Guess what. I'm officially a sister missionary! I'm over 18 months now! You know what that means... Time to start working on my figure! (6 months 'til sexy, right Elder Brown?)
Today is Thanksgiving for us missionaries. We can't miss out on a full day of work on Thursday! So we went out for a nice Amazon hike with all the missionaries this morning. We saw a few monkeys jumping around in the tops of the trees. None of us felt like cooking anything, so we just had a relaxing Thanksgiving meal at a Brazilian all-you-can-eat buffet. It was really expensive, but REALLY good! It was unlike any other Thanksgiving I ever had!
Elder Lever (above) and Elder Savage (left) in the Amazon jungle.
Elder Belnap and Savage
View of French Guiana from the Amazon jungle
The Brazilian buffet Thanksgiving feast!
Yvelson didn't come to church on Sunday. He kind of disappeared toward the weekend. He's still awesome though! His neighbor, Micanor, now is investigating too.
Brenda didn't come to church either. She was going to, but she got scared. But we had some cool lessons with her last week. She keeps asking us really good questions and she is very interested in learning more.
Renato and his two kids Kimberly and Johlbert... Renato is never home sadly. He works out in the forest, which is a few hours away, so he is away from home for almost a week at a time. So it's hard for us to even catch him home! The only time we saw him last week was 30 minutes before church on Sunday morning. We invited him to come to church, but he said that he had to get his stuff ready because he was going back out to the forest again. We see his kids from time to time. They still want to get baptized, they just need the time!
Meïlynda did come to church! She was our only investigator that did! Her dad dropped her off in the morning. We had a member take her home and talk about FHE's and what they were. So we're going to try to invite her to one sometime soon!
We met a new investigator this last week from Haiti. His name is Chikelson and he's 17 years old. We met him after one of our lessons fell through. We were just walking around a Brazilian neighborhood and he came up to us and said, "Hey, do you guys have any books that I can read?" So we gave him a bunch of reading material. He's super cool! He wants to come to church and he wants to preach the gospel and he really wants eternal life! He really might be too good to be true! Sadly, he had a soccer match on Sunday morning, so he couldn't come to church. We'll get him there soon though!
I'm thankful for my family. I'm thankful for happy news from home. I'm grateful for missionaries. I'm grateful for this Gospel. I'm gratful for the last 18 months of my life and everything that I have learned. I'm grateful for Jesus Christ and his Atonement, and this wonderful time of year that we can celebrate it with others.
I love you all!