This week was week number 4 of our 6 week transfer... it was a big week for us, but turned out to be a very difficult week for us.
Monday- we had p-day with our zone. We played games, basketball, volleyball, and of course soccer, at the church with all of the missionaries from our zone. We have an average sized zone with 20 missionaries. It was a fun day! I enjoy spending time with the missionaries in our zone! Lots of fun energy! Sister Bott and I also went and purchased red shirts to match the elders in our district who bought matching ties and asked us to coordinate our clothes with them for the following district meeting... precious!!!
Tuesday- CONFERENCE WITH THE PRESIDENT! We got up at 3:30am to get ready and walk to our stake center to get on the bus to go to Marília- another city in São Paulo where the conference would be held. We ended up leaving the stake center at 6am and arrived in Marília with the other zone. It was fun to meet up and chat with some of the other missionaries from the other zone who I have already served with in other areas! It was really fun! Then, we got started right off with Presidente giving an incredible training about the importance of teaching repentance with power and about finding new people to teach! It was incredible! I love him sooo much and am so grateful for a presidente who is inspired by God!
Wednesday- We had the sister training leaders with us for the day to do divisions with us.. It was a good division and we learned lots! I was with one of the sisters and we taught a woman named M... she is 90 years old but you would hardly know it because she is in such great shape! She has 7 children and even great great grandchildren! She has amazing faith and is interested in learning more about the restored gospel. We taught her the gospel of Jesus Christ and about how baptism, in order to be valid in the eyes of God, needs to be done the way Christ was baptized- by immersion, age of accountability, and by priesthood authority of God. She has already been baptized in several other churches and so she didn't accept very easily...but she was funny and nice about it and accepted our challenge to pray to see if she needed to be baptized or not...hehehe cute, funny old people... we shall see!
Later that night, Sister Bott and I went to teach the boyfriend of a member in our ward. The member is a somewhat recent convert. She is 46 and her boyfriend is 54. Her boyfriend told us that he grew up as a Jehovah Witness.... and that he fell away when he separated from his wife recently.
We taught P. (the boyfriend) and her about the gospel of Jesus Christ and testified of baptism and the plan of God to this couple.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday---I HAVE HAD A YUCKY COLD!
THE MEMBERS ARE AWESOME AND BROUGHT US FOOD to help me feel better!!!
Val and Rosivani hired a man to come and handle the issues with our cold shower and plumbing issues in our apartment and brought us tons of food!! They were soooo great-- Val is a protective husband and father and has literally taken us in as his own daughters! He brought in a man to take care of all our house issues and left and said, "I hope you know that this is what I would do for my own daughter- you are my daughters now..and I love you both! If you need anything, you call me directly!" I thanked them graciously and told him that our real parents would be sooo grateful to know that we are being taken care of sooooo well!!
AND THEN...THAT NIGHT, ROSI AND VAL BROUGHT US BED COMFORTERS!!! DU-VE BLANKETS! MINE IS GRAY AND BLUE WITH A WORLD MAP PRINT!!!! ITS SO CUTE! THEY SAID THEY NOTICED THAT I DIDN'T HAVE A THICK BLANKET ON MY BED AND COULD TELL THAT I LIKED THE COLOR GRAY SO THEY BOUGHT ME NEW BEDDING!!