A Good Week

Sister Faulconer in Escada, Pernambuco, Brazil

We’ve had a good week!  Jeniffer* went to church yesterday!!!  Last week we finally met the old goal we had of # of investigators at church all last transfer.  She is keeping all the commandments and we are excited for her!  An eight-year-old we were teaching (with her mother) went to church as well–Carla.  Hopefully her mom will want to go to church in the future as well.  She is very cute.  I asked her what her favorite thing to do was and she said “pray.” “Do you feel like God answers your prayer?” “Yes, I asked him if he was real and He said he was!” We gave her a Book of Mormon yesterday and she said she would read it!  A member from a different ward took her whole family and her non-member friend to our ward yesterday as well.  That young woman gets 2000 awesome member points. Taking him to the ward where he lives was a great idea. 

Juliana and Joao Pedro went to the marriage office!  The office said they had to redo their documents before getting married (expensive) but we are hoping they’ll find a different route.  After the spiritual experience we had with them last week, we were hoping they would progress more and they really have!  We called them a few times this past week but weren’t able to visit them until this Sunday.  We went to teach the Word of Wisdom and Joao Pedro said he hadn’t drank in a week (i.e., since the last lesson we taught them!)  That means that after getting married they’ll be keeping all the commandments already!  Eight years ago, when they first heard about the Church they lived very different lives.  They were owners of a bar! This is a great example 1 Corinthians 3:5-8.  Other missionaries planted the seed in their lives, many many other missionaries watered that seed for months and years, and God is giving the increase!  What a blessing to be “ministers whom ( Juliana and Joao Pedro) believed.”

We’ve only seen Wesley once since the transfer started, so that was too bad.  But the other day a less-active member stopped us in the street!  She hasn’t been to church in years, but missionaries visited her and her family a year ago and she loved their visits.  I actually met those sisters because a year ago they were at my Christmas zone conference. It’s funny to think that was a year ago already!  Her three children (and a boyfriend who lives in a different area) accepted baptismal dates when we went to visit them. We aren’t sure if any of them will be able to go to church next Sunday, but we are excited.  

Escada

The ward Christmas party happened this week and we met a few non-members there.  We’re excited to visit them!  We also went on splits with the sisters in Escada.  I had never gone on splits with a sister in training before.  It was different, but great!  Also, I was slightly sick and spent an entire day not working in order to do a urine test at the hospital.  It was a production!  But I am grateful to have the missionary health plan–I really feel for the many people we meet who do not have that blessing.  

Sister Faulconer and her companion, Sister Nogueira

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