So aperently I have been breaking the rule and I am only allowed to WRITE and EMAIL once a week, So I cannot send you guys those letters. :( But there is this thing you can look at. I heard it was free but I am not sure. It is called dear elder. And it is a site that you can write a letter and it will deliver it to me the same day! :D Packages are great but letters are great too :) They cost less and I have more room for them in the end :) BUT I loved the packages! IT made my day! Especially because that morning we taught an investigator for the first meeting and it went so bad that me and my companion were feeling sick and not good all day, but when we open the package it made us both happy :) Thank you all so much!
Spirits are up and down. But I am guessing that is normal. We have 2 sisters in our district (one is the sister training leader) and they are always late and super judgemental to other girls in our district. It is really hard because they are supposed to be the leaders and they are setting such a bad example. Also EVERYONE in my district is late. EVERYDAY! except me and my companion. I dont know how to fix that...but we just keep being on time. Irmao Sears has a thing if you are late then you have to do a door approach all in Portuguese. So far me and sister weatherford have not had to do that. I dont think we could afford letting Irmao down by being late. We got another teacher too. irma wells. AKA Amelia. She was our first investigator and I like her more as an investigator. Irma Wells is more OCD about things. If we dont say something right we repeat it about a million times. But Irmao Sears teaches in a much different way. I am not sure. Sometimes I dont think sister wells likes me very much. But the majority of the class feels that way.
Fun fact of the week! I am able to read and understand Brother Dance's testimony! After 2 weeks at the MTC I can read it! This just shows you what a marvelous work is happening here! That in 2 weeks I can learn more of a language that 4 years of High School! I have a first hand knowledge of the Gift of Tongues. (in Portuguese it is O Dom de Linguas) It is real! And i know because half the time I am speaking i dont even know what I am saying. It is amazing in a frustrating way. And in the reverse I have been able to understand things my teachers are saying even If we have not learned or heard the words before.
Another funny thing! Irmao sears sometimes writes on the board to tell us thanks for the spirit in the class or whatever. And this week he wrote "amo voces! E Dus ama voces muito mais!" Im not sure how to take that one :P But We all thought it was funny :) (it means I love you but god loves you much more)
That is so cool sammie is still into reading! Good for her! There are so many good books out there! Tell her she is welcome to my tennis shoes books! They are amazing! If she has time :) I hope mavany is reading them too. I wish I could read them while I am out here. But Alas our reading selection is limited. I am glad to hear Mav is doing good too!
Nothing super interesting happened this week. Found out the choir wont be singing at general conference. So thats a huge bummer. One of the elders in my district said "His [Irmao Sears] looks like the Holy Ghost. He is so perfect." Which is amazing because it is true! He is perfect! And it is comforting that me and sister weatherford are not the only ones to think that. We also talked to Elder Cervantes who has an amazing story. He was baptized 23 months ago and his family is completely unsupported of him being a member let alone going on a mission. It is really sad. But he came and talked to us because he is leaving the MTC this morning to Portugal and he told us something that I will never forget. He said "If you have ever worried about your mission, the language that you are learning, or your calling as a missionary I invite you to repent. Because this is a calling of God. He has called you to preach His restored Gospel...He has called you to preach His gospel in the language that He knows you will teach in the best." This elder is super inspirational. He has been through so much! Hopefully i can get his address and maybe send something to him.
Pictures. I have been taking a lot but there is a fire wall here at the MTC and it is really hard to get them uploaded. So its a hit and miss kind of thing. And it takes forever. So I will try in a little :) Hopefully I can get you at least one or two!
Miss you guys so much!
Meu Amo Voces!