Miracles and Tarantulas

Bom Dia Gente!!

This week was killer

Actually this week was pretty slow and kind of frustrating but then yesterday was a game changer and it rocked.

We´ve been struggling to find really good people to teach. We´ve been finding lots of people that are so-so (aka mole) and who let us in to talk about Jesus but don´t commit to do anything (not even pray, what the heck people?). On Tuesday, I think 3 of our investigators in a row told us they were going to die Catholic.

But this week we tried out a new little trick. Sister Mish and I both prayed for inspiration and then both of us took a look at our area map. I picked 5 streets and she picked 5 streets and then we checked to see if any of them matched. two of our streets matched up so we´ve been working a lot on those two streets this past weeked. HOLLER. Seriously, we found a single mom with two kids, an curious 18-year old girl, and *drumroll* an inactive woman of about 20 years who let us in to teach her husband, and 3 daughters. They all accepted baptismal dates! I was like "what the heck!? I would have been on this street in 0.2 seconds if I had known there were so many people ready to be baptized here!" It was theeee coolest.

On Wednesday, we went to teach our beautiful couple, Raíssa and Michel, who are saving money to get married. They´re awesome! We were talking about the sacrament and then all of a sudden everything turned into slow-mo. A huge, hairy, black, horrendous tarantula spider came cralwing accross the floor of the living room. Seriously. I´ve never seen anything so ugly. GUYS IT WAS LIKE THE SIZE OF A HUMAN HAND. I LIKE TO EXAGGERATE BUT THIS ONE IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION.

So that was exciting.

In other news, Sister Mish celebrated 7 months as a missionary! So of course we had to have cake (duh).

On Saturday, President and Sister Bonini came to Itapipoca! it was awesome! We´re about 4 hours from the city so we appreciated seeing them :)

I LOVE PRESIDENT BONINI SO MUCH HE´S THE GREATEST. They went to our apartment while we left for the night to go to our appointments, and we came back and they had ordered pizzas for us and left us little notes on our whiteboard haha They´re the best people ever <3

This week I´ve been reflecting a lot on charity...

45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—

 47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

Mom always says that love conquers all. It´s so true. Sometimes I complicate being a missionary (shocker :)) I get anxious about dates and numbers and being obedient and maintaining the spirit and loving my compaion and blah blah blah. Being a missionary is simple. It´s about Love. If you love God, you´ll keep the commandments and you´ll serve Him with all of your heart. If you love your mission president, you´ll obey the mission rules and do all it takes to serve diligently. If you love the people, you will desire their success and salvation. You´ll grow with your companion. you´ll work hard. And the Spirit will always be there. It´s easy. and it´s all about Love! <3 yay

MUITO amor do Brasil,

Sister Chamberlain