Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Week 41 whz up from Brasil

April 10, 2017

Hi yall!

Well, this week was wonderfully difficult and I am super grateful that it is over!  How was your week??  

Some fun things that happened this week... I sent my shoes to a shoe shope to repair the color, and ended up painting them a totally different color!  I´ll attach a pic !
Also I found a type of banana that is literally HUGE. Unfortunately, I ate it before I could take a picture.. sorry folks.. maybe next time?

But the highlight of the week, was that GILMAR WAS BAPTIZED!  woop woop woop!

It was a pretty intense story as well, let me tell ya!

Okay.  So on Thursday morning we get a call from the Hospital, saying that Gilmar was there.  We dropped everything and went to the Hospital!  He ended up being okay, and was released that afternoon.  Saturday we planned for him to be baptized.  Sister Libanio and I went to the chapel first thing that morning and started cleaning and filling up the baptismal font.  OKay okay everything is going okay.. we head to lunch, and when we get back we discover that the font wasn´t filling and all the water was going down the drain!  So what do we do?  We find a hose.  We find buckets.  And we start filling it up ourselves!  We even tried plugging the drain (pic attached).  Well, it didn´t work in time for the baptism.  So we left pretty upset and planned to baptize him Sunday after church.

A little bit about Gilmar.. we found him about a month ago, and since them he hasn´t missed one Sunday!  He´s awesome!  He has had an incredibly hard and unfair life.  He used to be a rich, black-belt Karate teacher, but then his "wife"  tried to kill him and he was left with slight brain damage, and limited movement on one side of his body.  Because of this, he can´t enter cold water, sooooo we had to plan his baptism for the hottest part of the day, and with HOT water!

Okay, so Sunday arrives, everything is going great, the tank is filled and WAIT.  The water heater isn´t working.  So what do we do?  We start heating huge pans of water on the stove!  AND in the end, HE WAS BAPTIZED! 

Literally a miracle. 

Speaking of miracles, I want to talk about a miracle that happens almost every single week.  It´s called, the Sacrament!

This last week for both my companion and I was physically and emotionally difficult- I know 1000% that it was because last week we didn´t have the opportunity to take the Sacrament.  Last weekend was General Conference, which I LOVE.  But because it was GC, we didn´t have Sacrament Meeting, and therefore, no sacrament.

There´s a scripture in the Book of Mormon that talks about this....

"And the Church did meet together oft, to feast and to pray, and to speak one another conserning the welfare of their souls.
And they did meet together oft to partake of bread and wine (water), in remembrance of the Lord Jesus."

Moroni 6:5-6

I like the part that says, "they did meet together oft."  I know that it is incredibly important that we meet often to partake of the sacrament.  
We live in such a hard world.  SO much imperfection and temptations and terrible things.  
The Lord has blessed us with THIS opportunity almost every week to take the Sacrament. To feel His spirit.  To feel His love.  To renew our covenants with Him.  To be forgiven of our sins. To focus on the saving power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  To start a new week.

I know this last week was so hard because I didn´t have this blessing in my week.  I know that sometimes it may seem like just another Church meeting, but Sacrament meeting is the MOST important meeting that we have in the Church.  I´d like to invite ALL of you, to go to church this next Sunday (yes, EASTER) and take the Sacrament. There isn´t a better way to celebrate the fact that Christ lives.  

This week, every day the Church will release a new video about Easter.   You all should take this opportunity to watch these videos each day, because I can´t!  

Love you all, and I know we all will be blessed as we strive a little (or a lot) harder to be Disciples of Christ,

xo Sister Councill

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