HELLO FAMILY, WE HAD A GREAT WEEK ALTHOUGH I HAVE BAD NEWS TOO. ELDER RÉDUA HAD TO GO HOME LAST WEEK, TO RESOLVE SOME PROBLEMS BACK HOME. WE REALLY LIKED EACH OTHER AND IT WAS A VERY SAD DAY WHEN HE FOUND OUT HE NEEDED TO LEAVE AND I HAD TO LEAVE HIM ALONE IN THE HOUSE TO GO WORK IN A TRIO WITH ELDER JOHNSON, FROM KAYSVILLE, AND ELDER BRADLEY, FROM LOGAN. THEY WERE THE OTHER DUPLA THAT SHARED THE CAMARAGIBE WARD WITH US, AND NOW WE WORK TOGETHER WHICH IS AWESOME BECAUSE NOW WE DON'T HAVE TO SPEND MUCH TIME FINDING NEW PEOPLE, WE ALREADY HAVE SO MANY INVESTIGATORS OUR DAILY SCHEDULES FOR THIS WEEK ALREADY HAVE LOTS OF APPOINTMENTS. PRESIDENT EMERICK GOES HOME TOMORROW AND WE GET OUR NEW ONE, I DON'T REMEMBER HIS NAME. [I happened to do a little online research, so here is Jon's new mission president (courtesy of Church News)]
Rubens C. Lanius, 62, and Tia P. Lanius, three children, Brazil Recife Mission; Barigui Ward, Curitiba Brazil Igua Stake. Brother Lanius serves as a high priest group leader and as a sealer in the Curitiba Brazil Temple. He is a former counselor in the San Paulo Brazil Temple presidency, counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop and counselor in a bishopric. Former law adviser, Senate of Brazil. Born in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, to Luiz Ruben and Maria Silva Lanius.
Sister Lanius serves as a temple ordinance worker in the Curitiba Brazil Temple and is a former assistant temple matron in the San Paulo Brazil Temple, stake Relief Society president, counselor in stake Relief Society and Primary presidencies, ward Relief Society president and counselor and Young Women president. Born in San Paulo, Brazil, to Raul Taques and Irene de Campos Pimentel.
BUT I'M HOPING TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN THIS TRIO FOR THE REST OF THE TRANSFER. WE ARE ALSO TEACHING A TON OF LESSONS BECAUSE WE ARE ABLE TO DO DIVISIONS ALL THE TIME (WE ONLY NEED ONE MEMBER TO BE ABLE TO DIVIDE).
SO THIS LAST WEEKEND WAS GREAT. WE HAD ANOTHER BAPTISM!
MARIA, AN 89 YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN TAUGHT BY SEVERAL DUPLAS OF MISSIONARIES, FINALLY DECIDED TO GET BAPTIZED! HER GRANDSON IS THE BISHOP OF THE OTHER CAMARAGIBE WARD, BUT SHE LIVES IN OURS. SO DURING THE WEEK WE REVIEWED ALL THE IMPORTANT STUFF (THE BISHOP MARKED HER BAPTISM WITH JOHNSON AND BRADLEY BEFORE I WAS PUT IN THE C-SHIP). THEN WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE HER BAPTISM ON SATURDAY MORNING, WHICH WAS ESPECIALLY SPIRITUAL FOR HER GRANDSON, WHO BAPTIZED HER, AND COULDN'T STOP CRYING.
THEN SUNDAY IN SACRAMENT SHE WAS CONFIRMED, ALONG WITH JOERMESON, WHO IS DOING JUST FINE, AND THE 3 SIBLINGS (DAYANNA, DAVID, AND ISRAEL) THAT WERE BAPTIZED THE SUNDAY BEFORE LAST (BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO GO TO CHURCH LAST WEEK). ME AND ELDER JOHNSON DID ALL THE CONFIRMATION PRAYERS.
BESIDES THESE 5 PEOPLE WHO GOT CONFIRMED, 11 MORE INVESTIGATORS WERE AT CHURCH! I DON'T EVEN HAVE TIME TO TELL YOU ABOUT EACH ONE... BUT NIDA, WHO I'VE TOLD YOU ABOUT IS VERY EXCITED TO BE BAPTIZED THIS SATURDAY. YESTERDAY WE REVIEWED THE BAPTISMAL INTERVIEW WITH HER AND SHE IS REALLY A DIFFERENT AND A BETTER PERSON THAT SHE WAS WHEN WE STARTED TEACHING HER. JOHNSON HAD ONLY MET HER AND SEEN HER A FEW TIMES, BUT HE GOT TO KNOW HER YESTERDAY IN THE LESSON AND COMMENTED HOW SHE IS WAY DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER TIME HE TAUGHT HER. PRAY FOR HER, AND THAT NOTHING BAD HAPPENS TO IMPEDE HER BAPTISM. SHE HAS SOME ACQUAINTANCES THAT DON'T WANT HER TO GET BAPTIZED.. SO YEP.
THERE WAS ALSO A COUPLE THAT WE STARTED TEACHING THIS WEEK, WITH THEIR BABY-- MARIANO, JULIANA, AND VITOR THE BABY. THEY ARE A REFERENCE FROM LINDALVA, THE LESS ACTIVE LADY WHO WE IS RETURNING NOW BECAUSE WE FOUND HER ON THE BUS. SHE WAS ALSO AT CHURCH WITH HER LESS ACTIVE HUSBAND AND 2 KIDS. AND SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE WHO WE ARE EITHER TEACHING OR WILL START TEACHING THIS WEEK WERE THERE.
I DON'T GET [MOSQUITO BITES] HERE ANYMORE. I THINK IT IS CUZ MY BLOOD IS NOW MADE OF RICE AND BEANS LIKE EVERY OTHER BRAZILIAN, SO THE MOSQUITOES DON'T TARGET ME ANYMORE.
I'LL TELL YOU ABOUT THE HOLIDAY SÃO JOÃO! IT WAS LAST THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. It was a really cool holiday... Everyone makes huge bonfires in front of their houses, like really huge. They do lots of fireworks, and eat corn in every form that corn can be eaten. We were invited to a member's São João party which was really fun, and we went because there would be no point in trying to teach anyone in that hour. We roasted raw corn on the cob on the big bonfire, like Americans, and hot dogs. It wasn't that tasty, and I burned mine, but it was a nice little culture experience, right? Way better than Carnaval, that's for sure.