First off, I think you want to hear about my companion. Sister Taylor is from SD, and her grandparents are the Witney´s, the former Temple President and his wife. She also knows Melanie Steeley. Crazy small world, isnt it? Shes been on her mission for a little more than a year now, and we have a lot of ideas for how to work in Itabuna, so it will be a good transfer. Its a little weird, because I am kind of in charge in the area right now because I know the area and the people that we are working with. At the same time, I really know the area very well. Its huge, and I have never been very good at remembering directions. I have been praying a lot for guidence. A lot. And I am still not exactly sure how this will work, but I know the Lord has a plan for everything. I know I have a lot to learn from Sister Taylor, and I know that we will both grow from our time together. I am ready to work. I am ready to do more than I have been doing, and I am ready to be an instrument in the Lord´s hands.
One of the first nights Sister Taylor was here I was feeling especially lost, and so I asked if we could stop and say a prayer. We did, and I found myself talking to the Lord and begging for His help and asking him to dedicate the street where we were (I am not sure if I can technically dedicate things since I dont have the priesthood, but I figure the Lord understood what I was asking) and I asked Him to direct us to a person who will be baptized this month. The very first house we knocked on after that we were able to find someone and we gave him a Book of Mormon and a baptismal date and we will baptize him! His name is Julius Cesar. Think about that for a moment - I will baptize Julius Cesar. And we have another person with the name Bruno with a baptismal date who will probably be baptized the same day. ´E tu, Bruno?´ =D
We have been working with Bruno for a little over a month now (he is really busy and therefore it is difficult to find times to teach him) and this last week he finally gave the closing prayer. Yesterday he said the prayer again, and it was so beautiful. There is nothing to compare to the feeling.... he never wanted to pray before, but in his prayer last night he was thanking the Lord for the strength he received to go to church and asking for more strength to continue reading the Book of Mormon and to receive an answer. He has read through 1 Nephi 12, and he absolutely loved Lehi´s dream. Its so great to see people excited to learn about the gospel and share what they have learned.
And so we will continue to work in this (sort of) dedicated street and find the people the Lord has prepared for us there. This is the work of the Lord, and therefore it will not fall. So if you could remember Rua São Paulo in your prayers I would greatly appreciate that, as will all the people that we will baptize.
Love you all! Glad you are all safe and sound!
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|Sister Freitas and I getting the phoncall of transfers|
|Our Zone Leaders had a little package of peanut butter in their fridge that I happened to spy... and since they are both from Brazil it wasn't as if they were missing peanut butter. So they were nice enough to give it to me.|
|this is a typical day (actually, a rather slow day) in the mission|