Nov 25, 2013–Setabul, BRAZIL

Hi family. I love you guys. This week was funny. Great but funny.
1st of all we had Pauloma’s baptism! Wooo! I already sent photos. It was awesome she was sooo cute and happy and she said she felt so good. She will be confirmed next week! Wahoo! this week our mission had 209 baptisms including ours! haha so sweet! SO AGUA!!!! Love it. The work is sweet.
]Anyways we also had some sweet things happen this week. I’ll start with Rodrigo. So we met Rodrigo last week knocking doors which he came and we talked with him. He goes to the evangelical church and is VERY active in that with his wife. However he seemed open to us as we talked and shared a couple scriptures with him do Livro de Mormon. We asked if we could come back and bring him a copy and teach him more to which he agreed. He told us that he knew God had sent us to him that day and was grateful. So this week we were walking in the same neighborhood after just finishing another lesson. A car pulled up by us and inside was Rodrigo asking “hey when are you guys gonna bring me that book? I’ve been waiting” haha it was funny, we were shocked we told him we’d come in a few minutes after he returned home. We went over and taught him the restoration. He was super receptive and asking questions that we answered. Apparently he has cousins that are LDS and active so he already knew a little bit about the church. As we closed and invited him to read and pray he said he definitely would without a doubt. He told us that the first time we met him he had been praying for help and guidance from God and then later that day we knocked on His door.SWEET. Then the 2nd time he was really sad and discouraged especially with church and wasn’t sure what to do when he saw us walking and stopped us asking us when we’d bring him that book. He said that He knew God was putting us in His path because he had been praying for help. And we were that HELP!!!! So anyways  after we finished the lesson he gave the closing prayer and in the prayer he said “…Heavenly Father thank you for sending these girls to help me in time of need. I know that what they have to share is important and can help me. Please help me as I read and pray about these things that I can receive an answer if they are true…” he also asked God to help0 him not give up on church.So clearly we came at the right time. We are excited to follow up with him and hopefully meet his wife this week. He wasnt at church sunday BUT we are hopeful. Seriously the Lord is amazing.
So Maria was the other menina (young girl) that originally wanted us to teach her along with Pauloma. But she wasn’t progressing while Pauloma was so we stopped teaching her since she seemed indifferent and wasn’t keeping comittments. We decided to go visit her after fasting speficially to know what her needs are and how we can help her. We did and had an awesome lesson on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the holy ghost and enduring to the end. She seemed like she was paying attention but still she seemed very stand off-ish. Finally at the end as we were wrapping things up (I was honestly bummed because she seemed the exact same) she said “I have a question…what does it mean to be saved?”. Honestly, at that moment it was as if the light went on inside her. The spirit was there as we explained about our Heavenly Fathers plan for us and how living the gospel (what we just taught) is the way back to Him. We invited her to read and pray about what we taught which she accepted. And invited for baptism next month which she accepted. It was amazing. She had already accepted baptism before with Pauloma but didn’t feel ready. But after talking about the importance of baptism and what it really means she had a better understanding and knew it was an essential part of salvation. So cool to watch. I wish you could all have been there. We went to visit her a few days later and her countenance was so different. She was EXCITED to see us and said she was waiting for us when we’d come back. She told us she read ALL of the pamphlet that we had left with her and in the Book of Mormon too. She said her favorite part she read was about baptism and receiving the holy ghost.She was so cute and excited about it. Ahhhhh 🙂 Ya, I was beaming 🙂 It was like being an efy counselor again. Man, I love being a missionary.
Love you all, have a wonderful thanksgiving week-I will try to find a turkey somewhere to eat haha.
Oh by the way this week was funny because after marias awesome lesson menezes and I got sick. We took turns using the bathroom all night. Food poisoning from something we had. Anyways so that was funny because we had an awesome day but we got so sick afterwards….I don’t know I just thought it was funny. Okay I’m done now 🙂 haha love you all! Thank you for the letters you’ve been sending both emails and snail mail I get a lot every p-day and received awesome letters this week from family and friends. thank you all!
I love being a missionary and witnessing people coming unto Christ. What a privelage, what a blessing. It’s these times, these moments that make all of the difficulties/challenges in a mission worth it. I love the Lord, in Him my soul delights.
Com Amor,
Sister McCleve
Paulomas Baptism!!!!!!!

Paulomas Baptism!!!!!!!

Paulomas Baptism!!!!!!!

Paulomas Baptism!!!!!!!

Paulomas Baptism!!!!!!!

Paulomas Baptism!!!!!!!

Us with the Meninas (the other girls that live next to Pauloma)

Us with the Meninas (the other girls that live next to Pauloma)

Our area close to the beach

Our area close to the beach

Jacqui! The recent convert who invited Pauloma to be taught by the missionaries ya member missionary work!

Jacqui! The recent convert who invited Pauloma to be taught by the missionaries ya member missionary work!

Sister Orr and I

Sister Orr and I

Meus sapatos on the cobble stone that they call Paralelepipido (its fun to try and say) pah-rah-leh-lee-pee-peedo)

Meus sapatos on the cobble stone that they call Paralelepipido (its fun to try and say) pah-rah-leh-lee-pee-peedo)

Setabul

Setabul

Olinda, one of the most beautiful places in the world. A mixture of old europe-roads, buildings, history and a tropical kick with the sun-bright blue/green water and the forestry WITH palm trees.

Olinda, one of the most beautiful places in the world. A mixture of old europe-roads, buildings, history and a tropical kick with the sun-bright blue/green water and the forestry WITH palm trees.

 

 Olinda

Olinda

 Olinda

Olinda

 Olinda

Olinda

 Olinda

Olinda

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