I literally had to recount to make sure that today was a year and four months as Sister Knapp... I'm losing track! haha This week was, lets be honest, super strange. I think our faith is being tested! Nevertheless we see tons of miracles every day and life is good in Parnaíba. The big miracle of the week is that this saturday (the 27th) is marked as Genesio's baptismal date! WOOHOO! Everyone- Genesio, the branch, our other investigators, SISTER RICHARDS AND I- is super excited and praying that all will go well. He is doing great not drinking coffee and his wedding is marked for the 25th! Its been so neat to see his progress, pretty sure Im going to cry at this baptism.
Now for the weird stories of the week:
We were walking down the street (I think most of our stories begin like this) and I said to my companion, "Sister Richards, we need more new investigators. Lets knock on a door!" So we decided to knock on the door of the house we were walking towards. Right as we said "That house" the garage door started to open. What. We looked at each other not believing. And then a car came out and the people in that house drove off. Welll... Guess it wasn't their day. :)
Another day we were also walking down the street with Jane Kathleen, a branch member, and this crazy guy wanders up to us repeating "Robei, robei, robei" ("I stole") and walked towards Sister RIchards with his arms open as if to hug her. She looked at him and said "Ah não, obrigada" (Um, no thank you) and we kept walking quickly. He then started chanting "Perdoe perdoe perdoe" (Forgive me)... It was super weird. Sorry, crazy dude, you can't steal my companion!
Now for the latest bat story. Sister Lockhart and Sister Benevides were woken up at 5:30 AM by a bat in their room. He flew around and then landed in Sister Lockharts make-up bag, jumped out and came to a stop to take a nap (no joke, he literally fell asleep) on her flat iron. They managed to get him out of the apartment with a broom and he like hissed at them as he walked into the hallway and flew out the window. Sister Lockhart took a picture of him sleeping on the flat iron. Oh bats. :)
Another semi-weird story but also a miracle: We had found a new family of investigators on Thursday and taught about the plan of salvation. We marked to go by on Saturday but when the time came we were super far away and in the middle of a lesson. We went to visit the family later that evening and when we got to their house we saw Lúcia, the mother, about to leave. She came and hugged us and said "Its a good thing that you stopped by now, we werent here earlier! My dad passed away this morning." We hugged her and she asked "Do you want to meet my dad?" Ummm...Not sure what that meant?... She asked again and Sister Richards said that we would love to if it was important to her so we followed her down the street. I wondered if Sister Richards hadn't understood that Lúcia had just said that her dad passed away so I whispered to her "Sister, he's dead, just FYI" to which she responded "I know, but I figured it was important to her." So thats the story about how we went to a Brazilian viewing. Lúcia led us to her mother's house on the other street, through the lots of visitors, and right up to the open coffin where she said "This is my dad, isn't he beautiful?" It was a cool experience though, Lúcia was so calm and we were able to testify more about the plan of salvation and how families can be together forever. She said that she wanted to bring the plan of salvation pamflet to the funeral the next day and that we could visit them again this week. I am so grateful for the plan of salvation!
The scripture for the week comes from Alma 37:37 which we read yesterday in some of our visits with the branch council and our gospel principles lesson was on the same subject: the importance of prayer. I am so grateful for prayer and for the opportunity to communicate with our loving Father in Heaven. I know that whatever is important to us is important to Him and that He hears and answers all of our prayers. Maybe the answer isnt exactly what we are wanting or expecting but I know that everything He does is for our good.
Have a wonderful week!