Monday, September 7, 2015

Rio Branco - Week 15

So this week...first awesome thing was the baptism of Cristina! It went really well. She couldn't decide who she wanted to baptize her, all that she wanted was that we two had the opportunity to participate. And Elder Moreira didn't want to do the confirmation, so he baptized her! It went really well. When they were in the font and Elder Moreira was saying the prayer, she was just kinda quietly crying. She's super awesome, she'll stay in the Church forever. Her sister from Campinas came down to visit her (who is the member that gave us the reference), so that was really cool also. One small crisis was that we got to the other chapel (because Rio Branco doesn't have a font), and the bishop there said that they didn't have any more baptismal clothes. Which was a...well, crisis, as I said before. Luckily, my district leader is amazing and he got a ride from a member to bring us baptismal clothes from Rio Branco. So that was another blessing. Everything else went well though, I didn't play the piano because we just stayed in the room with the font. Unfortunately, there were only like 5 members there, which was a bit of a bummer. But all of the important people went. And then on Sunday, I confirmed her. It went well also, and so now I just hope that the members integrate her and don't forget about her.

Another cool experience was that we had a mission conference on Friday, with the President of the São Paulo Temple and his wife, Presidente Puerta. Weird name, but oh well haha. [puerta = door] He knows a TON of stuff about the scriptures, so it was really cool because he talked about the Book of Mormon. Also, the night before, one of the secretaries called me. Never a good thing. And he asked me if I could play the piano the next day in the conference. Ack! Which is apparently because all the sisters who could play piano left, and so I'm the next best :) The 2 hymns were easy enough, but then he also asked me to play the mission hymn, the march. Which...I'm a slacker and have never learned. So that was a little panic attack too. I spent until midnight cutting up my copy of the mission hymn so that it could all fit on 4 pages, without being front and back. And then when I got there, Elder Maughan and Elder Clark said that they were going to sing a duet of I Love to See the Temple, and they needed a pianist. Awesome! So I had about 10-15 minutes to practice that duet before we took the mission picture. Luckily, the daughter of Sister Cabral was able to play the mission hymn, so I didn't need to worry about that. The duet went pretty well too, considering that we didn't practice once together. But that just goes to show you the importance of being able to sightread! That, or just never tell anybody that you know how to play the piano. That works too. But it went really well!

Our weather was a lot rainier this week (almost put rainer, haha), which is kinda a bummer because everyone goes inside and there's nobody on the roads to teach. But oh well, it was cooler. Which was a nice change, honestly.

Anyways, I've also started reading the Institute Manual of Doctrine and Covenants, which is almost cooler than the Book of Mormon one. So much cool stuff, I can't wait until I get back and I can study all this kinda stuff with an application instead of a 3,000 pound book. (which belongs to the house, by the way)

A blessing that I received this week...I think it was something that I read in the manual. About one of the later sections where it talked about how little children are automatically saved. I don't know why exactly, but I just felt the Spirit super strongly while I read something that one of the Twelve said on the subject, how it's one of the sweetest doctrines of the gospel and stuff like that, and how the mom will be able to raise her kid to adulthood after this life, so she will never miss out on that joy. So that was really cool.

Oh, also an unrelated thing, but this P-day I fixed the second button on my gray suit jacket, that was threatening to come off. Not sure why the blue suit hasn't done this, but whatever. Also I bought black and white thread RIDICULOUSLY cheap (like 80 centavos or 22ish of your guys' cents, for 100 yards. Not sure if that's actually cheap, I've never bought thread before in my life. But now I'm all stocked up), but it all went well and now those two buttons will never come off. So yeah!

So I think that was pretty much my week. One other awesome thing is that right now is strawberry season, so I bought some strawberries and some condensed milk, which is awesome :) But...yeah! I think that's pretty much it. Thank you so much for everything!

So this photo of a lamp in our ceiling is kinda a funny story. Elder Moreira was bouncing a bouncy ball in our room, and bounced it once, really hard. We didn't see it come back down and it made a really loud breaking noise in the ceiling. When we looked up, he had managed to lodge the bouncy ball in the lightbulb! Which is pretty impressive. Lame though, because we are now without light in our bedroom, except for the bathroom.

1 comment:

  1. So glad he can play the piano! I hope Keaton gets a chance to do that.