Note from Editors - A bit late due to other life events.
Hello there everyone,
This week sure did pass by very fast! This week we got to go into Recife again (if you can’t tell by now, it’s a pretty big deal when we get to go into the city for something). We have a Zone Conference on Thursday and left Saturday. The Conference was good as always and we got the opportunity to learn a lot. After the Conference was over we got to go to the temple. We left the stake center and started on our journey to the temple. Usually we take a bus, but it was in the middle of rush hour and something happened and none of the traffic or buses were moving. We came across some Elders and they helped us navigate a bit towards the direction of the temple and to other bus stops. But we decided we would just walk, but we didn’t know how to get over there, because the temple was on the other side of the city, like the way other side of the city (really long), but we wanted to make it to the last session. And then an Angel fell from the sky.
A girl about our age, who had just come home from her mission noticed us and the Elders and asked if we were headed for the temple. So she was then our personal guide to get to the temple. We walked about 1 1/2 hours with her and probably another hour before with the Elders. It was also in the hot muggy weather of Recife. As we were walking we were thinking of all this walking in the heat with heavy backpacks for a couple of hours that we had to do just to get to the temple, but then we realized, hey at least we can walk to the temple, imagine all the people that travel for days just to get to the temple, or the pioneers! So we realized we were very grateful. We arrived at the lodge next to the temple completely sweaty and exhausted, but realized that we not only made it in time but also had to go eat. So we grabbed a bite to eat and then went to the last session of the temple, what a great way to end your day.
That was the most exciting thing that happened this week. Other things that happened this week... I realized it’s really good I don’t know the names of the meat sometimes here. Last week I understood I was eating cow’s hand, but sometimes here they have a different name for the meat when you eat it. So now when we have strange meat, I now have to ask my companion what part of the animal is this. Well I found out I ate stomach intestines here, yeah that wasn’t so great either.
But this week we taught this guy from Nigeria, so he speaks English. So half the lesson is in English and half the lesson is in Portuguese, it’s pretty neat. All he really wants to do is test our knowledge on how much we know about Christ´s life and the Bible, and why our church doesn’t worship certain things. It is actually pretty interesting sometimes; it is never dull when we visit him.
This week I also finished the Book of Mormon for the first time on my mission, it was pretty exciting. This week has taught me a lot of things, patience, loving others, and trusting in the Lord. I hope all is well with everyone.
Sister Rebecca Nelson