Today is transfer day!!! I only have 3 transfers left!!!!!! WHAT?? I will be staying here in my area. It will be my fourth transfer here. I was a little disappointed because this area is super small and I am already really sick of it, but I know that President wants me to stay here with Sister Araujo for a reason.
So, out of all the 150 missionaries in my mission, I will be leaving at the very beginning of June ALONE!!! No one else from the mission is leaving the same day! Normally a day before going home, those leaving have a dinner and testimony meeting and go to the temple with President and Sister Wright. Because I will be leaving ALONE, I was invited to join the group that will leave one transfer before me............................
.............................. .............................. .............................. ..........just
for the dinner, testimony meeting, and temple session. Hahahaha
GOTCHA!!...I will come home when I am assigned to come home in June, I
will just participate in the temple, dinner, and testimony meeting in
April. Sister Wright is kinda worried about me flying home alone,
hahahaha so she is working on finding me a direct flight home instead of
a flight with the usual connections in Sao Paulo and Atlanta. Bless her
heart....I love her. But wow......trunky. I saw President the other day
and the first thing he said was, "You don't have much time left, Sister
Barnes." Then Sister Wright told me that they are already working on
buying my plane ticket and everything. I have 4 months to work my heart
This week we taught a gay couple. That is something I have never done before. A couple days ago, 2 men stopped us on the street asking for a Book of Mormon. One of these men is a member that moved here to the Rio Grande do Sul a year ago and hasn't been to church since......because he found a boyfriend, is what I am thinking. The member seems totally normal but his "friend" acts, talks, looks gay. BUT he is really interested in the church as well. We taught him the Restoration and he understood everything. It was a great lesson in fact. They have kind of been skirting around the whole "gay" thing and have just referred to each other as "great friends." Pray for me as I follow the spirit to know how to approach this! How do you ask two men if they are gay? Anyway.....it is really complicated, but I know that everyone deserves a chance to accept the gospel.........so wish me luck!!
Today we had a P-Day with the whole Zone. We went to a park and played basketball, volleyball, soccer, frisbee. Then we went to a member's house and ate churrasco! It was super fun! I will send pictures. I will be sore tomorrow.....it has been awhile since I have played sports!
I love you all. I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ, restored and perfect. At times I get frustrated because I can't express how special the gospel is in words when I bear testimony to people here. It really is something you need to live. As you live it, you will see the countless blessings that it brings into your life. You will see that it really is the path that gives us happiness in this life and leads us to eternal happiness in the world to come. The mission is the best thing I have EVER done in my life. Best decision I have ever made in my life up until this point. So grateful that my little sis will be able to share in this priceless opportunity as well.
LOVE YOU ALL! LOVE THIS GOSPEL!
Sister Barnes (I will be Sister Barnes Sr. tomorrow!)