Jan 20, 2014– Setabul, BRAZIL

Hello familia!!! AH I AM SO HAPPY!!!!
First off I heard the Seahawks are going to the superbowl and playing the broncos haha how sick is that??? LOVED the pictures of the painted toenails green and blue haha I do miss futebol americano haha so great.
Edelson got baptized! Yes okay so story time. Friday we met with him and watched the restoration DVD which he loved. He was so pumped for his baptism. And said he’d be there at 8 in the morning sunday which we laughed and said haha no just a little before 9 so you can be interviewed for the baptism. He has to be interviewed again because of the last baptism falling through. We called the elders and they said they’d leave from their area and come to ours to do the interview. So 8:50 rolls around sunday morning we’re waiting at the chapel. Edelson doesn’t show up. 9:00….9:10 still nothing. So we call his house and the empegrada (house maid) said he’d already left. So we wait some more…I am sooo nervous and sad thinking AGAIN this baptism was falling through. SIster Montalvão and I went outside and said a prayer. I hadn’t prayed THAT hard in a while. I remember saying Heavenly Father we literally have done everything we can, and we know he is ready. Please please please help him to make it here today so he can be baptized.
We finished the prayer and went back inside and called the house one more time and the empegrada disse que he already left for CHURCH! HA THERE WAS HOPE!!!!! I was praying that he didn’t wake up and decide to go to another church on the day of his baptism haha but seriously. The next moment we saw the bus pull up,stop and leave and there he was! In his suit and tie with a triple and hymnbook in one hand and his bag with towel in the other!!!!!!!!!! I cried for 2 reasons. 1. Relief. 2. Happiness. He was baptized, it was beautiful. I asked him how he felt afterwards and said, “it’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt before….hard to describe…light….new….joy and happiness” AH 🙂 I sang Joseph Smith’s first Prayer to the tune of Come Thou Fount because I promised him I’d sing for him. The spirit was so strong and ward members actually stayed to support him 🙂 🙂 Yay!!! Heavenly Father hears our prayerS!!!!!!!!!! Testimony was strengthened and gratitude flowed from my heart that day. Especially because in this mission we baptize so much and it’s easy to get caught up in numbers. I honestly think this experience was a good reminder for me of this work that we’re doing. This is the work of Salvation, and baptism is a step in this plan. I know I’ve been humbled a lot and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to teach Edelson and invite him to move along the path to return back to our Heavenly Father. I remember my old mission president in MDM saying “This isn’t just about baptism….we are leading these people to eternal life” That always stuck with me.
Everything else is just peachy. My companion is awesome. We work so well and really learn a lot together. She is an inspiration and honestly I feel more like a missionary being with her…I don’t know why but I am so happy. I know this is the Lord’s work. And it’s so fun to find new people to teach (which we have this week! 8 new investigators!) and be apart of something so sacred. I know that these 18 months of my life are special, and I want to make the most of them. I know I really have so far…and I don’t want to let up at all. I am here for Him. My Savior. I will never be able to do enough for Him for what He has and continues to do for me, but I know that a mission has been a piece of what I can give to Him. I love it. I love knowing that we have challenges every day and we conquer them, even if it’s grudging and stressful. We are building the kingdom of God, day in and day out. 🙂 I love it. I love my mission. I LOVE THE LORD!!!!! O Senhor é Meu Pastor.
Love you all
Sister McCleve
Transfers

Transfers

Baptism

Baptism

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Jan 13, 2014–Setabul, BRAZIL

Hello family!

