Monday, September 15, 2014

marielli and valeria FTW‏... september 15, 2014

love my luma
elders that know how to make corn dogs... and then show up on pday with some for you :) 
the fact that joão makes dinner for us at least three times a week. 
you can tell i’m making progress in life because here on the mish i’ve finished 2 whole chapsticks completely without losing them!
atividades com minhas mocas. 

Young Women peeps
so the young women activity we did this week was about beauty. we got all fancy and what not.. hair and make up, and took pics. then we talked about the difference of internal beauty and what Christ sees and everyone had to write an Christlike quality that they have that they like about themselves on their foreheads and after we took more pics :) 

dia do gaucho is saturday-- party at the church!!
went to another funeral this morning of someone i don’t know…
how indecisive youth are (but i love them) *details below
the fact that i think you guys are sending all my letters to the wrong address because i haven’t been getting any... #stepituppeople #guessthismeansireallyhavebeenhereawhile #youallforgotaboutme
this house color is cooler than your house color
the cake with made for thamires for her birthday. i was so sad when we left it all at her house. 
getting creative… needing a fire for a family night.... so i could eat smores. 
where there is a will... there is a way. #smoresforthewin

here is what my end result was... not bad? :)  
                                                                      sister faldmo with the photobomb                        
teaching joão about the temple. it was perrrrrfect. 

for the first time in my life i helped bring two people to waters of baptism in one day andddd two members of the same family.. joãos daughter marielli was baptized! and her friend valeria that is practically his daughter. 

marielli & valeria coming out of the waters of baptism

the youth at church all were there for the baptism
so this week was crazzzzy. the big news of the week is that marielli and valeria were baptized! but goodness gracious it was not easy. first of all, we had to get authorization for valeria to be baptized and her sister mariana in our ward, because they live in another ward (congregation) but spend the weekends here with joão so they always go to church here. so we got it-- check. sweet. but then during the week they go home which is outside of our area,  so we can’t teach them during the week. so we just had to pray that everything would work out. we had a family night with them, joão, marielli, and some other members of the church on friday. Before the family night we went to teach them and they told us that their mom wasn’t going to let them get baptized, that they are really young, not prepared, and that God loves everyone and everyone will go to heaven. sweet. so what can you say???  at that moment they weren’t getting baptized and marielli didn’t want to get baptized without them. soooo. then we had the family night. I LOVE GOD! so we invited another family to join the family kinda last minute the night before. we hadn’t even planned to visit them (they are members) but we ended up having a really good conversation with them the night before and invited them to join joão’s family night. they got to the family night late and i didn’t even think they would show. but guess what? everything truly happens for a reason. they came and made the connection at family night that they are really good friends and work with the parents of mariana and valeria! irmão volunteered to talk to the girls’ mom for us to get permission. yaayayayya. and after the message during the family night the girls truly wanted to be baptized. 
joão and his family at marielli & valeria's baptism we know satan works 24 hours a day. so after lunch the next day aka the day of their baptism they didn’t want to get baptized anymore, and didn’t even want to go to the Young Women activity. so we went to talk to them but in the middle of our mini lesson this imão showed up to get them to go talk to their mom for their mom sign the papers. they went to go talk just the three of them, and we had no clue what they would decide. buttttttt. everything worked out and they decided they would be baptized. so we went and their mom signed the papers.  we went to fill up the baptismal font and they went to go get ready. then... we got another call. marielli and valeria. they said they had two good things to tell us and one bad. they said mariana wasn’t going to be baptized but they were still planning on it and were on their way to the church. and... assim ficou. just the two of them. but mariana chose to come and watch, she felt the spirit, and after said she wants to be baptized saturday. 

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God."

we will see want happens. of course i want her to be baptized but she needs to make sure she wants this because of her testimony and not because her sister and bff were baptized. but. we will see :) 
anyways. this week was so great. nothing went as planned, but at the same time everything was wonderful. i’m just lovin life and so grateful for... everything! transfers and next week :/ i have no clue what will happen. i really want to stay here with sister rodrigues but what i want never happens soooo.. yeah. we will see. 

i love you all soooo much. k? k.
go cougars!!!
xoxo sister fald
 ps... we also had zone conference this week:)
me and my comp and roomies

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