28 January 2013

1/28/13

Family family family!!

Found out last night that I will be transferred! I am going to open a new area (again) in Ilheus (different Zone, but its only 2 hours from where I am right now). My companion will be Sister Nascimento (Brazilian) and she only has this transfer left, and then she goes home, so most likely I will be in this new area for at least 2 transfers!  I´m pretty excited for the new adventures ahead, but so sad to be leaving my companion Sister Cruz! She will be training a new Sister, and its a 66 percent chance it will be an American, so I´ve been coaching her on ways to help/teach learn the language.

This week we searched and searched for the houses of references that we received from ward members and other missionaries. Once again I´ve realized the most likely the general authorities are really frustrated with this country because its impossible to find people´s houses EVEN with their exact address. This country is not a house of order! But for me as a missionary its a great way to talk to more people while we´re asking for directions. So, the Lord does everything for a purpose!

We taught a woman who was so ready for the gospel, she´s extrememly humble, asking so many questions, and literally could not wait for the next point in the lesson to be taught. I almost felt like it was too easy teaching the message of the restoration with her! But we only visited her once, so who knows the second visit. But there truly are people who have been prepared to receive the message of the Restoration!
One thing I´ve realized while learning another language is that it is SO SO SO easy to instantly know if someone is humble/wants to hear more or they will take the time to listen to me and respond back to me when I ask questions. Whenever this does happen, I am so excited to teach this person cause I know that the things we are sharing are being heard.

This church is true, and as members we have the responsiblity to help others grow! So lets help out!
Love,
Sister Clark

21 January 2013

1/21/13

Congratulations Luke and Liz!! The pictures are amazing! Wish I could have been there! Hope all is well with you two! Speaking of which, this sunday a woman gave a 30 minute talk on the adjustments of marriage. It was so awkward. Even the Bishop had a confused look on his face...

We had a baptism this week that was a complete surprise. This man has received all the lessons but he keeps flaking out on the appointments and he practiced and probably practices voodoo still. Beyond that he was a golden investigator. He came to the surprise birthday party that I planned with the other Elders in the ward for my companion and said he wanted to be baptized tonight. So, we filled the baptismal font with water in 20 minutes (usually 1 hour) so the baptism wasnt super late, because it was already 8pm. We turned on the water and carried countless buckets and dumped them into the font. Pretty much everyone was sweaty and exhausted by the time he got baptized. But he got baptized!

My mission president and his wife came by our apartment and said we will most likely get another companion and she´ll be new.. 66 percent chance itll be an American and that wont help my portuguese at all!

This week we´ve been teaching a lot about the Sabbath Day and why we worship only on Sunday (Ressurection of Jesus Christ). Here in Brazil there´s services every day for the majority of the churches. Strange- but convenient I guess. My testimony is growing everyday in tiny aspects like this, and I am so grateful to be here!!

14 January 2013

1/14/13

Dear Fam Fam Fam,

This week has been strange to say the least! The majority of our investigators know the Bible way too well and just wants to talk about things that are insignificant and me and my companion have NO IDEA what theyre even talking about. Its basically a competition for them. They are either this type or have some mental problems. Soooooo its been a week full of prayers asking for Heavely Father´s inspiration to help us help them. We´ve been trying our hardest and we´ve been creative, so its just up to the Lord now.

This week we almost had a baptism. Our investigator came to the interview before the baptism and he was extremely sweaty. He went into a room with out Zone Leader and 2 minutes later he came out saying he wanted to talk to us. He said he wasnt ready for baptism and that he´s done such horrible things in his life (he was part of a cult that does baptisms in animal blood, does voodoo, and is 100 percent of the devil) that he could never be forgiven of his sins and baptized. He then left.  We had talked to him A LOT about these things, and he was really turning his life around and he loved everything we shared about the gospel of Jesus Christ. We still have yet to talk to him again because he left to go be with that same cult in some other city, and his family doesn´t know when he will return. Soooo, who knows!

Ive been studying a lot about the Plan of Salvation this week. Specifically about the Pre-Earth Life. One thing I~ve learned is that God placed us in our families, in our locations, and this time for a specific purpose. He has a purpose for us! What a beautiful thing!
Also, we were walking in the streets and we heard 4 gun shots. I thought it was just fireworks, but we found out later that it wasnt. And apparently 2 people got shot near our neighborhood. But luckily we werent there. The streets were madness, evveryone was running toward the scene of the crime and the sound of police sirens was present for hours.Thank goodness for the protection from the Lord and His tender mercies!

Love you all! Peace and Blessings! This gospel is perfect.
-Sister Abigail Clark

07 January 2013

1/7/13


Fam fam fam!!

I´m glad the Open House still happened even with a plane delay! Woohoo! Go marriage! 
Instead of writing what happened this week, I think I will just write what happened on Sunday morning. A day in the life of a missionary perspective!

Woke up at 6:30, pondered on the beauty of this life- per usual. Hopped into the shower/got ready and then Sister Cruz and I left at 7:45 to pass by the houses of our investigators who wont go to church unless we go with them. We first passed by the house of Renato, Rafael, and Gisele. They are 3 kids who live right by the canal. Crossing over the canal we walk over a wooden bridge. On sunday it was extremely dangerous because it had rained that morning and parts of the canal were on fire. I think I reeked of camp fire smell for the entire day because of this! We picked up the kids, and then went to the next house. The next person is a 20 year old guy named Dielton. He knows the Bible a little TOO well. He doesnt have much humility, but he knows every single detail of the Bible and always asks us questions that we have no idea, nor do we think even matter in the grand scheme of things (to be frank...) BUT he always has a smile and is super nice! This morning, he was asking us questions about the creation, all the little details about it. And finally we had to pick up one other man named Ita-Mar, he´s a drunk... So we decided to drop off the kids, and Dielton first at the church, then go get Ita-Mar.

Good thing we did that. When we got to Ita-Mar´s house. his wife answered. She said he was not allowed to go to church today because he had the devil inside of him. We asked if we could talk to him, because his wife is ALWAYS mad at him for some reason. So we thought it was normal. We waited a while and then spoke with him. He was snorting crack and you could see the white powder around his nose. He tried to give us hugs/who knows what else, but his wife fought him off and was punching him to keep him away from us. After Ita-Mar fell to the ground, and didnt get up, but was still babbling, his wife said he was playing in the canal the night before. This canal is CRAWLING with rats. Good thing I didnt shake his hand! Phew!

Finally we arrived at church. We were extremely late, but it didnt matter. There was a man at the front who started talking to us as we walked in. He said the whole ward knows that I almost got hit by a truck this last week. Greatttt! So pretty much everyone came up to me and said that I should be more cautious! I was being cautious, the truck driver was going 100mph on a small side road and he came out of no where! But the whole city knew about it just cause they all knew that im the practically the only blonde who lives in the city!

And that was my sunday morning! I survived! Phew! 
This week was amazing though, miracles happening everyday!
The church is true!
-sister clark