I have never prayed so much in my life! Haha. This week went very good! I have become accustomed to Brazil and the culture quite well. I feel a lot more confident then the first transfer. Definitely a great blessing that the Lord has blesses me with at this time when I am training a new missionary. I have seen a jump in the language as well with the new assignment to train Elder Gois. He is a great missionary and a goof! I think we will have a great transfer together. He doesn't speak English, besides a few words. He is from Parana, which is very close to us. Just one state over. He is 18 and he is helping me a lot with the language. This week we had a lot of success! I don’t know if it was just because we are both new to the area or if God has changed this area, but we found 4 new investigators this week.
Monday, after emailing we ate and then went to the Chapel and watched the Testaments and played board games. Elder Silva and I saw a few people so he could say good-bye and we then had dinner with Fatima and Marcio.
Tuesday, we woke up at 4:30 and got ready for the long bus ride. Took the bus from Sâo Borja to Santa Maria (5 hours), got there and meet up with all the other transferring elders and trainers. We then had lunch at McDonald’s!! That was super good! : ) Went to the hotel and they said we could do whatever we wanted today so we went throughout Santa Maria, which isn't too big, but super cool! It was super nice to be able to relax for a while.
Wednesday, we woke up and had the great hotel breakfast before going to our trainers meeting. President Parrela and his wife are awesome! Haha. We then had the meeting where we meet our new companions. We had 20 new missionaries. We then got on the bus and headed back to Sâo Borja. We arrived home at about 9:30PM and Elder Gois was having some problems with his leg cramping and he was a little nervous for the next day because we walk so much. He asked me to give him a blessing and I did it in Portuguese…Very cool!
Thursday, Elder Gois is doing great and he could keep up with the work we needed to do. Went to a lot of members homes to introduce Gois to them and we also found a new investigator. His name is Arce. He is super friendly and an elderly fellow. Talked a little about our beliefs and he invited us to return. The rest of the day we taught a few investigators, but not much progress with them.
Friday, today was a success as well. As we were walking to the Villa that is super far away we ran into 2 men under a tree and we talked with them about our church. They told us to come back as well after we taught them part of the Restoration. When I was talking with Arce and these two men my Portuguese came out smoothly. Definitely felt the power of God working through me. I could also understand quite a bit of what they were saying! At the Villa we saw a lot of less-active members and after the good weather came in! RAIN! : )
Saturday, I slept super well with he cool weather. The whole day was overcast and it was nice to not be sweating all day long. Haha! Had lunch with a part member family and during the lesson I don’t know what happened, but I was prompted to invite the non-member Dad to be baptized. He was hesitant, and said he needed to prepare more. I felt like he is prepared. Kind of awkward, but I believe it went well. We then saw a few less-active members and found a few potential investigators, but didn't have too much luck. Finished the night’s work teaching Kelly and Katlin, but they are both pretty weak. Had a night of ice cream here and it was awesome!
Sunday, church went great! We had Kirstena and Marina there, who are investigators. We had a great lunch and then went and taught Arce again. The lesson went super good!! He started crying when we talked about how the gospel blesses families. Elder Gois invited him to be baptized, but he has a problem because he believes he was already baptized. I tried to resolve the concern with the little Portuguese I know, but we will have to return and explain more of why Baptism is essential.
I am so grateful for this opportunity to train. President must really trust Elder Johansson, Elder Arrendando and I for letting us train already.
Mom, about missionties, I don’t know if I would have time to write back on that system, but receiving letters like that would be cool. If it cost money I don’t think its a good idea but if its free then why not. : ) I don’t think I really need anything right now, but I will continue to make a list of things I may need and get it to you. This week I have prayed a ton! Every day I am a little nervous about the language, because I have to take charge, but I know that Heavenly Father is helping me so much. AMY congratulations!! Great work Amish! : ) I love the Pictures!
Dad, The language is much better now. Every day it gets a little better. People can actually understand me a little better, but I have to talk slow. My companion is awesome and I understand that I shouldn't be too pushy, but he already is a pretty hard worker. I hope that doesn’t go away. My health is much better and I feel a lot more comfortable here. I know how to eat now.: ) I make French toast almost every morning with 2 bananas on top! : ) I will send a picture. That is awesome you met Elder Polatis. He was a good missionary here. I didn't know that about President Parrela, coming to Saint George frequently. That is cool! Thank you for the sports update!
I love all of you so much! I can´t believe I am almost half way done with this amazing service I get to do as a servant of the Lord! : )
Have a great week.