week 55 . forgive me?

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I AM SO SORRY about last week. We had planned to come back to the internet café but it didn't work out and Pday ended and that was that. I was so bummed and felt so bad for not writing you guys. Forgive me?

So you all know that last week was TRANSFER WEEK. And like you probably realized from the pics...I was transferred. Biggest shock of my life. I was 100% sure that I was going to stay in Mossoró. And Sister Trage was positive that she was going to be transferred. She'd even packed her suitcases. We were sitting on the curb when the elders called, and when they said that I would be transferred...I lost it. I just started crying my eyes out. I was so pumped about this area and our investigators and the members and everything. And Sister Trage stayed in the area, her 4th transfer there. It was a little hard on her too because this is the only area she's ever worked in and she's getting a little tired there. We indulged ourselves and complained a little bit and I cried (more than a little bit). But then we sucked it up and remembered that God knows what He's doing and He's got a plan for us here on our missions. 

I was transferred. . .

to :: Potengi (a ward and area in Natal)

+ The idea of being in the city again was so strange to me, since I've passed the majority of my mission in the "country" and I love it. And the way to work is so different in Natal because the culture is different in some aspects. But since I've gotten here I've realized that it's a wonderful area. Lots of open-minded people who are willing to hear our message. We have a great teaching pool, members, ward mission leader, and recent-converts. I'm excited to work here (and stay here for more than one transfer! Fingers crossed haha)

with :: Sister J. Silva
+ She's from São Paulo.

+ She's a convert to the church! She got baptized when she was 15 and her brother was on a mission nearby (he got baptized first) and his Mission President gave him permission to baptize her, the day before he went home! Such a cool story. And her parents got baptized while she was here on her mission. She's got a rock-solid testimony and faced a lot to be able to be here on a mission. I'm learning so much from her. 

+ She loves all things Disney. #kindredspirits

+ She's cries almost as much as I do. If there is ever a water shortage here we won't have a problem, we just need to cry into buckets and we'll have a solid backup water supply. 

+ She's a total sweetheart, funny, hardworking, and we are getting along wonderfully. I love her!

+ She's going home in October! I might "kill" her (when a missionary goes home we say they're "dying" and the last companion they have "kills" them). It would be great to spend two transfers with her here in Potengi! 

We have been super busy and I'm still completely lost in the area haha but it was a great week. Yesterday we had a baptism!!!!! Her name is Valeska and she has 13 years. We have been teaching her, her mom (Veronica), and her sister (Vladina). They are a wonderful family. They are going through some really difficult things right now and are really needing the light of the gospel in their lives. Valeska has been so excited to be baptized for awhile now, and yesterday she was finally able to! She practically bounced into the chapel she was so happy. The baptism was beautiful. (and I made a cake yesterday, all by myself, and it was a success. the mission is doing miracles for my baking abilities haha)

Sister J Silva, Valeska and Megan

There is a recent-convert that Sister J. Silva baptized named Brendon. He is amazing. He's attending seminary and is always studying and memorizing scriptures. And when he goes out to teach with us he always invites everyone to read the Book of Mormon and pray asking if it's true and bears his testimony. It's the sweetest. And he's preparing to go on a mission next year! 

#minhavida //
+ We were teaching Brendon and we got up to leave, but when I stood up I lost my balance and fell back into my chair. Sister J. Silva just laughed (she's already used to it), but Brendon got really worried and was going on about how he saw something on the news about low blood pressure and that I needed to be careful and should maybe go to the doctor. Haha apparently my lack of coordination is life-threatening now. 

+ We were having lunch at a member's house (they're an elderly couple that is adorable. I want to be them when I grow up). And they had invited a friend over to eat lunch with us (family, do this! It's the best for us missionaries). But anyways, the wife was a nurse for like 48 years and started talking about experiences she had had in the medical field which was actually really cool. But...then she started explaining in detail about circumcision to her friend. Sister J. Silva and I couldn't make eye contact with each other or we would've died. 

+ When we were walking on the sidewalk my foot got trapped in a little hole in the cement and I tripped big time. We're dying laughing and then a guy yells out of his car window: "Hey, watch out for the holes!" Thanks for the heads up buddy. 

I'm so happy here in Potengi. I'm missing Mossoró and my dear Sister Trage, but it's not stopping me from loving my new area and companion. I'm so excited to work here and help God's children come to know the restored gospel. I love this work with all my heart. 

Eu amo vocês!
Boa semana!

Sister M. Baker

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