I am glad you all had a great week!! It was a good week here in Cidade Vargas. We had some ups and downs, but overall I had a good time and loved the people we got to meet and work with.
We started off on Tuesday with a mission-wide conference with President Broadbent. He is really trying hard to increase the faith, power, and authority we have as missionaries. The conference was AWESOME. President Broadbent is funny because he loves to talk and the meetings always go longer than planned...for example, the conference was supposed to be from 3-7 but lasted until 9 at night. Luckily we live close to the chapel where the meeting was but it was truly a revelatory experience. We set a goal as a mission for baptisms in September and for the rest of the year and I am so excited to be able to reach this goal and truly use the power I have as a full-time missionary of my Heavenly Father.
The rest of the week was wonderful as well. We had some ups--Karine finished the Book of Mormon; Iara and Fernanda stayed in Sao Paulo again; and Maria Ines (Henrique’s mom) went to church two weeks ago, felt the Spirit, and decided she wanted to quit smoking and get baptized. She will get baptized in a few weeks--a huge miracle!
But also some downs--Karine decided to push back her baptism a week, Iara’s dad didn’t come to church so we have to wait for him to baptize her, and other awesome investigators fell off the face of the earth.
However, I have learned as a missionary the good ALWAYS outweighs the bad and the most important thing to do is have faith in God’s timing.
But the most unfortunate news is I won’t be in this area to see how these people progress because we got transfer calls today and I found out I am getting transferred. I have to admit, I am more than a bit heartbroken. I didn’t think I would get transferred with only one transfer left and I am sad to leave this area behind. I am crying a little bit as I type this (the other Brasilheiros around me must think I am pretty pathetic) but I really did fall in love with my area and companion and investigators here.
I don’t know where I will be serving or who will be my new companion but I will find out tomorrow...it will be an interesting experience to only serve in a ward for my last transfer but I feel very strongly Heavenly Father wants me there for a reason!
Have a great week!! Please keep me in your prayers and pray for the investigators here as well!! This transfer will be a grand adventure! Wish me good luck in my new area!
Com muito amor,