Yesterday, just as Sister Sousa and I were finishing a weekly planning session and had put something important in every single hour of the week, we got a phone call. It was our mission president, President Houseman. Sister Sousa got on a plane to Provo to the Missionary Training Center this morning! After waiting such a long time, she will finally be able to study English and then finish her mission in Edmonton, Canada, where she was originally called.
I am now in my third trio of the mission . . . with Sister M. Ribeiro and Sister Delmiro! I trained Sister M. Ribeiro and am happy to be with her again! They are serving in the Madalena area of Recife, and have four people marked for baptism this week and one marked next week and think they all have potential to actually be baptized. So that is crazy! Sister Sousa and I also had a few good people who need to be followed-up with in the Casa Forte area. So, our new trio will work in both areas. It will be an adventure. I am excited to work hard and help all these people. It will be hard to figure out where to go and what to do but it will work out!
Iara* did not get baptized this Saturday but she is marked for two weeks from now. Please pray for her! She is great and went to church this week. It can be scary and different to change and decide to get baptized but I believe it will work out for her!
We have been teaching Willian for a while–He is 19 and wants to get baptized! He is great but hasn’t been able to go to church yet. It was another week in which he reallly wanted to go to church, we realllly wanted him to go to church . . . but his mother asked him to help with something at the last second and he couldn’t go. I sure hope he can go next week.
Funny moments: the other week one of our investigators told us that some ladies that we taught once were talking badly about us. We asked what they were saying and she said “they said that you guys are huge gossips!” That was hilarious, because you could accuse us of all sorts of things that are true or rooted in truth that could sound bad (“They think their church is the only true church” “really pushy´” “annoying”) but we are definitely not guilty of being gossipers! We don´t know anything about those women to gossip about!
Here is a cool scripture — On the mission and in my life I want to be like Nephi:
2 And it came to pass that Nephi went his way towards his own house, pondering upon the things which the Lord had shown unto him.Helaman 10:2-6
3 And it came to pass as he was thus pondering—being much cast down because of the wickedness of the people of the Nephites, their secret works of darkness, and their murderings, and their plunderings, and all manner of iniquities—and it came to pass as he was thus pondering in his heart, behold, a voice came unto him saying:
4 Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
5 And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.
6 Behold, thou art Nephi, and I am God.
*Names of investigators are always changed