Padrão de Excelência! (Pattern of Excellence!)

So today I told Sister T. I was sick of taking so many trips to the grocery store (for it is rather far away). So we decided to get all that we would need from the grocery store in one trip. Wow! You would not believe how heavy all of this stuff was. I carried 12 kilos of milk along with 2 kg of flour along with a bunch of other stuff. Not to mention we were fasting…..talk about a bad idea. But we survived! And I hope that all of these groceries will last for the next month. 😉

In response to Jack-Jack´s worry- No, Sister T. and I are not being rejected 😉 Y’all needn’t feel worried. Brazil is definitely what D&C 4 was talking about. Baby, the fields are white and ready to harvest!

This week was fantastic. As a mission we have some goals. These goals are called the Pattern of Excellence. The Pattern of Excellence sets a high standard for us missionaries and helps us achieve the maximum possible out in the field. This week Sister T. and I were really blessed because we achieved the pattern of excellence!!! It´s kind of a big deal for us because we’ve had some previous abysmal weeks. On Sunday we had 13 investigators show up! (That number is mostly because we are teaching a bunch of hooligan children at the moment…but still… 13?! Como assim?!)

Sunday was the clutch because we still lacked 2 baptismal dates marked at the beginning of the day. But let me tell you- the Lord is merciful-because a family that we had previously contacted was randomly at home on Sunday and they all (the parents and the one daughter above the age of 8 that is) accepted invitations to be baptized. I absolutely love teaching families out in the mission field. There is nothing more satisfying than testifying about the reality of the eternal nature of families to a cute little happy family. We have been really blessed this week to find families to teach. I hope that all of them accept the gospel. I´m certainly praying that they will I have learned that parents really lead by example and that it is really important that they teach their children principles of the gospel!

Small miracles
#1 One of our investigators is 14 years old (named Alonso). I kind of underestimated him initially because I thought he kind of just went to church to participate in the activities with all of the young men. However this 14 year boy wrote his testimony of the Book of Mormon on a little sheet of paper and very slyly handed it to us during an activity. He is so awesome. We want to start working with his whole family now. 😉

#2 We started teaching David this week from a reference from his namorada (girlfriend) in Pelotas. He is just generally a cool dude. We started out with the first lesson but then diverted when we found out he didn’t have a firm belief in Jesus as our savior and redeemer. Basically we just testified of the reality of Jesus Christ the whole time with him. We asked him to say a prayer and ask if Jesus really is the Christ. It was such a spiritual and cool lesson. Then on Sunday he showed up for sacrament and we asked him if he had prayed and he got all quiet and said, ´”yes and I felt it.” Wow!!!!!!! He is so awesome! The power of prayer is real! The spirit certainly testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ. He is our Savior, and our friend. He loves us and helps us in our times of need.

I love you all sooooooo much! Have a good week

-Sister Jessop

I Survived Transfers

So today we got the news of who would be transfered and good news! I get to stay in Rio Grande with Sister T. 😉 Hallelujah. This is the place to be during the summer. :)

I was chased by a horse this week and I met a baby goat. Goats seriously chew everything in sight. We were standing there talking to this one guy about the gospel, meanwhile his goat was just nibbling on the end of his shorts. No big deal. haha.

We did service this week with Maos que Ajudam (Helping Hands). We did yardwork and cut grass with cleaver things. Oddly enough doing yardwork made me miss home a little.

I have decided that I hate dogs on the mission (sorry Dash). The dogs here are the stupidest creatures alive. Wow. When they follow us around town they disrupt all of our proselyting. They always wake up the masses of dogs just resting behind the fences. All of these dogs turn into an amazingly annoying barking choir just welcoming us down the pathway.

I´m super jealous of the Halloween party. It looks super legit. I love all of the costumes. As far as the costume contest goes: I think that Andy and Natasha tie with Jack for 1st place. Jack is just so darn cute in that Harry Potter gettup. I miss the holidays. Darn it.

I love you all so much!!

-Sister Jessop