Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Week 28~Fátima

This is what Brasil does to your hair

Dear everyone,

This week was a relatively normal week with lots of lessons, but few people progressing. We did find out this week that Francisca, the young woman who was going to be spending Summer break (it's strange to say that in December) in São Paulo with her cousins, will not be going after all! It's truly a miracle! Just that now she doesn't want to be baptized and she won't tell us why. She is set on waiting until next year. You can imagine our disappointment with that one. 

This coming week Sister Granados will be going home :( Sister Granados was my Sister Training Leader in my first area and I had the wonderful opportunity to live with her for the past two transfers. She's taught me and helped me so much so it's sad to see her go home back to Colombia. We will be staying in a trio until the real transfer day which is the 29th of this month. The Mission President is letting everyone who would go home that day go home on the 18th so they can spend Christmas with their families. Awwww. It'll be sad to see him go in July when we get a new Mission President. 

We visited Fátima this week which in itself is normal because we have to visit her every week or else she calls the Bishop. I don't know if I've told you about Fátima, but she's a bipolar inactive member here with a reputation. Every single missionary talks about her. But anyway, this week was a miracle because she told us she loves us! Whoohoo! It's an accomplishment, really. She calls me her boneca which means doll. Actually everyone here calls me that because I'm white. 

Oh, also, my companion got kicked by a horse this week. She wanted to take a picture with this horse on the side of the road (you'd be surprised by how many people ride horses instead of drive cars) and after I took the picture the horse turned around and kicked her in the knee. Thankfully, it didn't break, it's just swollen. She is very blessed I'll just say that.

This week my companion and I have been pondering a lot about the Atonement. I read a talk this week by Elder Oaks about how the Savior is able to succor us. And because he descended below all things he knows what we feel and he also knows how to help us. One thing I've learned is that he knows who to put in our paths so that we can be helped and can be able to feel his love. I've also learned that in this life we can be those people that the Lord puts in other people's path to succor. And we should prepared to do so. 

That's all for this week! Até mais!
Love, Sister Lockhart

Caucaia do Alto

​It wouldn't be the South American experience without some Chimarrão and Tereré