oh mama!!! things have been SO crazy here!!! tranfers are..well today! its my first "official" transfer because we knew we were staying here in petro oeste together to finish training. so we had no idea what was going to happen today and everyone bet on sis namura leaving..welll au contrario mama! its actualy kinda funny. we were all set to go to the stake ctr. nobody told us we werent having a meeting for transfers like last time! we were on our way when our zl called and said oh sisters...were not meeting together but let me tell you where youre goin! i was at the post office n sis namura and i had the speakerphone on! im transferring to a diff area...Feira 1! its 3hrs from salvador! transfers are tomorrow morning but we travel night so we leave 2230 tonite and get there in the morning and so tomororw ill be in my new area...i feel super strange. i kinda wanted to leave but at the same time i dont want to!!! sis king is going to replace me here in petrolina and im going to replace her!! (she was my ctm comp!) i dont want to leave!! i love the area and the people!!! nossa! its realy hard :/ but i know the lord needs me in feira 1! i hope i find out soon why!!!
couple stories(some neat some hard!)
1. hardest weekend so far! we spent about 2hrs at a investigators house bible bashing basically. more or less sis namura was talking and getting heated and i was trying to find words to say and keep the peace! i finaly had to say something so i asked if he believed in God, and i bore my testimony. mama i think that was the first time in my life i felt like i realy had to stand up for what i believed. it was incredible. i realy felt the spirit and my testimony was deff strengthened that moment!!!
2. one of our rc(recent converts) is passing a really realy hard time. we went to get him sunday mornin to go to church( hes been out of town for about a month) and mama he was so insistent to not go. the family is really against the church and dont support at all. he told us that morning that hes going to another church and doesnt want to be a member anymore. i cant explain how i felt that moment. it was one of those i wasnt mad or irritated, it was more of a sad and dissapointed. i couldnt be mad at him. i felt like a mom talking with her son. i love him so much that i want him to make the right choice. we were there for an hr tryin to get him to atleast go to church before he made a decision. but he wouldnt go and he didnt. i cried alot that morning and prayed alot that morning. i realy hope he comes back. AND we went to get another family and they wouldnt come either, and one of our investigatores flaked too....which leads to story #3
3.william! he was baptized lastweek and this week received the HG!! hes officialy a member! but whats even cooler, the same day/same sacrament meeting that he was confirmed, the bishop gave him his papers to start filing out for a misson!!! hes already preppin to go on a mission! he realy is prepared mama! we just helped him to the font to get baptized lol
ilove the strippling warriors! i just got done reading alma and about the strippling warriors and idont have my other scriptures but there are alot of scriptures that talk about their attributes. that they learned from their mothers to walk uprightly before god and put their trust, they obeyed with exactness and were sober in the work and in the word. they were boys,they fought for their families, their freedom and for their country. for this they were liberated and succeeded!!! when i think of the strippling warriors i think of boys who were taught to obey. have a scripture that says they obeyed every word with exactness that capt moroni said. they didnt complain or ask why, they did. they trusted in capt moroni and obeyed. i read this story in the ctm and decided that i want to be this kind of mother. to know and be humble enough to teach these boys to trust in the Lord like they did, to have courage and humililty like they did. im gettin a lil choked up thinkin about it, but talk about what happened before the war. tlak aobut their mothers and what they taught their sons. talk about being firm in the faith and putting your trust in God. alma 26:12-we are nothing without the Lord!!!
i love the strippling warriors, but i think i love more their mothers!!!!
o sis namura told me something one time thats really got me thinking, i was singing to her when we were walkin home to calm her down one day cuz she was a lil agitated but i was singing to her and she goes..sis benedict. have you ever thought that you were one of the angels singing when christ was born?......no actually i havent! but i got to thinking...man what if i was! what an honour!!!! i bet everyone was singing when christ was born, maybe for this music is so powerful and touches the heart. she also told me that im going to convert people with my voice alone. I dont say this to brag or say that i can sing or anything,,,but irealy believe that the Lord can touch the soul in every way possible. and i can testify that when you have nothing left, sing!!! its incredible how strong the spirit can be!! im excited to have more experiences!
this weekend was one of the hardest, but it was one that i felt the spirit the strongest..funny how that works!
i love you all!!!
o ps another crazy story! we were visiting a member and leaving when we saw a car trying to turn the corner on our street and he totally took out a wall haha he was drunk n couldnt turn the corner! i thought it was funny! but he took out the wall, backed up and came barrelin down the dirt road the street we were on. all the moms!! sai da strada!!! vai pra casa!!! all the kids runnin inside....and then everyone was at the house with the broken wall talkin lol its kinda funny everyone flocked to the house to see what happened!!