Hello there everybody,
This week was pretty tiring, mainly because we were traveling, but this week was pretty great. First we had transfers today, however I am still here in Gravatá. So basically everything is still the same, and one of the two other sisters that we live with was transferred. We will have a mini-transfer in two weeks, and I might go then, we never know. So I think for now if you will send anything to me here it's better to send it to the mission office.
This week we went to Recife, and had a conference with half of our mission. It was pretty neat. We also were able to go to the temple. It was the first time that Sister Corrêa went to the temple. They first told us that we were going to the temple Wednesday and the meeting would be Thursday and we would sleep there. So we canceled everything, because I tend to plan ahead, well this is the first time where planning ahead hasn't worked for me, ha-ha. They moved the day, so we were here for Wednesday, and then couldn't find anyone. We walked everywhere, and it was the first time on my mission where my feet were actually hurling. But it was worth it because we got to go to the temple. We left for our meeting Thursday and were there for a good part of the day. Heard from the president and his wife and the assistants, I learned a lot. I was also able to see some of the other sisters again, it was nice to see them all.
Afterwards we went to the temple and we wanted to sleep there, but we were informed that they had no room because the temple had just opened two days previously, but We tried anyway. We asked if they had any room at all, even a mattress on the floor. They said they had a nursery room. So we went in a room with cribs and everything. but they were very kind and brought in mattresses for us. So we slept on the floor but it was all very good, and we were grateful they gave us the room. But at night we were able to go to the temple. I love going to the temple. The next day we had breakfast with one person and lunch with another. So it took us awhile to leave. We then took a metro bus, to a train, then to another bus, it took us about 3 hours to get home. By this time my companion and one of the other sisters weren't feeling good. But the other set of sisters had baptismal interveiew. So I quickly ran with the sister that wasn't sick to the interviews, it was a very busy day.
But some miracles happened this week. At church, a family that we have been teaching for awhile, but whom needed to go to church, actually showed up. We even tried calling them in the morning and they didn't answer, but they showed up to church! Sister Corrêa about had a heart attack. it was great. They were even able to see one of the baptisms after church . They really liked it. We will see what they think now!!!!!
Another miracle that happened this week. A member who always helps us, was going to bring a friend to our English/Spanish class. However it was a holiday so we weren't going to have it, but he asked us to be there anyway. When he brought a person to the chapel we explained that we were sorry that we weren't going to have the class, but then we talked to him for a bit over an hour and started talking to him about our church. We also took him on a tour of the building and explained all the stories relating to the pictures in the hall with Christ. But towards the end I told them that we were practicing a song before he came and wanted to share it with them. We sang I know that my redeemer lives first and second verse in Portuguese then the last two in English. It was quite amazing. Later he told his member friend that he loved how we explained everything to him and loved us singing. He couldn't come to church this week, but promised next week. We are quite excited to see how it turns out. It was a spiritual uplifting experience.
I love the things that happen here on the mission, whether for good or bad I love them all.
Sister Rebecca Nelson