Christmas Cheer

This week was fantastic! Seriously! First of all we had Mission Christmas Conference- which turned out to be a blast with lots of laughs and lots of good food.

Well this week we did exchanges for one day (Wednesday to Thursday). It was great working with Sister H. in Arco Iris. She is from Wisconsin and is really amazing. She has a big desire to work and keep the mission rules. Then President Cruz asked us to divide with them once more because they were having a couple of differences as to companionship. Well it was really interesting and difficult. …I never thought that on the mission I would have to deal with other people’s problems…. Well there are new surprises along every bend.

So we spent a lot of time travelling by bus. it was great. We also did a service project this week at Irmã Denice’s house. We washed her moldy walls with chlorophine. It turned so very white afterward you’d hardly recognize that it was the same wall.

So this week we taught Letícia and Isadora almost every single day this week in preparation for the baptisms. Well when we were teaching Isadora, her mother told us a story. Cristina told us, “All of these four years that we have been distant from the church, we never stopped living the gospel. We (as a family) always lived the standards, but we just didn’t go to church. During this time we always pondered about what it would be like it Jesus entered into our house…how we would react…how we would embrace Him, etc. Well when we met you sister missionaries and you entered our home and started teaching us, He entered as well. Christ entered our home when you two started teaching Isadora.” Wow. The spirit flooded the room when she said this. She really recognized us as Christ’s representatives. :) Well Isadora was baptized Saturday after this experience and the whole family returned to church that same Sunday to watch the confirmation. They are planning on enduring to the end!! woohoo! Seriously it was so great.

Letícia got baptized as well! All of their family and friends were there to support and it turned out really well. The only negative thing was that we started the baptism an hour late..( I don’t know how things are can happen so late in the true church of Jesus Christ)…. haha After the baptism we had the ward Christmas party including a dessert contest. Us missionaries had to leave early (horários) but they let us try some of the dessert before leaving. I love panetone! It is a sweet bread that the eat down hear around xmas. It is delicious. However quindim, pudim, and gelatina are not my very favorite desserts in the world. Choco-chip cookies are always the best.

I said goodbye to Sister B. today at the Rodoviária. I will miss her a bunch. She is amazing and I really admire her dedicated missionary service. I wish her lots of luck in Uruguay!(She’s now returning home). I will stay with Sister Castro for one week and then receive my “new” companion the following week.

I wish you all a fantastic week. I cannot wait for the 25th! It’ll be so great. Only 2 weeks to go! Só alegria aqui na missão Porto Alegre Sul! Love you all!

-Sister Jessop

PS. Sorry I don’t have pictures…my memory card ran out…but I’ll buy a new one…. no worries