Oi Queridos Amigos e Familiares!
This week was great! Want to
hear my blonde moment for the week? So a person from Rio de Janeiro is
called a Carioca. The word for "bald" in Portuguese is careca. See where
I am going with this? Instead of saying that my companion is a Carioca
(a Rio de Janeiro native), I said, "My companion is a baldy!" oh. my.
This week I also had two baptisms: Luiza (10 years) and Luiz (9
years). They are the children of a less-active member. They are so so so
so special!!!!! Ah....I love them so much. Little Luiza is already a
little missionary. Every time she sees me, she yells, "Sister Barnes!,"
comes running and gives me a huge hug. Let me tell you about their
baptism.......only in Brazil. The heater wasn't working, so the water
was ice cold. Luiza was the first to be baptized. She was being baptized
by a young priest who had never baptized anyone before. So they are
standing in this ice cold font, and the boy performing the baptism can't
get Luiza's name right. Want to know why? Her full name is Luiza Maria
Vitoria Martins Pereira Cordoza. He had to try several times before he
got her name right. After he finally got through her name and the
prayer.......he didn't immerse her whole body. Take two. After
struggling over her name again, he made it through the prayer and fully
immersed her. BUT the witnesses informed him that he goofed up a couple
of words in the prayer. Take three. By this time, Luiza is crying!!!
Poor child! However, third time was a charm! I was standing at the top
of the stairs watching, and when it was all over, she ran up the stairs
and into my arms.....getting me all wet! After she was dried off and
warm, she was so happy and so proud to be baptized! When Luiz entered
the font, he yelled, "Ahh! Agua gelada!" Even though his full name is
long as well, Luiz Vitor Jarede Martins Pereira Cordoza, he was good to
go after the first time. I want more than anything for them to remain
strong in the faith. I want them to keep their innocence and pure faith
forever. They are really special. True children of God.
For P-day we had a picky-nicky at this really cool park and went to
the zoo. The zoo wasn't much but had some really cool ostriches (I
thought of Prince of Persia), monkeys, parrots and stuff. Then we went
and played on some of the park toys..............and got in trouble.
Haha a missionary I may be right now, but a rebel I will always be!
My P-Day will be on Monday next week. This transfer is only 5 weeks long for some reason.
have some pictures to send! The whole mission with Elder Holland and my
zone for Zone Conference. President and Sister Pavan only have one more
transfer before President Wright steps up!
I love you all! I know I say this every week, but it is truly an
honor to be one of the Lord's missionaries in this fight for
righteousness! Now, more than ever, I KNOW this gospel is true!!! I know
it, I know it, I know it!
Sister Aut Barnes