Well last Monday it rained buckets. Like go take a cold shower and that's about what it felt like. I changed my clothes three times. Which I could do because it was P day. Also we accidentally left our phone at an internet cafe. Then some guys stole it. Then we went back to get it and used the pay phones to call it. The guy reluctantly agreed to give it back. So we waited for 20 minutes in the rain for it. And by rain I mean torrential downpour. Hehe.
We had an FHE chez Rutily that night. I like kids. They make FHEs more fun. Sometimes adults don't pay ettention if the lesson is simple because they think they don't need it. They do. Having kids there is the perfect excuse to teach them simple things. Then they pay attention because they have to get their kids to pay attention. Then we played Dont Eat Pete with candy corn. Spicing it up.
Raphael has a baptismal date. He's got a long way to go, but he's engaged now and that's the first step I think. Toni and the Carpios want to go to the temple, so that helps us as well. Fix goals and your progress accelerates.
We had the best ward council this week. Super effective and lots of things getting done , which is great to see.
We showed Colette the Retab film and she loved it. She also promised to come to church when it's back in Cannes.
And Akima is just so delightful. Also I speak portuguese. I said my first prayer. I also know how to eat fish with the bones still in it.
OKay, here are my highlights from church. First, basically think of the people you love most in the world. Your kids, your spouse, your BFF, whoever. Then think of times when you sacrificed everything for them. You know their weaknesses and you don't care because you love them so much that you will literally do anything for them. Now imagine what the world would be like if you loved everyone like that. Go try it.
Second, when your kids are misbehaving, you are less likely to talk to them or help them. You send them to their rooms. Or you tell them to clean up their mess. But, when they are polite and respectful and sage, parents are much more likely and willing to help. God is like that. He is more likely to help us when we are behaving ourselves.
Third, Frere Perez's son gets home from his mission in December. He is so excited he is already planning a party and a snowboarding trip the very next day. He loves his son a lot and is excited to see him again. Again, that's like God. He sends us out here and all he wants is to bring us all back. He wants to have a huge party. Celestial kingdom.
Well that's all I have. It's short, but you can handle it for a while longer. Love.