Monday, April 21, 2014

Date: 04/21/14 13:02:27
Olá bonitas!
Happy Easter! And a happy Easter it has been. Yesterday was wonderful. It started out with Irmã Debora giving her first lesson for the Young Womens. She asked us to come the first week to help and support her, especially since she doesn´t have councilors yet. She likes to talk a lot and talks even more when she is nervous so she was going a mile a minute, but she had a strong testimony and it was GREAT to see her growing and changing so much. She comes closer to Christ even week and is slowly but surely gaining a deep testimony of the Restoration and of her Savior. She also came to Church in a skirt for the first time this week! A lot of people here are anti-dresses and skirts. Although Debora´s husband has zero interest in the Church he likes us because we make Debora happy and he likes the great ways she is changing too. He bought her three new skirts this week and a few blouses and she wore them and was modest and looked beautiful. It has been so great to see her transformation from the very beginning. Up til now Debora is the miracle of my mission.
We also started teaching this other family this week who live in the back of this sketch alleyway. They were a reference from the Elderes who made a street contact with their son, Jeferson. We went there for the first time on Wednesday at night when it was raining really hard, so we were a little nervous at first, but they let us right in and they were great. They live in this small house that is falling apart but it is so full of love. There are at least three generations living there and a bunch of inlaws and babies running around, I can´t keep them all straight! They have had a hard past but are willing to listen and have huge faith in God. We taught Jeferson and an in law Taisa the Restoration this week and they were really attentive. It might have been too much for them to take in but they seemed to be willing to try the Book of Mormon and to keep commitments. We are excited to keep visiting them.
We had another interesting experience when we were doing contacts in the park last night. We started talking to this small group of men sitting on a bench when their friend ran up and started talking to us a lot about his personal, very interesting, philosophies on religion. It turns our he is also an excellent painter. He had one of his paintings on a little tile with him and we really liked it so he was like, "ok, let me run to my house real quick and I´ll make one for you." He ran all the way back home and grabbed two more tiles and a bunch of fancy paints and brought them back to the park. He painted this sunrise for us both in like five minutes without brushes, using only one finger. It really is quite beautiful and I was super impressed. It was a special easter gift!
We also hav two YSA girls in our work who are really nice and go on splits with us every now and then. They told us to come visit them last night real quick on our way home and they surprised all four of us sisteres with bags of candy and a ride home. It was super sweet and a great end to a great day. I am so very blessed!
It was awesome to share the story of Easter with everyone this weekend. We had some special lessons and got to share strong testimonies of the Savior. I learned about the Resurrection this year, and we had a strong Spirit all weekend long. I love holidays! Especially such important ones as this.
Real quick Brazilian Easter tradition: No one colors eggs here but everyone buys these giant ovos de Páscoa. They are these giant hollow chocolate eggs with other candy or toys inside. There are rows and rows of them hanging from the ceiling of the supermarket here. You would not believe how popular these giant eggs are. They are the cool thing to do.
It was overall a great, SUPER fast week full of happiness! I love being a missionary, especially in this best mission in the best area of the world.

Eat more chocolate!
Sister Marchant

Olá Presidente!
Estas semanas estão terminando mais rápido do que eu posso imaginar. Aonde foi esta semana? Nós ensinamos muito e tinha algumas experiencias muito especiais. Nós encontramos um menos ativo esta semana quando buscando na casa de um outra pessoa. Eu nunca ouvi falar sobre este menos ativo, mas ele falou que ele foi MUITO ativo por tipo vinte anos e depois de seu divorcia e outros problemas ele afastou. Nós só o visitou duas vezes e ele prometeu com firmeza ir a Igreja o próximo domingo. Tivemos uma lição muito legal com ele e sua mãe ontem onde nós compartilhamos uma mensagem de Páscoa do Livro de Mórmon e cantamos um hino de Páscoa. O Espírito foi forte e nós estávamos muito felizes. Ele falou que ele vai levar a mãe dele para a Igreja também quem não é um membro. Ontem foi um ótimo fim a uma ótima semana. Nós estamos muito corridas e muito felizes.
Ligamos por todas nossas Sísteres esta semana, e elas parecem muito boas e melhor do que a semana passada, além que Síster Freitas está doente com um gripe e Síster Cruz está ainda tendo muitos dores nos joelhos. Sister Zapata e Sister Barros são muito felizes e nunca para rir e sorrir.
O resto aqui está tranquilo e feliz. Os outros missionários aqui em Campos Eliseos são ótimos e estamos trabalhando muito. Nossa ala continua ajudar muito. Estamos animadas pela serão esta semana e estão convidando tudo mundo. Vida é boa!
Sister Marchant
Translation to English:
Hello President !
These weeks are finishing faster than I can imagine. Where did this week ? We teach a lot and had some very special experiences . We found a less active this week when searching the home of a another person . I never heard about this less active , but he said he was VERY active for twenty years, and then type your divorce and other problems he departed . We only visited him twice and he firmly promised to go to church the next Sunday. We had a very cool lesson with him and his mother yesterday we shared an Easter message of the Book of Mormon and sang a hymn of Easter. The Spirit was strong and we were very happy . He said he will take his mother to the church who is not also a member . Yesterday was a great end to a great week . We're quite busy and very happy .
We will call for all our Sisters this week , and they look very good and better than last week , in addition to Sister Freitas is sick with a flu and Sister Cruz is still having many painful knees . Sister Sister Zapata and Barros are very happy and never laugh and smile .
The rest here is peaceful and happy. The other missionaries here in Campos Eliseos are great and we're working hard . Our ward still help a lot . We are animated by this weekend and are inviting all the world . Life is good !
Thank you,
Sister Marchant

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