Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Week 72 - Camaragibe

Dear Family,

How is it already p-day again?! The time has been going by so fast. I can’t believe that this transfer is already half way done. This week has been great and we were able to do lots of things. We are teaching a lot of great new people. The first few weeks of the transfers we knocked a lot of doors and were blessed to find people that have a lot of desire to learn. This week we set a baptism date for A, the 9 year-old boy, to be baptized on the 20th, and also a woman named M for the 27th-I’ll talk more about her after!

A has made a lot of improvements. He is starting to gain his own little testimony, it’s so cute! Yesterday in church he sat on the bench the whole time and was more quiet than the last time so that was good. And also he came to church all by himself! He lives close to the church, but his older sister was still sleeping when it was time for him to leave, so he just went by himself. And also this time he sat with other members and not us, so I think that helped him pay more attention. He says some of the funniest things, it makes it hard to be serious haha. But it is super rewarding to see the growth in him after just a little bit of time.

M and her cousin C (who doesn’t have a baptism date yet) we met knocking doors. It’s actually a weird story that I still don’t understand. So they immediately let us in their house and they said that they have heard of our church before. And they asked if it was the same church that had the young men with a white shirt and tie and a name tag and we told them that it was. And then they said that just the week before two tall blonde elders knocked on their door and asked them for water and then talked a little bit about the Book of Mormon and then went away. Ok and the weird thing is that there isn’t 2 Americans together as a companionship in our whole zone! And even if there was, they would have to leave their area and come into our area (which you aren’t allowed to do) and then take a bus for like 30 minutes to find her house. We have no idea who it was. Sister Vasquez is convinced that they were angels...who knows!! But anyways it was a good thing because they were already a little familiar and prepared for us to start teaching them. M understands the restoration perfectly and has been reading the Book of Mormon. She was telling us how everything makes so much more sense now. We are super excited about her!

We are teaching a lot of other great people too and have been working with a few less actives that are starting to come back to church!! This week we had a leadership meeting with President. It was really good. I always learn soooo much with him. Sister Vasquez and I have to give a training in my last zone conference next week!! That will be fun. But I think those are the main highlights of the week.

This week I gained more appreciation of the Savior and everything that he did for us. We were teaching a less active and he was talking about how when he was active he had to wake up at 6 and go to church meetings and pick people up to go to church and then after church he had to visit people and didn’t get home till late. It was an opportunity for me to share my testimony that we will never be able to do more for God than what He has done for us. We can pass our whole life serving Him and we will still be in debt. It is an honor to wake up at 6:30 and serve until 10:30 at night. I love being able to serve all day and try to live as Jesus lived. There isn’t a better way to understand and know our Savior than dedicated service to Him.

I hope you all have a great week! I love you all and I am excited to see and talk with you soon!!


Sister Bedke


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