Monday, June 23, 2014
Hey everybody! How are you all doing!? I am great. This week was a good one, so I am going to get going on some highlights.
This week was a white one. We baptized José Luís, Luís, and Mariana. It was fantastic. We finished up teaching them, they accepted everything so well, and understood perfectly. They did great with the interviews, our zone leaders were impressed. Earlier in the week Mariana was having some anxiety about baptism, because an anti-Mormon neighbor had talked bad about the church to her. We invited her to do a prayer with us to ask God what she should do. She did, and after, she said, ''I am going to be baptized.'' It's amazing to see Heavenly Father respond to our investigators prayers, even those from a 10 year old girl. It is one of the greatest miracles of the mission.
We had to hire a taxi yesterday to drive out to a beautiful little lake to do the baptisms. It was either that or drive 2 hours to Vila Real... The lake was definitely way better, although it did make me miss swimming a little. The water was nice and warm, and it was a nice hot day too. All three of them were so excited! I love seeing investigators excited to be baptized! It is the best. Everything ran smoothly, and they all ended the day smiling. Tonight we have a family home evening with them and a couple other families from the branch. It should be good.
Our big focus now will be Iury and Abidulai. Abidulai is struggling. He is pulling out a little bit. Pray that he can receive and answer to his prayers. It is hard to contact either one of them, because they are in the last stretch of their courses, and time is hard to come by. We still haven't taught the commandments to them, and we are running out of time. We need a miracle to happen with them this week so they can get baptized soon, hopefully Sunday.
We only have 2 more weeks left in the transfer, time is blowing by at speeds that I can't believe. I should stay here for the next transfer, but our district will probably change up at least a little. My good friend Elder Camper from my district in Cascais who works in a town about an hour away from Bragança called Mirandela will probably transferred. I am starting to get used to all the change I think...
There has been a lot of stress in our branch these last few weeks, and it is a lot to deal with. I have been in close contact with the stake president, and we are in kind of a rough spot with some things going on here. We only had 13 in church yesterday counting our 5 investigators and us. That’s only 6 regular members. Pray for our little branch.
Okay, I need to write my mission president now, but I love you all. Thanks for all of the letters and all of the prayers. Have a great week!!!