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!"
Transferência!!! E um ano da missão!!! 6/27/16
It's transfer time! I'll be sticking around here in Providência (obviously, I've only been here five weeks), but Sister Barth is being transferred for Maguarí with Sister Colussi (one of my old comps :D). I'll miss Sister Barth, but at least we had a little time together! And I should be meeting my new companion tomorrow--I'm going to train again! Whoo-hoo! She'll be flying in from the MTC tomorrow. So I'll you all know how that goes!
I don't have too much to say about this week... we had a lot of really great things happen and a few really sad things as well. For example, Maria das Graças' baptism was going to be on Saturday, and it seemed like she was really excited, but on Wednesday she went to go pick up a few things at her old house in Santa Isabel, and has not, until now, come back. :/ Her daughter was getting pretty worried because she isn't answering the phone. So... send a few prayers her way. We're not really sure what happened.
But as for the really good things, Lília and Gleyson and their daughter Fernanda are progressing SUPER SUPER well! There was a big party at the church on Friday (Festa Junina) and a devotional with the Recife Temple President on Sunday, and they all came (just for the end of the devotional actually). Lília even brought a friend to church yesterday, and she was so excited! She and Gleyson should be entering their papers to get married this week, and then we just have to wait to do the baptism. Lília was talking with me yesterday about how amazing it has been for her to get to know the gospel. She said we were two angels that knocked on her door. She was about to separate from Gleyson, Gleyson and Fernanda didn't even believe in Christ, and as soon as we started teaching them, their family life changed completely. They're united, they love going to church, and they read the Book of Mormon every day. Our stake president, who works with Gleyson, said that he has really gone through a change. Lília hardly could contain her joy as she told us about the transformation that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been having on her family.
We also had another great surprise when Ana and Esmeraldino, a couple that has been going to church for nearly a year, but always refused to get married, told us on Sunday that they have decided that they want to!! Miracles really do happen!
I can't believe that I've been here for a year already... Time really flies. I don't want to miss one minute of the next six months. :D