Ahhhhh okay this week! have belated 4th of July-brazil played that day and won so I got to see and hear some fireworks #USAPRIDE
So Fabio and Ciene-that awesome couple I mentioned last week! They are our GOLDEN COUPLE! They are the aunt and uncle of Ailton (the rapaz-young adult) we baptized a few weeks ago. We found them knocking doors and we had already talked to Ciene one time but she seemed kinda mole (flaky/uncommitted). But we came back one day and saw Fabio sitting on the couch too and asked if we could share a message with them both right there. Well they let us in and it was awesome! we watched the Restoration DVD and the spirit was so strong as we testified afterwards. They committed to pray but said that they already knew this was true. The next night they went to a ward activity there at the chapel and like half the ward flocked to them and helped them feel welcome. Turns out when Ciene was about 12 a member (maria-who’s inactive now) took her to church a few times and she loved it. The Lord prepares people-TRUTH!
Anyways so we’ve been there almost every day since we started teaching them. They’ve already committed to getting legally married-WOO!They been living together 11 years and have 2 kids. They are Reading and praying about the Book of Mormon and they already accepted baptism! We showed them the chapel during the ward activity and fabio kept asking (where is the baptism room/place? I want to see it! hahaha). They are wonderful, I love them already soooo much.
The only problem is….they work saturdays and sundays on the beach becauseeeee (story time) 10 years ago Fabio was assaulted in his car. He was reaching to unbuckle his seatbelt and the robber thought he was armed and ended up shooting him 2 times in the head_CRAZY I know. Thank heavens he didn’t die but his whole left side was paralyzed. He was in a wheel chair for a few years after that. The doctors told him he’d never walk/have a normal life again. He tried doing physical therapy which helped a little but he didn’t have enough money to keep going. But since that time literally through determination and FAITH in our Heavenly Father he has been recovering day after day. He can walk now (still with a limp) and he can lift and bend his left arm. Still can’t use his hand but he’s working on it. He is a living miracle. But anyways because of his medical handicapped state they are receiving money from the government but it’s basically nothing to provide for their family. So he works selling Churrasq (bbq stand) on the beach on saturdays and sunday to make more money to provide for his family. He has such a big heart 🙂 anyways so they have no way going to church because of money issues. We are praying and looking for another way he can work during the week. But again with his limitations physically it’s tough. He makes twice amount in 2 days being saturday and sunday as he would working monday-friday on the beach. Ohhhh sacrifices. I know the Lord will provide a way but that requires faith and TRUST FIRST.
We had a conference with our new president and sister Bigelow this week. THEYA RE AWESOME super young too. I totally want to be a mission president’s wife some day, that would be SOOOO SICK I think. A big sacrifice but totally worth it. They are so excited to be here and I am sad I won’t get to know them that well but I know I am already learning. He worked a lot for the CES of the church soooo I am definitely going to be asking him some questions because the church educational system is WHERE IT’S AT! If I could be a married with kids EFY counselor forever I would hahahaha. ANywaysThey really emphasized the importance of having CONVERTS not just baptisms. Batismo faz parte da conversão-baptism is a part of conversion-an essential step. More updates on them in the future. Oh they’re from Utah and he served in Chicago spanish speaking so they’re learning portuguese 🙂 sweet huh?
Anyways other than that I did and exchange this week with a sister who’s in our zone..I learned a lot and am even more determined to be a hard working missionary. She goes home this transfer and all I can say is:trunky, giving up “doesn’t matter attitude”…I felt like a lot of energy and enthusiasm was sucked out of me being with her. I know her companion is having a rough time. Its sad to see missionaries who at the close of their missions (you think they would make the most of the LITTLE time they have left) just slack off/give up. I am not and will not be that missionary sorry Satan.
Anyways love you all so much. Sadly no one is marked for baptism (Fabio/Ciene need to get married first…working on that) but we have some other new investigators that have potential. I think the hardest part is people not coming to church. We have great lessons but once sunday rolls around the excuses FLYYYYY haha it’s ridiculous. As a missionary I think I’ve heard every excuse in the world. Haha I just laugh about it.
Love youuuu have a fantastic week dearest family and friends. And pray that brazil wins this week!!!!!! haha