I love you all lots!!!! This last week was super good! And I´m super happy here in Guarapuava, Brasil!!! (I don´t have a ton of time left to email, so sorry this will be a little bit shorter than normal)
What happened this last week... MY FIRST BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHK. Literally one of the happiest moments of my life. I definitely started crying when they entered the baptismal font. My heart just bursted with happiness because I know how much their life will be blessed because of their decision. *happy tears* They- Elizandro and Paula- are so wonderful. I know they will be life-long converts. I can already feel their testimonies!
Funny story: one day this week we made a contact and the woman asked my companion where she was from, and proceeded to say that my companion had a foreign accent, and I didn't! hahahahahaha yeah I wish that were actually true... maybe in 9 months!
So last week I had the goal to be more aware of, and grateful for the daily miracles that I have everyday. I bought a little journal to write down the miracles everyday. This week they ranged from being able to talk about mine-craft (in Portuguese don't forget) to a 7 year old for about 30 minutes, to having 2 baptisms. Miracles range from all sorts of degrees!!! I realized the other day as I was walking up a super steep hill, in the sun, that I had a smile on my face. And I thought "huh. Why am I smiling right now?? I´m tired, hot, and super hungry." I was smiling because I wasn´t thinking about those things. I was thinking about the tender mercies, or MIRACLES, that God has blessed me with.
I really know that God blesses, and wants to bless His children- US- and He blesses us MORE when we are grateful for what He has already given us. I have felt that this week.
I know that God loves each of us. I know that Christ lives. E eu sei que a Igreja de Jesus Cristo Dos Santos Dos Ultimos Dias é o UNICO Igreja verdaderia.
COM MUITO MUITO MUITO AMOR,
xo Sister Councill