Lucia’s baptism

This week was really jam-packed with things to do. First we had a conference in Pelotas with our new mission president this last Friday. Presidente and Sister Cruz seem really nice. Presidente Cruz is funny, yet he also is super spiritual. We got to know them a little bit and see a bunch of other missionaries that were there as well. I got to see Sister G. and Sister R. again along with other missionaries that arrived with me on the mission at the same time.

I think that Heavenly Father is really looking out for us missionaries because this week we were short on money and without food at home and yet we did not starve. It reminded me of a scripture in the book of Matthew 6 that goes, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we beclothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

We managed to not starve to death because on Saturday we went to celebrate a birthday in the ward at Irmã Santa’s house, and we also had dinner at Lucia’s house that same evening. Irmã Santa made the b-day cake and we also ate mini hot dogs there. For dinner Lucia made really yummy lasagna for us. It was a serious mini-blessing that we witnessed here in Bagé.

The other thing that happened this week was Lucia’s baptism!!! It was so very special. We were visiting and preparing her this whole week to get baptized this Sunday. When we went over the baptismal interview questions with her she mentioned that she might not be living the law of chastity. However the following night our zone leader came to do the actual baptismal interview and she left the interview really excited for baptism, and extremely excited to start a new page in her life. The following Sunday (yesterday) they announced the baptism and she was baptized the following evening.

The ward was so dang supportive of Lucia on the day of her baptism. Almost the whole ward showed up! Without asking, the members brought lots of cake, filled the baptismal font and gave lots of encouragent for Lucia. Overall it was an extremely uptifling experience for Lucia and for everyone in the ward. Lucia seemed super happy during the whole meeting. She really is changing her life by being baptized in the true church of God. From the very beggining she started to read the Book of Mormon, pray and go to church. Her conversion was a quick one. She gave up coffee really quickly (even though when we were teaching her about the word of wisdom she told us that she always needed her cup of coffee in the morning and before bedtime.) She is an absolutely amazing person and I am so glad to have met her and shared the gospel with her. Did I mention that it was me who decided to knock on her door the very first night? :) Que felicidade que o evangelho me traz!

So today we received the news for the following transfer and will in fact be leaving Bagé. I am going to open a new area in Porto Alegre (an area that was previously Elders). I will be opening it with a new missionary which means I am going to train a new sister! Woohoo! Haha. I will be a mother (on the mission). All of this put together means a whole lot of responsibility for me. Wow. I am super dang excited for this new part of my mission. It will be such an adventure working in the very heart of Porto Alegre. I have heard that this zone is really at the heart of the city and that never before had there been sister missionaries there. I’m nervous, and excited all at the same time. Pray for me! I am going to work my tail off in this next area and my new daughter and I will batizar até o pó! Haha.

However I am very forlorn to be leaving Lucia and all of the other wonderful people I met here in Bagé. Bagé will always have a place in my heart.

Wish me luck in Porto Alegre! Amo Vocês!

-Sister Jessop