Friday, September 16, 2011

Getting the New Guys

1- Yummy brazilian pizza! - yes that is chocolate

2- Here are the guys we lived with this transfer, Elder Heleno, and Elder Carlos. Elder Heleno just got transferred and Elder Carlos is now training the new American that just got here

3- On the bus with the dead! (thats what we call the people that are going home)

4- All 3 of us were companions with each other. Elder Belnap and Albrechtsen were comps in Uruguaina, then Albrechtsen came here, and I went to Uruguaiana with Belnap, and then I came here to be with Albrechtsen

5- The group going home, including a senior couple

6- The group that just got here

So yea, this week has been CRAZY busy.
Last Saturday we taught a guy named Victor. He is 18. We found him looking for a less active person 2 weeks ago. It turns out he lives in the house now, so we talked to him, and he said we could come over sometime.
So a plan fell through on Saturday, and we went there and taught Victor and his mom. They were both really good, they understood very well, and the spirit testified of the truthfulness of the message. They both said they would go to church. Unfortunately, only Victor could come on Sunday, but he loved it. We were talking to him, and he read the 2 chapters we marked in the BOM, and looked up videos of Presidente Monson on the internet. At church we showed him the baptismal font, and he asked when baptisms happened. I told him one would happen next week and that he could even be baptized on this day, he said that he wanted to!

Monday was a crazy day. It was transfer day, so we spent a lot of time in the office doing stuff, then we got to teach a bit at night. Tuesday was also crazy. We woke up at 5 in the morning to get on the bus with the missionaries who were going home, and we took the bus to Porto Alegre. It was super weird going to the airport, because it seems like it was just yesterday that I was getting there and getting picked up by the Assistants.

So then we picked up the new guys, and we came back to Santa Maria. It is about a 4.5 hour drive in between the two. Then we had a dinner thing with them at President's house. Cool stuff. But yea, we had no time to work on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, we did trainings with the new missionaries and their trainers in the morning and afternoon. Basically we use powerpoint, and then Preach my Gospel and the scriptures and stuff like that. I taught about our purpose as missionaries. Then that night we could finally work a bit.

We went to Victor´s house and taught him the plan of salvation. We decided to mark his baptismal date for the 25th. He had read all the pamphlets we gave him, and various chapters of the BOM. He told us that for a few weeks before we got there, he was praying for God to show him the way, and then we showed up. He said he was going to go to church in a suit this week. Sweet.
Then yesterday we had the leadership counsel, that all the Zone leaders and District leaders came to, and we gave trainings again. This time I talked about inviting people to do the vairious commitments we extend as missionaries (going to church, reading, praying, ect.) and following up on them, as shown in Preach my Gospel, it was good.
So yea, my week has been quite busy, but quite good.

I hope you are all doing awesome, because I sure am!

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