Teaching the Word of Wisdom, Making Language Mistakes, Eating Curry

August 2019 Zone Conference
Photo courtesy of Sister Lori Houseman

Iara is still marked for baptism this Saturday!  Yesterday we asked her how she was feeling about baptism, and she said she didn’t know if she wanted to change.  I asked her what she was afraid of changing and she said she wasn’t sure she wanted to give up drinking on the weekends.  We taught her the Word of Wisdom, and though she was initially unsure (why coffee?)  she accepted!  I love it when people start out the Word of Wisdom lesson totally taken aback (I love coffee!  I will never give it up!) but say at the end that they will start living the Word of Wisdom from then on.  She says she hasn’t received an answer yet about the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith, but we are hopeful that she will be able to recognize God´s answers this week.  

Isabella decided to go to the beach instead of going to church, but she also accepted the Word of Wisdom despite being initially against it, and she hasn’t drunk coffee since, so that was a good sign.  The couple who are the parents of a missionary didn’t go to church last week, but we will visit them today. Hopefully we can figure out how to see them more frequently.

Sister Faulconer and Sister Sousa (far right) help clean up at zone conference
Photo courtesy of Sister Lori Houseman

Funny language mistake: in Portuguese you have to use intonation when asking questions because the sentence structure doesn’t change, so if you don’t change your voice people will think it is a declaration rather than a question.  Yesterday I was trying really hard to put this into practice and consequently wound up putting the emphasis on the wrong syllable — I asked a member if she had put pieces of poop in her cake!  I meant to say coconut but it didn’t quite come out right!

It is still raining here.  It is going to be a shock when summer comes.  The temperature now is awesome.  

Thai curry–Made by Sister Faulconer in Brazil

I made Thai curry last week and it was awesome.  Not as good as Thai Drift, but it still filled a curry-shaped hole in my heart! 

I would like to send photos but now my sd adapter doesn’t want to work. 😦 


Love you all!

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