This is the best area in the world. Other than the house, which we call Castelo de Greyskull, the Elders did some great work here. On Saturday Sister Alves and Sister Sales baptized 4 people, a family and another mission-age man. We brought ten people to church yesterday, 6 investigators and 4 less-actives, and we have about eight people who potentially can be baptized this week. I don´t even know where to start..
The first day here, a 14-year-old boy, Jefferson, who was baptized just a few weeks ago was waiting on our street because he wanted to meet us and show us around. That day we ended up just following him and then meeting another member and they just led us to all these people and we never even had to look at our plans or think about the time. There are a lot of Young Women in this ward who I already love so much who are preparing to serve missions and are helping us so much.
Mili, one of the Young Women, has a mom, Cristina who has already been to church many times but just won´t commit to be baptized and live the word of wisdom. When we met her she liked us right away and I just told her straight up that we were going to baptize her and she just laughed and said she´s a sinner but set an appointment. We taught her and Mili and it was very led by the Spirit. Mili doesn´t want to get her hopes up again but she bore her testimony and expressed how her mom´s baptism is the thing she wants to see more than anything. Cristina accepted baptism for the 17th, but didn´t go to church yesterday because she was sleeping. We are just praying for a miracle that the spirit can really touch her heart and convert her. Sometimes you just need Sisters ;)
We met Vanessa, a 16-year-old, while contacting her less-active friend. She is just super elect, read the pamphlet we gave her, went to church, loved it and wants to be baptized. We even saw her later on Sunday during a contact and she told the guy we were contacting to go to church because it´s awesome. (We marked that guy´s baptism and he´s bringing his nephew to church too next Sunday :)
Carlos, same thing. Super prepared and willing to keep the commandments, but doesn´t read and understands a little more slowly. He was very happy at church and went with Luiz, a less active recent convert. We might have to baptize Luiz again because the Elders didn´t leave records. Think the Other Side of Heaven when they tell him none of his work counts.
Other than that we have two other teenagers who have been going to church, Joyce and Joelington, whose parents won´t sign their papers. But we already talked with Joelington´s mom who is hard hearted but became much more open after we talked to her, and especially after her son said the last prayer.
A lot of other miracles happened, but those were just a few highlights. I have so much faith that this is going to be a transfer of reaping what other missionaries have planted instead of just planting planting planting. The ward is really good, the bishop has really good goals for the ward´s growth and wants us to baptize every day. I am loving it so much here. It´s the hilliest area I´ve ever had, but it´s very beautiful here. There are a lot of 300+ year-old restored buildings and we have views of just GREEN. Santa Rita is just a little more inland than João Pessoa. We walk everywhere and take the bus to meetings and things outside the area.
Sister Cavalcanti is an amazing companion. She´s from São Paulo Capital. She was baptized at 15 and was raised just with her grandma, who is over 80 years old and writes her letters, not emails. She was the only member in her family until right before her mission when her grandma, who at first didn´t even want to let her get baptized, was baptized. It was really hard for her to leave her grandma alone, and sometimes she doesn´t receive any emails. Her email address is email@example.com if you want to write her. I think it´d be cool. She is such an example to me and is an amazing missionary. I lived with her in Prossind when she was new and now she´s super confident and the Sister Training Leader of our zone. I love her!
It´s so great to hear such great things from you guys! I love the ´´Jesus, Others, Yourself´´. Being a missionary is the best isn´t it? Heavenly Father loves us so much and He hears our prayers and always answers. If you want answers to your prayers, read Alma 34. We have to do EVERYTHING we can after praying, because God won´t do things for us that we can do for ourselves.
I love you all so much!