Sept 1, 2014–Candeais, BRAZIL

Oiiii familia e amigos tambem!

Love to you all as usual! And I hope this week was productive, spirit filled and challenging for you all. Challenging in a good way obviously. 🙂
Geoffrey happy 20th! PARABENS!!! I cannot believe my little brother is 20. And I’m 22?? Time fliesssssssss.
This week was good. Not exactly fantaaaaastic but good.
Sister Silva was sick with something in her throat. She’s been coughing constantly all week. So Sister Bigelow told us to try going to an UPA first (public hospital) to get it checked out since it wasn’t a huge deal but still bothersome.
Well lets just say public hospital’s in brazil are something else. Hahah it was an adventure, made some good contacts though! 🙂 It’s cool doing things/going places that are not in the normal routine/schedule you have as a missionary. It’s a reminder that you are truly in another place…or in my case another country. Sometimes I forget that I don’t live here permanently-I guess that’s a good sign right? Lost in the work.
This week Manoel and Fabio both received the aaronic priesthood WOOOOOOOO!!!! Alex and Jociane went off to the interior for a wedding of some relative? He really wanted to stay but the family called and basically lectured them and so they backed out in staying at home for the weekend and left friday afternoon. Bishop was ticked haha because Alex was supposed to also receive the priesthood tambem. But he will next week!
Update: Fabiana has recovered quite a bit but still hasn’t left the hospital, the doctors have said that this week she should be coming home. YESSSSSS. Also Fatima has been in the hospital with Fabiana so we haven’t been able to teach her for the past 2 weeks but Tito we’ve been following up with. He came to the ward talent show saturday night and loved it. He didn’t come to church sunday though because his injured toe was still super swollen and fatima had just returned home for the day and told him he needed to stop walking on it and stay home/rest.
What happened to his toe you may ask? 2 Liters of coke. Haha seriously poor Tito was walking home with keys in one hand and a 2 liter bottle of coke in the other. Gets to his door, reachs up to unlock the lock and while awkwardly holding the coke bottle with his arm and trying open the lock the bottle slips out from his grasp and falls directly on his right big toe. 2 LITERS OF COKE!!!!!!! haha it was super purple and swollen. Actually his whole foot swelled up. So he’s taking med’s and taking it easy. Haha I love that guy. I just thought, as beloved as coke is to Brazillians…really you couldn’t have just set the bottle on the ground briefly???
🙂
He is going to pray with Fatima about being baptized on the 13th. It’s funny because obviously I would love to see them enter the waters of baptism before I go, but at the same time I am not here to pressure people just because I’m going home. Sister Silva likes to us my departure date as we are inviting people to make and keep commitments. Not a huge fan but it is inevitable that I will be leaving. Anyways……cough cough
We’re also teaching Marcia (Manoel’s mom) and she is awesome, just has that whole “I want to take my time learning about this church….baptism is a very serious decision and should NOT be rushed…etc.” but the spirit’s working with her as is Manoel my gosh. That kid is A STUD! We finished teaching her the restoration and he grabs the pamphlet, opens it to the back and says “look mom, this box show’s you how to pray so you can get an answer that all of this is true” and then he read the bullet points with her haha I love that kid! He loves asking us questions about serving a mission. I am so proud of him, he will be AN INCREDIBLE missionary. He truly was converted through the power of the restored gospel that is centered on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I cannot deny the truthfulness of this gospel that we teach and LIVE. I love it.
On the other side of things, we’re struggling with building up our teaching pool trying to find new investigators. It seems like we have a billion recent converts but finding novos é dificil. BUTTTT the Lord will help us. I know we are needed to focus on Tito, Fatima and Marcia. Following up is soooo important.
Anyways gotta run, I’ll send some photos.
Love you allll, oh and next week we’re going to the temple! So I think we’ll be emailing quarta feira (wednesday) so hang tight until then.
LOVE YOU ALL!!!!! LOVE THIS GOSPEL!!!!
Com amor,
Sister McCleve
(MC-leve, Me-leve, MAC-cleeve,Mick-cleh-vee<most common haha)

Tito and us at the talent show.

Tito and us at the talent show.

The YM/YW did a zombie dance for the talent show

The YM/YW did a zombie dance for the talent show

to backstreet boys haha it was actually super sweet.

to backstreet boys haha it was actually super sweet.

The YM/YW did a zombie dance for the talent show, to backstreet boys haha it was actually super sweet.

The YM/YW did a zombie dance for the talent show, to backstreet boys haha it was actually super sweet.

Eu e Silvinhaaaa :)

Eu e Silvinhaaaa 🙂

Family prayer with the Souza family (alex and Jociane) David and Cecilia are so cute when they pray!!!

Family prayer with the Souza family (alex and Jociane) David and Cecilia are so cute when they pray!!!

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