Monday, August 11, 2014
We had lots of miracles, big and small!
Wow! This week was really good! We had lots of miracles, big and small! We had a great Multi-Zone Conference with President Dalton! He´s doing such a good job! The number of baptisms already grew this week! We had THREE! There was lots of good stuff this week, including barbeque with a member of the bishopric! I don´t have much time, so I´ll go through the list of the people we are working with: Weverson He´s doing really good! He was baptized last Saturday! Now, we will focus on reactivating Vanessa and we´re going to try to mark his mom (who likes us again) for baptism! Jakeline and João Vitor and Ludimila and Camila She was baptized last minute on Sunday after church. Maria (see next couple) walked with her to church. Jakeline didn´t want to be baptized, but Maria challenged her to "be baptized and see if your life doesn´t change." So, Jakeline and her daughter Ludimila (9) were baptized. It was a really big surprise! So many miracles have been preparing her for this! Remember that she was my first real investigator in this area, four months ago! Now, we will help her son, João Vitor (12) be baptized this Sunday! Camila is too young to be baptized. Maria and Fred Maria is returning to church and bringing her young daughter (maybe 10). She is really happy that we are helping her come back, and that we helped Jakeline, her best friend, be baptized. She wants to give us lunch (next week) and have a family home evening. Fred, on the other hand, isn´t showing any interest in returning to church. Fred and Maria were sealed, and Maria is really frustrated that Fred doesn´t want to come back to church. We´ll find out what´s going on and we will help them. If necessary, we´ll hand them over to the bishop. Their son, Rarison (14), is very active in the church. Breno Thanks to help from his best friend, Mykail (an inactive member returning to activity), and Adilson, our favorite recent-convert, Breno will be baptized this Sunday. His mom already approved. He´s excited to be baptized, go to the temple, and serve a mission (he wants to go to Argentina). He´s thirteen years old and has two inactive brothers. His family doesn´t show interest in the church, yet. We´ll work on inviting them this week! This baptism will happen! Juvinal and Magda They are getting way better. We saw them holding hands going to church yesterday morning, and they say that their relationship is improving thanks to daily scripture reading and prayer as a couple. The lesson in the 3rd hour yesterday was Eternal Marriage! What a blessing! They stayed for all three meetings! We will try to take them to the city hall this Saturday and mark a date for them to get married and be baptized! Keep praying for them and us! We have a few more issues to resolve, but the situation is so much better! Gabriel and Guilharme They missed their ride to church. Gabriel is still super excited about the church, but Guilharme (who is just 8) is struggling to keep excited. We have a less-active sister, Selma (returning to activity), who is their ride. They won´t miss it next Sunday! Gabriel will turn 12 soon, and he will recieve the Priesthood. Their parents show little interest in the church, but maybe they will go to church to see Gabriel receive the priesthood. Others There are a lot of people returning to church because of the new chapel being opened in our area! We had a ward activity last Saturday, and, now, everyone is excited about bringing their friends to church. This week, we will be contacting all of the referrals we recieved! Wish us luck! I´m so happy to be a missionary! I love this work so much! Thanks for all of your support and prayers! I know that Christ lives! Elder Richins