Yesterday, our Bishop said, "Don't lie, Sister Garrick, you're more Brazilian now than you are American." Hahaha! I, of course, agreed. It's who I am, and I love what I'm doing- for this purpose, my mission will be extended 3 more years. 😉
Well Carnaval has started here in Olinda, that's for sure! When there's a Carnaval block literally on the corner of the street on a Sunday afternoon, it's easy to distinguish which is the tree of life and which is the great and spacious building haha. A wonderful family visited church for the first time yesterday and we are so excited to help them prepare for baptism and follow the Lord's commandments and teachings! :)
This week we also had Zone Conference where we learned about humility, obedience, faith/trust in God/miracles, urgency, and how to plan better. President and Sister Bigelow moved when and how we do our weekly planning sessions, but it seems a lot better this way already! :)
I really love being here on the mission. There is no work that is more important that a person could do here on the earth. The gathering of Israel is happening. This week I was reading in 2 Nephi 30 in my personal study and would like to share a scripture with you that I read:
3 And now, I would prophesy somewhat more concerning the Jews and the Gentiles. For after the book of which I have spoken shall come forth, and be written unto the Gentiles, and sealed up again unto the Lord, there shall be many which shall believe the words which are written; and they shall carry them forth unto the remnant of our seed.
4 And then shall the remnant of our seed know concerning us, how that we came out from Jerusalem, and that they are descendants of the Jews.
5 And the gospel of Jesus Christ shall be declared among them; wherefore, they shall be restored unto the knowledge of their fathers, and also to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which was had among their fathers.
16 Wherefore, the things of all nations shall be made known; yea, all things shall be made known unto the children of men.
17 There is nothing which is secret save it shall be revealed; there is no work of darkness save it shall be made manifest in the light; and there is nothing which is sealed upon the earth save it shall be loosed.
18 Wherefore, all things which have been revealed unto the children of men shall at that day be revealed; and Satan shall have power over the hearts of the children of men no more, for a long time. And now, my beloved brethren, I make an end of my sayings.
I know that this gospel is Christ’s. HE will return and we must feast upon His words as we speedily prepare.
Love you all,
In Jardim Atlântico in front a famous pizzeria
Kids preparing for Carnaval
Zone Conference with Sister M. Costa
Zone Conference with Sister Sousa and Sister Pereira
Zone conference with the North Zone and The Jd. São Paulo Zone.