This weekend was special as we went to Palmas for stake conference and they called a new stake president who I am sure is going to be wonderful and make some awesome changes here in the stake!! Elder Costa (Brazil area president & seventy) spoke to the stake, wonderful talk... about how President Morais was truly called by God to lead this stake. Wonderful message.
It was amazing to see some members that I haven't seen in such a long time...almost a YEAR since I've seen these people!! When I left Palmas I thought I would never see these people again, I remember that day I cried so hard. But the Lord truly knows my heart and brought me back here I'm so grateful.
Irmã Isabel, who is practically my Tocantins mom...I called hernight to tell her we'd be going up to Palmas for stake conference and to ask if we could eat almoço at her house afterwards, she said of course...and she made me this heart-shaped chocolate cake. #bestcakeever I love this woman and her family dearly.
Other picture... #braziliansloveCoca-Cola #FelizNatal #
This week is a big one for us cause we're doing a BRANCH ACTIVITY, we're going to do a scripture scavenger hunt in the chapel and we're hoping that it gets the branch excited!!
I thank Heavenly Father every day of my mission for accepting me here in His field. I know that it is a privilege, because there are so many people better than I am who could be doing this work!! But He chose me! Imperfect me. :) It's funny how here in the mission field you live a completely elevated and higher standard of the Gospel, and your faults and weaknesses sometimes seem so much more eminent than ever. So much more transparent.
I am grateful for my Savior who is molding me. In português we have a verb that is 'lapidar', in English you'll see the noun and adjective 'lapidary' that is somebody who cuts stones
But this word in português means a lot to me abecause in Cristalina I came to know this word really well. Because everybody there is a stonecutter, everybody there talks about going to 'lapidar' their precious stones, to cut them.
They take HUGE chunks of crystals, and cut the tiniest piece out of it. And the piece that comes out is crystal clear, so beautiful.
I remember bearing my last testimony the last day I was in Cristalina. and I was able to stand at the pulpit in that tiny white house and say 'Jesus Cristo tem me lapidado aqui.' Jesus Christ has cut me. He molds me.
He is truly changing me to the person that my Heavenly Father wants and needs me to become.
Thank you for your prayers and support, I know I write little but I truly thank Heavenly Father every day for the opportunity I have to be here in the mission field to have MY life changed by Jesus Christ's Atonement.
Amo todos vocês demais!!