Monday, February 22, 2016

This week I have one main highlight I want to talk about. WORKING WITH MEMBERS BRINGS MIRACLES. So the last girl I mentioned last week, we've been teaching her for 3 weeks now. She had to run away from home and her old church excommunicated her for kissing a boy outside of her church-and when you're excommunicated no one can talk to you for 6 months. Which means that while all the horrible stuff was happening at home, none of her friends listened. They pretended she wasn't even there.

Sister Mazetto and I were pretty desperate to get her to come to young womens and meet the girls and help her feel like God loves her, but with just us calling her there she didnt want to. So we enlisted the help of the members and got her to come to an fhe with a ton of the youth. the next day she came to Nycole's baptism and the day after that she showed up to church!!  She literaly already seems so much happier I can't believe its the same person! We weren't even thinking of inviting her to be baptised because all we want right now is to make her happier but she's talking about being baptised!! 

I'm like so out of time so next week is going to be like last week was because that was so much easier but here's Nycole's baptism!!  

Monday, February 15, 2016

So this week had one more highlight that I didn't write in the letter. WE GOT A BAPTISM. Vinícius. He's 14 and has been visiting the church for a while, so on monday Sister Mazetto and I were like "hey, want to be baptized?" and he got suppppper excited and said yes. So we taught him all the lessons this week and here we are! He's adorable. On Sunday after his confirmation he couldn't stop smiling. When I said "hey you're a real mormon now!" his smile just got bigger. AND NOW we're going to baptize all his friends (Ingrid and Nayara).

Monday, February 8, 2016

sorry i had computer problems today and ran out of time?? I'll talk more about that last one next week

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The week God dropped people from heaven to meet us.

SO. This week me and Sister Mazetto managed to land 4 people with a baptismal date. Ingrid was the first one, and teaching her was soooo cool because she started to say "oh I already was baptized" but then we asked her to say the closing prayer and we all knelt down and she started crying and we were like "what's wrong?" and she says "no I'm not sad, I feel good, but I don't know what this is I've never felt this before. I'll be baptized." and we're like "well daaaaaang, you got your answer without even praying??? That happens?".

The second was Nayara, who was super cute and said "if I heard there was a prophet today I'd come running!" and of course we're like "well then have we got the message for you!"

The 3rd was a re-marked date of an investigator Sister Mazetto taught already. We asked her whats stopping her-she already knows what she should do-and she says "you're right, I do know" and accepted.

The 4th was also a re-marked date and similarly accepted.

But the best thing was Saturday. Sister Mazetto and I were a little lost, trying to find the house of a less active member and we went a weird way and nothing was making sense, when someone started shouting at us like "heeeyyy hey you guys" and we got a little afraid

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Monday, February 1, 2016

#knighthood and lady gagas everywhere


So all last week I was wondering what kind of jedi I was going to be like-If I'd be like Obi-Wan and immediately get a padawan after ceasing myself to be a padawan, or like Anakin and stay with my master forever and ever after being knighted or what, but instead of either of those things, I got transfered waaaay to the other side of the mission-other state-and my new companion is someone who arrived with me, so we're both super freshly knighted and now we get to work/learn together :) I'm using star wars lingo but no, we don't actually call it that here lol. In mission lingo, I'm "leaving my mom" and the area I "was born in". But I like star wars more.

Its the start of carnaval which is certainly interesting. The past few days it was SUPER HARD to work because, as usual when a holiday comes, no one was sober. Also everyone was in drag? I don't really understand why. Everyone kind of looked like Lady Gaga this week. And when everyone looks ridiculous and you look normal, you start to be the weird one! Like being from the districts and visiting the Capitol in Hunger Games.

And as seems to be the theme of 2016 this year, again I don't have much to say about the work. Nothing happened really. So lets talk a little about Brazil!

We always eat lunch in the houses of members, and without fail every single day it's: pinto beans, white rice, spaghetti-all eaten together for some reason. Why spaghetti AND rice? No idea. But its good. Everyone always makes super fresh juice of fruits I still don't know the names of, and I'll definitely miss that when I go home.

Also everyone here is obsessed with mayo. I already told my family this, but literally I've seen people eat it by the spoonful. Or eat rice with nothing but mayo for flavor. And on pizza. Though the time I saw someone eating Saltine crackers with ketchup was almost weirder.

All the houses here have an outer gate with security spikes on the top, or broken glass or barbed wire, or in our case an electric fence. Seriously, when the Zombie Apocolypse happens we all need to come here.

I'm leaving tomorrow and have to kiss the beach goodbye (not that I can go into the beach or go swimming or anything but its gorgeous to look at) and I'm a little scared for the lack of wind I'm headed for!!

Anyway yeah, so I'm already almost out of time because aparently the time limit changed from 1.5 hours to 1 hour??? I didn't see this anywhere but that's what my comp says so?? Tchau?

Next week I'll be emailing from a new area (I can't even remember where I'm going...its a good thing other people are in charge of my travel plans)

Tchau tchau!
sister steele