Paciência? O que é isso? Não tenho paciência... nada. Presidente Amorim postponed transfers for a few days and sent out an email saying that p-day was to be spent preparing our apartments for white washes.... ever since I read that email this morning I've been having a horrible fear of getting white washed out of the area. I am definitely not ready to leave Leiria... but I guess what I want isn't always what Heavenly Father knows is best. :) So tomorrow morning we'll get transfer calls and then we'll see what happens. Elder Morrison thinks that the whole district is getting white washed. Dun, dun, DUN!Today for p-day we've been organizing everything and getting our luggage ready and the apartment ready just in case we get white washed out (P.S. Sister Larson, you forgot the picture that Joaquim gave you... I'll get that in the mail a.s.a.p.). It's amazing how the apartment never looks 100% clean because it's so empty. :) It's a nice place though... minus the flooding verandas, but I got that sorted out this morning. It was an adventure. :)
It was a beautiful baptism. It was really simple but it was amazing. The Spirit was so strong and Giovanna's brother Filipe and Camila and Jaqueline were all crying. Camila said it was so nice to be in Portugal and feel the Spirit just as strongly as she does in Brasil. It was the first baptism that Filipe had done and it was so sweet to watch him baptize his little sister. If a picture is worth a thousand words I would probably talk for forever about how amazing it was to see that. IT was the perfect example of how the gospel changes lives. Filipe was there with tatoos and everything, all dressed in white to baptize his little sister. That was a beautiful moment. Giovanna was so nervous though that she forgot to hold her breath and came out of the water coughing and choking, but with the biggest smile on her face. We got special permission for her to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost the same day, so after the baptism the Bishop confirmed her and gave her the Gift of the Holy Ghost. He was so happy and he gave Giovanna a huge hug a kiss on the forehead afterward. It was incredible. And now Giovanna's little sister Inês wants to be baptized and I told Jaqueline's boyfriend João that now he knows what we mean when we talk about baptism, so now he has to start preparing for his baptism. His eyes got a little wide when I told him that, but Jaqueline said that they're making plans to get married so that he and Inês can be baptized. On Sunday all the members bore their testimonies about the baptism and Amauri said that it was "uma reunião maravilhosa". That made my whole week incredible! :)
So it's been a wonderful week as we wade through the water and have all kinds of adventures. :) Not everything runs according to the plans that we make, but everything always runs in such a way that you can tell that Heavenly Father is in charge. When you have the eyes to see the hand of the Lord it's impossible to doubt that He really has a perfect plan. Everything works out so well (even though it's rarely what we thought would happen) and there are so many miracles everyday. It just makes me really happy... my emails are all poorly put together and really hard to follow, but I'm just glad to be here in Portugal. I'm really grateful for this chance to be a missionary. I'm really grateful that I got an extension and I can spend more time here. I love this little country and all it's funny little quirks, but I especially love the people they are amazing and wonderful and strange, but i just love them.
P.S. New Year's Eve from our apartment. We had a good view of the fireworks that they shot off from inside the castle... we were also so close that it was incredibly loud.
And then there was the baptism of Giovanna. She is adorable and I just love her.