Monday, September 26, 2016

Week 69~Weddings & Cultural Fairs

Hey guys! This week was smooth.

First of all there was a wedding in the ward! Luzinete and Edivaldo have been going to church for 2 years but were never baptized because they didn´t want to get married. But miracles happen and they were married on Saturday. It was my first wedding that I´ve attended here in brasil and it was pretty cool haha.

This week Luan came to church again and brought his mom who is so nice. Luan is progressing really well and is really liking the church. His brother, Junior, didn´t wake up to come to church because it was cold outside, but next week we´ll get him for sure! 

We also got invited to a cultural fair where a few young men and young women go to school. It was pretty cool to see what a brasilian school is like. It´s very very different haha. They did a fair about technology which was cool. A few students did a project about dengue which was cool. Afterwards we got to talk to a lot of friends of the members and everyone was like ´´You´re mormons? Cool!!´´ 

A miracle for the week: we got a referral on our cellphone that said this lady sent an email to the church saying she wanted to receive the missionaries. So we got there and she said ´´I knew it was you when you rang my doorbell.´´ haha. But it turns out she already received the missionaries, but wasn´t baptized because, well actually she won´t tell us why. But she said she misses all the books of the church and that she wants to start over. So that´s why we´re here!

Here´s some pictures from last week I didn´t send. Love you all! Until next week!
Sister Lockhart

Master Chef
Culture Fair

Monday, September 19, 2016

Week 68~Master Chef...

Hey guys! This week was great!

First of all, we got a great referral from our district leader. His name is Luan and he is the friend of a recent convert in our district leader´s ward. He went to his friend´s baptism and became interested in the church and wanted to have the same change of lifestyle that his friend had. 2 weeks ago he was atheist, but now he´s going to church, saying his prayers, reading the Book of Mormon and says that now he can see that God really exists. He´s just a great blessing. We are also teaching his brother, Junior, who is atheist too. But is starting to pray too. Their mom supports everything and they all promised to come to church next Sunday! :D

We also got a referral from a member who´s son is a less active and got married recently. Her name is Isabel and is evangelical, but likes our church and she is way cool too. We´re going to make a goal to have her baptized in the next month and have them sealed in the next year. 

These are the main two people we are working with right now. We also had a ward activity (I think this is the second ward activity I´ve had on the mission) and it was a hit! We did Master Chef Desserts! All the members brought a dessert and the people who were visiting were the judges. It was great! Isabel went and loved it and we also got a few referrals from there too. Ward activities are a great tool in missionary work (hint hint!!) 

We also had a meeting just for the sister missionaries at the Mission President´s house which was cool. They had a bunch of Sisters who work at the Headquarters of the church come and give talks. It was awesome. Then they bought us pizza with the crust filled with chocolate (you will never taste anything better than pizza from São Paulo with the crust filled with chocolate, trust me.) The best lunch ever.

That´s about it for this week. I made french toast today for everyone in our house and Sister Thomas gave us maple syrup. It was heavenly. Here´s some pics. Love you all! Until next week!

Sister Lockhart
French Toast
Sister Perez, me and Luan

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Week 67~Blast from the Past

Hey ya´ll, another week down and a few more to go. This week was a blast from the past because we got to do a service project! Yay!

This past week was Independence day for Brasil so all the missionaries coordinated with the stakes to do a service project for ´´Mãos que ajudam´´ or the mormon helping hands group, I forgot what that group is called. So we went to the old folk´s home! And we sang and talked to the old people like we did when I was in young women´s. It was great. I also got to see people from Jardim Celeste which was my first area and all the kids ran up to me and were like ´´It´s the american sister that I helped with portuguese!!´´ Hahaha it was cute.

Let´s see, this week Ramatis is traveling, Fabio cut us because he said he is content with his church, The Temple of Solomon. We brought two young women to church and Danilo came!!!! (Danilo is Stefani and Paloma´s brother) His mom is supporting him now coming to church which is good. When you open up an area, things are kind of slow in the beginning because you have to find people to teach, but at least that means there is a lot of work to do. This is like my 4th time opening up an area, so I guess you could, as my family would say, call me a professional. Hahaha. 

Not much to say, but here is a lot of pictures that I stole from other people´s cameras. Until next week!
Sister Lockhart
 at the old folks home
singing "I am a Child of God"
my companion likes to take random pictures of me...
I found a Brasilian clone of my nephew...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Week 66~We <3 Taboão

Hello family and friends! 
This week was really great so let me just tell you about it. Disclaimer-this keyboard is really weird so sorry for the mistakes.

This week we have been working with two men. One is Ramatis who is a scientist, but believes in God (thank goodness). I actually found him last week on the plaza and we had a nice conversation and marked another visit with him. He went to church this sunday and liked it, which is good because he thinks that since God is nobel his church should be nobel too. We invited him to be baptized, but he has a hard time trusting people and said he has to look the person in the eyes who will baptize him. He is understanding more now that he needs to baptized, but still has not felt that God has answered his prayers.

The other guy we working with is Fabio. How we found him is cool actually. We were leaving our apartment and walking on the sidewalk when I said [Lets go this way instead]. And when we went the other way we made a contact with a guy who said he wanted to go to our church, but never had the courage to go alone. He came to church with us sunday too and we are planning to teach him at the temple! Whoo!

I could write a book about the miracles that have happened this week. We have had lots of spritual experiences this week. Thank you for your love and prayers! Until next week!

Sister Lockhart

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