April 28, 2014 — Candeais, BRAZIL

Hey family! ah this week is a blur…

Everything is going pretty well…no big news but lets see here what went down this week.

First of all we are working with Alex who is the spouse of a recent convert Jociane. He is awesome and has a testimony,wants to be baptized butttt CANNOT quit smoking 😦 so sad. We have tried so many different things to help him. But he is really addicted. We’re hoping he can be baptized this week if not next, we decided to change up the way we’ve been teaching them and are going to try with the basics. Breaking up the lessonsbut first and foremost starting with faith. FAITH the first principle of the gospel (there’s hundreds of reasons for that you know) anyways we have a sweet FHE lesson planned for our appointment with them tonight. And a member of the bishopric is coming along to help teach/support-MEMBERS BABY! Pray for Alex that he can quit smoking..it’s so sad to see someone so close and yet so far from being baptized!!!! We are praying and working though-we have faith 🙂
Also I got to do a division with Sister Orr this week (did I mention she’s a sister training leader??) it was sweet. We really want to be companions again for our last transfer just for kicks. It’d be too dangerous-two gringas like us walking around haha we already get enough attention as it is. We always motivate and pump each other up. Love her. But I love my companion too, Duarte is awesome-she is so straight up with people, and doesn’t take crud/excuses from anyone haha love it. We have really bonded these last 3 weeks it’s awesome. And we are ALWAYS trying to better ourselves, our companionship…everything so ya it’s grand just to update ya’ll on that.
OKay so this week we had AN AWESOME stake conference. Elder Junot (recently released member of the seventy) came and spoke to us, along with our mission president Lanius, Sister Lanius, the stakepres. and some othersthat I definitely don’t remember. SO AWESOME! Of course the theme was missionary work us 23 missionaries serving in this stake got so stoked. They laid it down talking about the need of reading preach my gospel and praying to ask the Lord what YOU CAN DO in your calling/as a member etc. to help the missionaries.
The members were challenged to pray for the missionaries in their wards by name along with their investigators (take note folks). Pretty awesome. This ward already helps so much but we still are having a hard time finding people to teach (or at least people that aren’t flaky or Mole as we say). So hopefully we’ll be able to help the members reach out more to their friends/neighbors etc. after that spiritual smackdown.
Also one thing Elder Junot said that was very interesting that Elder Christofferson had shared with the bretheren that currently in the church members that live near a temple (like in your own city/neighboring place)  attend less often than those who live far away from a temple.Hmmokay WHAT IS THE DEAL with that??? I was really sad to hear that…knowing that my last companion (Montalvão) has to travel 24 hours to go to her temple (there are missionaries here that travel much farther to theirs). So I hope we can remember what a privelage it is to have a temple,let alone one close to where we live. I know the temple is the House of The Lord and it is a refuge for us in this wicked world. There we can feel the spirit of the Lord more than in any other place on earth.We can participate in helping others come unto Christ that have already passed away. I know that we need to do the basics; Read our scriptures daily, pray, go to church but also GO TO THE TEMPLE. I encourage all those who are reading to please consider your own attendance to the temple. What are your priorities or a better question I always ask myself: who is your priority? I know for me it is The Lord. Make temple attendance your first priority-ESPECIALLY if you live close to one.
There is work to be done on BOTH sides of the veil people…remember the temple 🙂
I love you all! Tomorrow is Sister Duarte’s birthday! Send her an email (she can speak english) saying happy birthday pleaseeee haha she doesn1t know I’m saying this!
love love loveeeee
Sister McCleve
Rafael, Natalia, Sister McCleve and Sister Duarte

Rafael, Natalia, Sister McCleve and Sister Duarte

Natalia and Rafael! They are thE CUTEST brother and sister ever. I LOVE THEMMMMMM! :):):):)

Natalia and Rafael! They are thE CUTEST brother and sister ever. I LOVE THEMMMMMM! :):):):)

Natalia and her dad (who came to church and loved it but still isn't wanting to take the missionary lessons yet....his heart will be softened)

Natalia and her dad (who came to church and loved it but still isn’t wanting to take the missionary lessons yet….his heart will be softened)

Natalia and Levi (her boyfriend-RM, active AWESOME! They'll probably get married here when she can go to the temple:)

Natalia and Levi (her boyfriend-RM, active AWESOME! They’ll probably get married here when she can go to the temple:)

Some other fotos from exchanges with my beloved Sister Orr and Sister Weber and Diehl (the other dupla we live with)

Some other fotos from exchanges with my beloved Sister Orr and Sister Weber and Diehl (the other dupla we live with)

 

Sister Meio and I at the stake conference yesterday-she's so sweet!

Sister Meio and I at the stake conference yesterday-she’s so sweet!

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