Sister Jientara and I may be melting from extreme temperatures, but the heat can not get us down! This week the mission broke the all time record of contacts, more than 20,000! I am so happy to see so many young people united in opening our mouths without fear to invite God´s children to know the restored truths. This week we truly were able to see the fruits of our work. Sister Jientara and I helped 9 investigators attend church yesterday. The parents of Joana are truly opening up. Ever since Cidinha (Joana´s mom) signed the baptismal form, she has opened up a spiritual blockade and is strengthening her resolve to be baptized.
This week we met 6 extraordinary women: Aparecida, Vitalina and Fabiana are a family we found while knocking doors. They are so humble, sweet and ready to learn. Edith is a cute little grandma who lives alone who invited herself to church when we first met her at the door . Carmen and her daughter Carla were investigators we found in the depths of our Area book. Carla has downs syndrome, and is the sweetest little girl on the face of the planet. on her teaching record, we noted that carmen had a very hard time with going to church. When we visited, we picked up an immediate friendship with Carla who declared to her mother she would go to church with the missionaries with or without her! Carmen smiled and marked the hour we would pass by to pick them up on sunday.
These 6 women were truly a miracle. As a missionary in Brasil, it is a struggle sometimes to get investigators to church. A majority don´t have means of transportation. Sister Jientara and I were blessed again as we wrangled two cars and members willing to drive to form a ´mini caravan´ to pass by their houses one by one and pick them up. Every one of them was sitting outside waiting patiently for us to arrive 🙂 I am so grateful to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord. A good friend reminded me that our Heavenly Father is in everything we do. His influence is in every miracle and His wisdom is in every hardship. I am so grateful for the miracles and hardships that I have passed through as a missionary, and I am eternally grateful for the knowledge that He is always guiding me.
Thank you sooooo much for the letters, emails, support and prayers. I love each and everyone of you!
Sister Whitney Dean