From Chapecó (where I am right now) to Florianopolis. (Where
I need to go to the mission meetings) is 11 hours on a bus. On tuesday i went
to Florianopolis. On Thursday i came back. haha and both the buses were at
night which means that i didn~t sleep this week because monday was the transfer
and I was getting elders at the bus station all night. But it was a great
meeting with Presidente Fernandes and this area is really special.
We have marked 3 baptisms this week. That is crazy. How many
baptisms did I mark in 8 months in Sao Fransisco? .... 2. haha it is really
strange to have people accepting us and accepting baptism. I actually don~t
really know what to do. hahaha
My new companion is a really good Elder. He is a little hard
in his leadership style but he is a great leader and wants to help the
missionaries. He teaches well and is obedient. I think he is the best zone
leader that I have seen all in all. I was a little offended by that at first
because I am a prideful jerk who wanted to be better than him.I was a little
rebelious in the beginning but then Heavenly Father gave me a little
inspiration. He told me that This might be the last time on my mission that I
have a chance to sit back and learn from someone. It has been 9 months since I
have had a companion with more time than me on the mission and might be the
last. So I should enjoy the time and the chance to learn. After I learned that
I started having better feelings for him.
Yesterday we had an incredible experience here. The branch
President asked us to do a presentation called Project: Chapecó Temple. That is
a little strange because here only has a district and hasn~t even turned stake
but he asked us to do this. Then He moved back to Sao Paulo. My companion who
was planning it all with me was transfered and one of the sisters who had a
significant part was also transfered. All one week before the fireside. Leaving
ME with all the responsibilty of something that I had recieved second hand. haha
I prayed and fasted for help and we worked a lot to practice and perform
We borrowed computers from members and a projector from
another area (4 hours away another story and another miracle) and we got ready.
We prayed and it turned out great.
My companion was fantastic in envolving the crowd and the
members got into the practices we did with them and the fireside had an
incredible spirit that you could see in the eyes of the members as they left. I
am so excited to see what happens here. I know that one day there will be a
temple here. We just need to work more.
It was such a strong testimony of the power of grace. We did
all we could and Heavenly Father made up the rest. We couldn~t have done that
fireside as well as we did alone. It just ins~t possible. we don~t have the
skills or the resources but the members helped and Heavenly Father sent a
special spirit to the meeting that was incredible.
I love being a missionary. It is something so special.
Just a little comment here. Our district is great. We have 4
great elders and 2 great sisters that are all hard workers and very spiritual.
It is so fun to be part of a district like that. They are funny and we can
laugh and learn and have a great time together. They were fantastic in the
presentation and afterward we had a little party with cinnamon rolls (made by
me) and there was just a special feeling when 6 righteous people are together
to do something good.
Well thank you all for everything that you do. For your
prayers and for your thoughts.