Leaving the Area Stronger

itapecerica-da-serraWell we finished off this transfer strong with our tiny district of four elders having three baptisms yesterday. My companionship had 1 baptism, making the total number of baptisms in the past 6 weeks 5. In total here in Itapecerica da Serra I have had 9 baptisms. Photos will follow when I find a suitable LAN House. We also succeeded in bringing 17 people to church yesterday, 12 of which were investigators.

We baptized the children of families that are working to be married. Hopefully, soon they too will follow.  Yesterday was also the baptism of Silvio. Although not my area his is a great story I will write on a physical letter and send it as time is running quickly here and I want to tell you more things.

I heard last week that Antonio (from Figueira Grande) is active and very excited in his calling (the usher for Sacrament Meeting) and is preparing to get the Melchizedek Priesthood. In the next month William (my first baptism in this area) will receive the Melchizedek Priesthood next month. He is preparing to go on his mission.

I’m happy for the time I spent here in Itapecerica da Serra 1A, but I’m also ready and excited for the next area. Now for the transfer news…I will be sent to Casa Grande where I will serve as the District Leader and finish the training of my new companion, Elder Froés. This District has six companionship as it appears. Well let us go with this challenge.

As I live in São Paulo I encounter a lot of people from the Bahia. It is actually a little difficult to find people that were born and raised in São Paulo; majority are from other states, like Bahia. I find Bahia food so good! I am going to get the recipe for rabada (beef tail stew) and practice making it.

Hope all is well at home. Love you all!

I Got to Wear Jeans (smile)

And Transfer calls came in last night and thankfully I am staying yet another in this area. This area really has been a learning experience and I now think I have the hang of things to do something really great here. My companion, Elder G. Santos is getting transferred, so I have outlasted two companions in the area now. I will receive Elder Delgado from Cabo Verde Africa as my new companion tomorrow, yes another Cabo Verdiano 😉Brazilian National Flag Waving in Blue Sky

This week was the Brazilian Independence day, on 7 September, so we had a mission wide service project. I am currently loading the photos Elder Loveless took during the event to find any with wonderful me to send to you guys, since we were advised not to bring cameras to avoid losing them or being distracted from actually working. I got to wear jeans in public for the first time in forever and the sensation was quite odd.

We did not manage to baptize anyone this week, we are hitting the three standards again though which at least was a good strong end to the transfer that may have otherwise been difficult. I found out how I can overcome my weakness to stop people in the street (which has been a thorn in my side for a while now) I just knock on doors when I need to get some new people to teach. Do people still reject us, yes, lots of times. But when people accept us we generally get more than just one person if the family is home.

Miracles happened this week that helped us hit the Three Standards. We, by the three standards of our mission, need to have 15 investigators and less-active members in the chapel each sunday. This has been really hard. We have been working with a large less active family that recently sent a son on his mission, we were certain that they would come to church this week but they didn’t and we were quite disappointed. Then we started to count all the others that had showed up, members had brought enough people for us to hit the number we needed and now we have a ton more people to visit.

I will see if these photos are loading, and send any along I get a hold of, Love you guys!