Monday, February 13, 2017

'Slowly but Surely`

Week 21: February 13, 2017

Man, this week was a blur! Some awesome things happened, but also some not so awesome things happened. We´ll start with the good news...

First, ELTON AND RONISE ACCEPTED A DATE FOR MARRIAGE AND BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It´s a little further out than planned, but they will be getting married April 3rd, and baptized April 8th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!!! Sis. Pires and I definitely screamed out loud after the lesson. It was an awesome moment. After all the hardships and many prayers, things are finally working out. And they had also been praying a lot about what day would be best, and I think it was a really special moment for them to finally recieve an answer. THIS CHURCH IS TRUE PEOPLE. 
Second., We had zone conference in Mindelo this past Tues, and it was awesome! Besides the boat rides......-_- Pres. and Sis. Mathews spoke along with the other leaders in our zone. I wanted to share something from what Pres. Mathews taught. He asked, How can we come to know God and Christ better by serving others?` I want ya´ll to really think about that this week and try serving at least 1 person. Em qualquer maneira! (in any way) Like Sis Pires said in one of our lessons this week, we only get ONE life to prepare to return to the presence of God. ONE LIFE. I don´t know about you, but I´m feelin 22! hahaha sorry I had to. But really, we only have ONE life to become our best self and be prepared to return to the presence of our God someday. So we better use this time wisely! And what better way than by serving others! 

Not so awesome things...

first. We have txeu menos ativos (less actives) who don´t want to come back to church because they were offended by ward drama. Please pray they will have a change of heart. And that our ward will get their act
second. We still currently only have 2 progressing investigators (Ronise and Elton) BUT we found new pesquisadors this week and a few of them seem really interested!
third. we´re still knocking doors like it´s nobodies business. Who´d a thought this would be a thing in Africa....(def not me)
fourth. i realized that i´ll be going 1 1/2 years without pulled pork :´( 
and fifth. kriolu (the creole language) is still heck hard!! 

So there you have it...obviously the good outweighed the bad, but we still had both this week, just like every other person in the world. I love you all so much though and would be nowhere in life without your love, support, and amazing examples. Please continue to read your scriptures and pray everyday, AND attend church every week. I know that if you do these things, God will help with the rest and you will have more paz e felicidade (peace and happiness) in your lives. As always, remember who you are, and don´t take for granted asphalt roads in America (it gets super annoying tripping on cobble stones every day)  :)

--Much love, Sister Jorgensen xoxoxo

my district on the boat ride to Zone Conference
the lovely cobblestone roads!! 

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