers. The members are not supportive at all of missionary work besides feeding us sooooo….going to work on that.

The hardest part so far is not knowing the languagew because I want to be able to see where theswe people are at ask them questions and understand them. But I can’t really yet. Each day I learn more but i have a long way to go. SO PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pray for me to learn portuguese so I can help these people both; membros, menos ativos e pesquisadores tambem. I know I can do so much but I feel like I am limited because o the language- it is SO frustrating. I have come a lot closer to the Lord because of it though. I hope my enthusiasm that I have always had will spark something in the members of the ward and with our investigators. I kinda feel like the area is dead….1st impression though.

I am so grateful to be here though really I cant believe I am finally here. I know I have so much to do-president made that clear but I am for once needing to step back and learn and watch my trainer (it’s been a while since I have been in such a position as you can imagine).

I love you all so much and I love the gospel. I got to watch conference in english on the 1st floor of the stake center with some other americanos (some elders and sister orr!) LOVED conference. i loved pres eyrings quote-there is joy guaranteed for the faithful. utchdorf-Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith. Elder Holland- hope is never lost. fix what you can if those are only small victories and be gateful for tem and be patient.

I have to go so sorry-this keyboard is really cruddy. Ill send pics when I can!

know that I am happy and challenged (dad I know you appreciate that) haha I continue to think that someday my mission will get easy HAHA nope. Never but that’s the best part is that with the Lord we can continue on. FOrward, pressing forward!

amor,

Sister McCleve

Em anexo a nossa foto do aeroporto.

Em anexo a nossa foto do aeroporto.

Mission logo

Mission logo

Oct 1, 2013–Recife, BRAZIL

Hey  familia! Ah I’m here and alive just getting a quick chance to email. It’s beautiful here! Don’t know where I am going yet 9area wise) but I am so so so excited. I guess you will all have to wait till next pday to hear from me. sorry 😦 also, we only get 45 minutes to email here each week because we have internet cafes mostly and time is limited so I’m not going to be able to write you individually as often. I am sooo sorry. But rules are rules and I am going to be obedient 🙂 I love you all and am SO EXCITED TO BE HERE! Missing michigan-weird adjusting but it feels so good and right to be here. The Lord has prepped me for this. Another challenge-language but the work ethic is there to push me along. Love you all so much. It would help if when you write to simply update me on whats going on. That way I can read and TRY to respond but if not I at least know how you”re all doing. I love speaking my broken portuguese so far haha I can’t wait for this language learning grind-my brain is exploding from talking and hearing portuguese after the famine haha I am soooooo loving it though. I am so happy. ah. AND EXCITED! did I mention that already? the mission seems a lot more rule-oriented compared to my last mission. But nothing too extremeplus-it’s up to president so I just obey what he wants. I will tell you all about my experience here next week!

xoxo por Minha compainheiras- continuar trabalhar ardualmente! eu te amo!

Sister McCleve
Oi! k heres the address for the mish office agora 🙂

dont know where im going yet so ill get you that address eventually.
xoxo
Sister Mackenzie McCleve
Brazil Recife Mission
Rua das Nifas 30
Boa Vista Recife Pernambuco
50070-050
Brazil

Sept 23, 2013–MI

Hi family!
Here are a couple highlights from this week.We tracted into a new investigator this week. We were going to stop by a less active who wasn’t home so we decided to just keep tracting in her apartment complex. We then knocked on John’s door. We told him we were missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sharing a message about Jesus Christ and how He can bless us. He then responded by saying; “Well how does this work? do I call you or do you give me some material?”. We responded by telling him we’d love to share it with him right then so he invited us in and we taught him the restoration lesson. He was very receptive and quite curious. He reads the bible each day (about a chapter) and he grew up catholic but hasn’t been super into church lately. He had a good friend that was LDS who he really respected and so he had a bit of background on the church. He was firing off questions to us that we answered-not contentious at all and it lead us right into teaching him the restoration. It was awesome. The spirit was there and I knew he felt it. He invited us back to teach him more which we did and we’re going back on friday. He has a daughter that walked in when we met the 2nd time and she didn’t seem very happy about us meeting with him. She’s not religious but “spiritual” she told us and ONLY reads the bible and that titles don’t matter (I’m seeing a pattern of Michiganders with this mentality). She asked what was different about our church and I told her that we have a prophet on the earth today who has the priesthood authority of God. She then argued that she had pastors that she listened to and I asked her where their authority came from. She paused for a moment, averted her eyes and hastily said “Well I just read the bible anyways and focus on having a relationship with Jesus Christ”. I responded  agreeing that having a relationship with Christ is so important also stating that the Book of Mormon was another testament of Jesus Christ and that our church is centered on Jesus Christ and His teachings. It was actually kind of funny, she seemed surprised, but still displeased. But anyways we’re praying that John will still want to meet friday and that his daughter won’t feed him some anti stuff by then or something like that. He is very receptive and prepared really searching for truth. We find new investigators-have an awesome lesson and then they drop off the face of the earth so we’re really hoping that we can actually keep meeting with John. Hopefully!

