Monday, August 18, 2014

happy birthday cruz alta!!! august 18, 2014

●i'm loving loving loving my new comp. 
 maria ritas & my new companion sister rodrigues
this week we hit some really key goals for the missions standard of excellence that has been impossible for the past six or so months. 
had a fun pday with a convert in the other ward that lovessss the missionaries. she invited us over and made us food. do you do this for the missionaries? because you should. but give them a ride to your house because she lives sooo far away haha. 
maria rita's house with the other missionaries... she is the cruz alta missionary momma!

 this pic was taken after lunch with jose and.... oops i kinda forgot her dad's name. it's a really cute name and i'm mad i forgot. to be honest they are one of the few solid families in our ward. tomorrow he is going to take us to a bairro (a part of town) abegay (and yes i thought of abbie huber the first time i saw this name)because it is apart of our ward but it is like half an hour away just on the bus so we only go there for lunch... there used to be a bus that passed by all the houses before church but now there isn't so no one is active. its so far away and a pretty poor part of cruz alta. 

the weather here really can’t decide what’s up. i should be dying because it’s so cold but it’s not cold at all! 
people here. nothing opens on holidays (thus the problem emailing today)
i already ate like all of the american food i got this week… thanks for the packages homies!! 
getting thamires to church this week was a battle haha. we went to wake her up and at her home. don’t worry she wasn’t sleeping at her house (realized after we knocked for like 5 minutes) so we went to her friend’s house that is a member and kinda lazy and not going to church... knocked on her window (yeah don’t worry i know where they sleep) and woke her up, got her ready, and walked with her the 40  minutes to church. sacrifice brings blessings right?
#crazystat #donotakethisastrunky in my district there are 10 missionaries. 6 of us are all going home together at the end of january. there will be a total of over 30 missionaries going home that day. crazy i know. Get those papers in armies of helaman!
sunday! 6 non members or young women at church and the attendance in our ward was so so so much better! 
ahhh i will forever love this pic. 
yesterday we had SIX YOUNG WOMEN INVESTIGATORS at church. these are my meninas. they made up half of the young women!!!! and they are just visitors--for now:) there's thamires who i adore (my 14YO that quit smoking all on her own who will be baptized any day here, just waiting for her to feel ready. she wants to wait for her birthday next month. ugh. teenagers), mariane the most perfect investigator ever (we are just waiting for her mom to let her get baptized) who brought her friend too, and then marieli (joão our recent convert's daughter who hopefully will follow her dad's example soon) and her two friends that stayed the weekend at her house (we have already taught them a couple times too, but they live in the other ward so the elders will start teaching them.)
we taught with the member who gave us xis (a cheeseburger)  and he bought us xis.. again! win win experience. 
we have a ward mission leader now!!! yayayy! and he’s so great!!
INTRODUCING MY NEW COMP--sister rodrigues
New in the mish. (4 months) grew up in minas gerais but lives in espírito santo now. 19. Super cute. We have are only 1 cm difference in height... whoo i love tall people!!!! i am loving working with her. she is super chill and teaches really well. every day we read preach my gospel together in english :) i will help another brasilian love the US!!
soooo it’s basically this. a good good week. but STILL LOTS MORE TO DO. 
it was a good sunday and hopefully the investigators that went to church will be baptized soon. our mission goal is that we teach and baptize at least two people every dupla (month) it seems simple but i have never been able to do it. in camobi i was teaching and baptizing more but i then there was a dry period… but i’m back!! i hope… haha. i really want to meet this goal. it seems like either this month or the next i will. 
we are trying to plan lots of activities because all of the members have talked the past couple weeks about how when the ward was strong there was always something at the church going on. so we are going to bring it back. wooohooo. party at the chapel! my forteJ

but loooooove ya lots. stay strong homies. pray for me and i’ll pray for you. (but my prayers are better because i’m a missionary. (kidding!! mom don’t erase this part!)
have a great week and shout out to my baby sister maggie dru who is almost TWELVE!

xoxo sister faldmo

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