THIS WEEK WAS THE GREATEST WEEK IN THE HISTORY OF WEEKS
We finished preparing the rockstar couple for baptism this week and seriously, they are so strong and prepared. In one of his prayers with us this week, he thanked Heavenly Father for eliminating his doubts and expressed his certainty about his decision to be baptized with his wife.
Antonio and Edilsa had a beautiful baptismal service on Saturnday morning. We were a little nervous because basically the whole ward was returning home from the caravan to the Recife temple (a 500 mile trip) and there would be very few people to help get everything ready and attend the baptism. We woke up a little extra early to get the baptismal font cleaned and filled and threw together the greatest chocolate cake to share (seriously, America? why haven´t we figured out brigadeiro yet?). [Brigadeiro is made from condensed milk, powdered chocolate, butter and chocolate sprinkles to cover the outside layer. It is cooked on the stovetop or microwave, then formed into individual little balls.]
The Caravan arrived about an hour before the baptism started! It was perfect! #tendermercies. The Spirit at the baptism was so sweet. It was amazing and humbling and wonderful and about 30 other adjectives that I can´t remember how to say in English. Antonio and Edlisa joined their two children in the church of Jesus Christ, and it was so perfect seeing their family united, peaceful, and so so so happy. Sunday morning Antonio and Edilsa were confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Shortly after, they presented and blessed their baby, Pérola. Their daughter, Pamela, bore a powerful testimony of fasting and prayer, and right after church, Antonio received the Priesthood. IT WAS PERFECT. THEY´RE PERFECT. I´M SO IN LOVE WITH THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY.
In other news, this week we had to go to some official looking government building so I could get a CPF (pretty sure it´s like the equivalent of a Social Security Number). Anyways, every Brazilian has one and now I have one so I´m basically now officially Brazilian. Also, I love coconut.
Also, I love Portuguese (haha remember like 5 months ago when I hated it? memories <3)
Also, I love being a missionary!
I´ve never been so happy and I know it´s because I get to help people all day long find peace and truth in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It doesn´t get better than that :)
Love and Beijos from Brasil,