We met with Tenisha again this week-I love that lady so much. We watch the restoration movie with her and read out of the Book of Mormon. It breaks my heart that she too believes that we’re all the same and that titles don’t matter/there isn’t one true church. It’s been SO difficult with her- up and down. She is so receptive and yet won’t let go of this mentality of everyone being the same. I think it’s just going to take time with her. The more she learns about the church-general conference, family history, relief society, YM/YW programs etc. She absolutely loves it. She’s going to come to the I’m A Mormon fireside on thursday, the RS broadcast, a RS activity and then wants to watch general conference too. The priesthood seems to be her struggle-again going back to how she believes we’re all the same. But we pray for her and we’re going to keep meeting with her. I know she’s going to realize that there is one true church on the church-with it’s FULNESS. She’s so funny because she already believes in Joseph Smith and the BOM because of the spirit she feels from us sisters.  But I know once she actually READS it and prays about it that’ll help her to see that this church is different. Not because of all the programs and organization but that it’s Christ’s very same church in these latter days. It always goes back to reading and praying about the Book Of Mormon-it is the keystone of our religion.If people (Tenisha included) would just read that book-not skim but actually read it and pray to know if it’s true then they WILL receive an answer. It’s so simple! Anyways I need to get a picture with Tenisha to show you. I wish you all could meet her. I know that part of me coming to Michigan was to meet and start teaching her. I know that in the Lord’s way and time she’ll come to know that it’s all true. I have so much love for her and so badly desire for her to partake of the light and joy that comes from living the gospel. She gets up everyday at like 4:3/5:00 in the morning to listen to different gospel stations and watches different pastors to “feed her spirit”. And on sundays she goes to about 3-4 different churches depending on how tired she is ha ha she’s dedicated. She calls us her little angels, that or “Hey it’s my sistahs!”. You are going to meet her someday, she said that we’re her friends for life and that includes our families so don’t be surprised if she comes to stay at our house someday haha 🙂

I’ve been learning a lot about the atonement this week…life lessons…hardships…tests. I think I’m in a slump in my mission I’ve been out 6 months now and it can be difficult when you work your tail off and you feel like you’re not having any success. However, if the Lord wanted everyone that we talked to to get baptized, He’d make it happen. But our Heavenly Father has so much love for us that we get to choose what road we’ll take. And that includes those that we come in contact with. I feel like he’s just grinning at me saying “Yes kenz, this is hard but I know you can do it. And I trust you to do it. So keep going and do it.” I am His servant and even though right now you could say I’m at a low internally on the missionary front, I’ve just got to put my shoulder to the wheel and push along. Visa or no visa, rejections or rejections, baptisms or no baptisms this sister is going to push not by myself but with the Lord beside me because He’s there. In this month’s ensign Brother Brad Wilcox has a talk “His Grace is Sufficient” and he emphasizes that the Lord is pulling with us. We don’t do all we can and THEN He comes to make up the difference, no-He makes all the difference and is always with us if we choose to invite Him.

So that is my letter/spiritual thought for you all. Push as the Lord pulls with you.

Love,
Sister McCleve

Sept 16, 2013–MI

Hello dearest Family! Happy almost-fall. It is coming…it’s 58 degrees today! The leaves are starting to change color. “Beautiful, gorgeous, wish you were here”. Once the colors become more prominent I will be sure to send some photos 🙂

Welllll this week has been rather slow. Quite a bit of tracting-not so much going on there. But we had some cool experiences.

1st of all on P-day our district made home made pesto at the Mayo house! Mama and Papa Mayo are the couple with 2 kids currently serving missions, we go over there every p-day. LOVE THEM! I’ll attach some pictures of the pesto making activities.

