Weekly posts of Sister Laurel Dickerson's 18 month mission in Belém, Brazil for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"There is sunshine in my soul today!"
Círio de Nazaré.. 10/10/16
I don't think I have ever mentioned Círio, have I? Just put it into Google and you'll understand. Círio is a Catholic festival that they have every year in Belém. And it's HUGE. They have a statue of Mary and baby Jesus that passes throughout all of Pará in a huge procession, ending in the large cathedral, Nazaré, in Belém. Thousands of people walk miles and miles, following the statue, some without shoes, and others on their knees, and arrive there bleeding in order to reach some "grace." I'm not a huge fan of how they worship the statue or saw that it (or Mary) cured them or answered their prayer, but their faith and the cultural aspect is nice to see. It just made our week a little difficult since from Friday to Sunday everyone goes to Belém, or is together with all of their family, and have absolutely no desire to go to Church or hear the missionaries... And every one drinks afterward. #notcool
But, yeah, our week wasn't exactly as we wanted it to be... We had some pretty sad things happen with some of our investigators (Jessica's parents decided that they won't be letting her come to church anymore and threatened her if we ever come to their house again... so sad...). And the rest of our investigators aren't progressing or decided to go to Círio... So this week we'll pretty much be starting from ground zero and finding lots of new people to teach. But, to count our blessings, Ana and Esmeraldino came to church on Sunday and are superrrrrr excited to get married (finally) and be baptized. We are just waiting for her birth certificate to be ready so we can get all the paper work done. :D And we found a new investigator, Vera, this week that said at least five times that we are holy servants of God sent to help her. So that was pretty special! And, it is always good to find new people. You try your faith and see God do His work. So I'm excited for this week! It'll be great! :)
I love you all so much!! Have a great week!!
This Wednesday is Children's Day here in Brazil. So here is Sister Lima and I, kids forever. :D