Yes . . . Swag IS still my favorite word. Sometimes (a lot of times) I use it with Brazilians and they have no idea what it means! So great!
Well people, this week was pretty darn good. Elaine was baptized! So cool! After last Sunday when she didn’t visit church again, I was done. I was not planning on going back there. She just didn’t seem like she wanted to be baptized. Buuuut . . . My little companion. Elder Pereira. said he had a feeling that she needed our help and that we needed to get back there. So, despite all desires to avoid that house for that rest of my life, we went back! And she prayed for us for the FIRST time when we went back. She showed up for the activity and she got the signature of her mom to be baptized. Her baptism on Saturday morning was great buuuut . . . Story time! We forgot to tell her to tie her hair up . . . Yeah you know where this is going. Maybe. So, when Elder Pereira dipped her down in the water, he realized that her hair was floating above the water, which obviously cannot be so. But, instead of lifting her up, telling her to tuck in her hair or tie it up, he dipped her down farther! Hahahaha. She was under the water for AT LEAST five seconds! I took a step toward the baptismal font because I thought my companion was going to kill our baptism. I guess there’s no better time to die than when you are being baptized? #CelestialKingdom . . . Hahahaha! Buuuuut . . . She lived and everything was great =) Then, last night, she told Elder Pereira that she broke up with her boyfriend which was great to hear. He is a little older than she is so we worried about law of chastity stuff. But when Elder Pereira asked why she broke up with him, ya know what she said? She said, "Because the prophet said we can only date when we are sixteen years old" . . . WHAT!?!?!? Yeah. Major respect points right there. I am SO happy she was baptized and that the Lord answered all of our prayers. Elaine was waaaay more ready for Baptism than I thought she was!
This week we are going for the baptism of Josias who is the Uncle of Rose. He just needs to stop smoking. Luckily, it isn’t a very big problem for him. Just gotta baptize that guy =)
We also had Zone Conference this last week which was awesome and I learned a ton. I got a butt load (not literally) of mail which was FANTASTIC! I love getting more mail than all the other missionaries . . . So good work everyone! Keep it up! I LOVE YOU ALL AND HEARING FROM YOU ALL!!!!!! Also, yes Mother, I got your package. Great? Yes. Terrible? Yes. Because I have this huge package of wonders in front of me every day that I cannot open for five days . . . #CruelMotherJokes
Well this last week was pretty average! We did meet one kid named Douglas and he is super legit and open to learning. We are going back there either tonight or tomorrow to talk more with him. Already taught the Book of Mormon and he reads everything we leave with him which is super legit because most people here do not do that. So add him to the prayer list for sure! Prayin’ for lots of miracles this week!
Hey, I don’t know why but I feel like I should say that everyone who can needs to go to the Temple this weekend or next weekend. And those aren’t ready for the Temple need to prepare. Don’t take for granted how easy it is for us to get to the Temple . . . We just have to get in our cars and go. Before the Manaus temple was dedicated a few months back, members had to travel a few days by boat and plane just to get to the Temple. The Temple is the best thing we have in this world and the closest we can get to our Father in Heaven. EVERYONE needs to go. So please, plan it out with your family or with friends. Go to the Temple this weekend or next. Promise? I promise if you go, you will find the answer to something that you are searching. You Heavenly Father wants to talk with you and be close to you. The Temple is the best place for that =)
I love you all so much! The church is so so true and the Lord truly does exist. I hope everything is going well back home and that Thanksgiving was fantasmatical. Do work for me (and for the dead in the Temple) back home. Write me lots! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Elder Jensen
PS - DAWN WATTS, YOU STUD! YOU GO DO WORK IN THAT MISSION FIELD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!