On Wednesday we needed to get onto some computers to look up a talk for an investigator, the library computers were all taken. So we decided to use the family history center as a back up (luckily they let us) since normally you’re not allowed to use the computers besides doing genealogy. As we were in there the family history worker got a phone call that was for us sister missionaries. We were really confused since normally we just get calls on our cell phone and we’re never at the family history center. It was a less active woman in the ward who needed a ride to the hospital the following day and was hoping we could help her. We were able to then make some calls and get her a ride. Now…this doesn’t seem like a big deal but taking a step back,I could see that all of the pieces fell into place that we were where the Lord needed us to be at the right time. This woman didn’t have the missionaries number and I’m not sure if the family history worker would’ve even known what to do…I don’t know. But anyways-it’s cool how the Lord works.

Okay other story, on saturday we we’re going to stop by some former investigators in Pontiac. Which, by the way Pontiac is the sketchy/ghetto sliver of our area that we have and we don’t stay there past 6 pm because well,it’s dangerous. You can google pontiac michigan and see what you find. Anyways so there we are parked and are trying to GPS (yes,consider that a verb) the address of one of these former investigators. We just pulled over to do that when we heard someone talking to us from outside. Standing on the lawn was a guy in a t-shirt and ragged jeans. He looked a little rough around the edges. He began talking to us so we rolled down our windows and started chatting with him. We didn’t want to get out of the car quite yet, because you’ve got be careful-plus we didn’t expect the conversation to really go anywhere. As the conversation continued I felt like it was safe to go out and introduce ourselves. Which we did, we ended up having a wonderful discussion and taught him the restoration and gave him a Book of Mormon. He (Nathan) had all kinds of questions about the gift of discernment, and the people of the ancient America’s and where is the full truth of God today. SO COOL! Unfortunately he’s leaving for Tennessee in a week or so and is just house sitting for a friend. He asked if there was a mormon church he could go to when he got there! Awesome. He doesn’t have a phone but hopefully he’ll get internet access once he’s moved into his house there to go onto Mormon.org and find a local chapel/phone number. To me it was a miracle because Nathan had said the only reason why he came out of the house to talk to us is because our car looked like his friend’s car who was supposed to stop by that day. Otherwise he wouldn’t have come out. And we would’ve never talked to him if he hadn’t come out because we were only temporarily parked there! I was so grateful that we stopped and that we did get out and talk to him-as the spirit prompted. Even after that we didn’t really have anything come out of remaining in Pontiac that day, so I know that that’s why we needed to be there. To meet and teach Nathan and bring him light that he’s looking for in his life. The light of the gospel. He told us how much better he felt as we prayed with him and said our goodbye’s. I know the spirit guides us and that we can find when we teach and TEACH WHEN WE FIND! This is the Lord’s work 🙂

We had a birthday party for Tenisha last night. We invited some members of the ward and Sister knight (the awesome member missionary) made her a red velvet cake and we all sang her happy birthday. She was SO happy and grateful, she said it was the best birthday ever. She feels so loved and blessed by our love for her and our service even though we just do it out of love. I think she needs to just see that the members are truly her friends and with time that seed of her testimony of the restored gospel will grow. I’m so glad I have been able to be apart of her life, I love her so much. I will try and get pictures (we didn’t have our camera’s last night) to send of the party next week.

Tomorrow we have zone conference and our companionship is singing Joseph Smith’s First prayer to the tune of Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing-stoked!

Can’t think of anything else but I love you!! 🙂 And I’m so glad to be a missionary!

love you all and have a fabulous week!

Love,
Sister McCleve
Our last night together before transfers!
Pesto pics-this is about 1/3 of all the basil we picked from sister Mayo's garden to make the pesto. I LOVE FRESH BASIL! om nom nom.

Pesto pics-this is about 1/3 of all the basil we picked from sister Mayo’s garden to make the pesto. I LOVE FRESH BASIL! om nom nom.

Some of the elders in the district at our stations!

Some of the elders in the district at our stations!

The set up. It was definitely a team effort

The set up. It was definitely a team effort

We had pesto pasta for dinner of course to celebrate our hard work-soooo good.

We had pesto pasta for dinner of course to celebrate our hard work-soooo good.

Our last night together before transfers!

Our last night together before transfers!

I found a Bellingham sign

I found a Bellingham sign

Pride! Love you!

Pride! Love you!