My mind is just a mess right now because of all the changes. I am feeling just a tad stressed with the transfer and SIster Menezes leaving, I feel like my trainer is leaving me to train….oh how I remember these feelings like it was yesterday (michigan) ANyways  This will have to be quick
1.New companion Sister Montalvão  from Coiaba Brazil (spelling?)she is a convert of 2 years and is the only active member in her family. She is awesome! She’s been out 9 months too so we’ll work well together.
2. Idelson will be baptized this sunday! He cameto our ward activity saturday and loved it. We asked for familias to bring pictures of what was most important to them. We put the pictures we brought up on the wall first showing the things of the world and transitioning into Christ being the center and through Him we can be happy. In our families, temple marriage, blessings of taking the sacrament and so on. Basically everything revolving around the atonement. We watched an awesome movie after wards and some scriptures sobre a Expiaçao and had a discussion of what was really most important. Pretty cool. Sadly like no one showed up but we still pulled it off. Pretty neat. I’ll attach pics
 Idelson was able to talk with the bishop and other members that were there. He seems more confident and welcomed now because well we’re having difficulties with this in our ward, so Hurray for fellowshipping 🙂 🙂
3. I learned some sweet things about repentance this week. Reading in D&C 6:32-37. Was a good wake up call for me. I know Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. Doubt not fear not! Seriously I want to explain more but I can’t ahhh.
I love you all. I am excited to work with my new companion, new transfer, new goals. I love changes-they bring new experiences, challenges which bring growth!
Com infinito amor,
Sister McCleve
Ward Activity

Ward Activity

Ward Activity

Ward Activity

January 8, 2014– Setabul, BRAZIL

Hey family! Sorry we are so pressed on time so I have to keep this short. Kind of a rough week..again haha but I am pushing through it. 

 
1st of all Idelson’s baptism fell through. His interview and everything went well but went when sunday rolled in he didn’t show up to church. We had a new investigator there too so I stayed at the chapel with her and sister Torres (the other sister we live with-there are 4 of us sisters that serve in the same ward) while Sister Menezes and Sister Orr went to try and get Idelson to the church. He claimed he was extremely sick. They couldn’t get him to come….I guess he’s just not ready? Fear….which is so sad. Satan is such a punk, of course he’d want us to be scared of stepping into the waters of baptism to become clean and born again commited to follow our Heavenly Father by keeping His commandments-right because that is such a bad/scary thing. Urggggh haha it’s so frustrating. Anyways hopefully he can be baptized this month still because he is prepared. We taught him the word of wisdom as he was drinking a cup of coffee and right then he went and dumped it down the drain. Pretty sweet-what faith. So anyways we’re not giving up on him, just needs more time I guess. 
 
Also we still haven’t had like any contact with Isabelle 😦 so sad. She still hasn’t been confirmed yet and to receive the gift of the holy ghost. Oh what a precious gift that truly is. Although we can be influenced by the spirit, the gift of the holy ghost truly is sacred and a guide for us em cada momento de nossa vidas. 
 
On the upscale, Paloma came to church on sunday-but she’s still grounded. I remember thinking how funny it was when we as kids would be grounded and mom would make us go to church (this was when I was a bit more rebellious) still even though we couldn’t go or do anything else haha. Originally Palomas mom said she couldn’t come to church or any of the activities but we explained the importance and the need for her to be there and participate to help her with the choices she’s making right now. So her mom finally agreed. However because of her bad behavior, I guess her mom is fed up and will be sending Paloma to go live with her aunt and uncle in the interior. Pretty sure we don’t have a chapel where she’s going so we’re praying somehow she can continue to stay on the path. I love the youth of the church, and it breaks my heart to see someone who has such a sweet desire to do what’s right but just needs good friends/role models to be around. This is why attending church, mutual, church dances, youth conference, EFY etc. are so important!!!!!! The youth are the future leaders and teachers of the church. I’ll stop ranting now. But I will just say that as a future mother and wife, I am more than set in doing EVERYTHING I can to raise my own children the best I can in righteousness. Obviously it’s a long haul, and no one is a perfect parent or child, but the gospel of Jesus Christ unites and binds families forever. He can give us the strength, patience and capacity to help every one of his children return back to him- including us as parents rearing up our children in the gospel. The family unit is central to Heavenly Father’s plan-Satan is very well aware of that. That being said….I hope we can all fortify ourselves individually entao podemos help our family members as well. 
 
I have to go. We’re off to the temple. It’s sister Menezes last p-day in the mission field. Next week is transfers! I will have a new companion! Maybe training….we’ll see.
 
amo voces de mais. Obrigada por seu apoio 🙂 Esta igreja é verdadeira
Sister McCleve