WOAH.. That´s so awesome that your mission baptized 100!!! Especially because it was because everyone was doing it the way of the Lord, not just to baptize. That´s so inspiring... and I feel a little lame now... haha
I tried to send pictures and I hope you can open them and that they don´t infect the computers you´re using.. The first is Iasmmy from Santa Rita then Leandro and then me and Vitória. Felipe got baptized yesterday and I´m sending his picture in this email.. he is so awesome. He likes to read the Book of Mormon just opening to random pages and he marks everything he likes.. even when it doesn´t make sense like circling the Zoramite prayer in Alma 31... he knows that´s not how you pray haha.. He´s 28 but gets along more with the youth. One big miracle in this branch is how suddenly we have young men. They´re all investigators, recent converts and less actives that are returning, but there were basically 0 and now there´s a classroom full. Felipe can be the new YM pres :) He came to the activity on Tuesday and participated more than anyone! We played the newspaper game, charades and mafia and everyone loved it. Best by far.
The other visitor at the activity that was a huge miracle was Jean, who´s visiting from São Paulo to get some things his recently deceased father left him. His little cousin, Bianca, 10, has been coming to church every week and brought him with her. We talked to him afterwards and he had gone to the Mormon church for 3 years as a teenager but was never baptized. 10 years later he has a family and has changed a lot and basically asked to be baptized. We wanted to just baptize him here, but he´s not quite ready yet so we´re sending him to the missionaries where he lives to teach his whole family. Sister Marschall will keep in contact with him when she goes home and he knows where the church is. Some lucky missionaries have been fasting A LOT... :) I can´t wait to see what happens. He leaves Tuesday.
It´s hard to not be trunky in a house where everyone is ending their mission.. but I´m trying to take advantage of the time I still have and the things I´ve learned in these 16 months. Miracles are going to happen still!! It´s Christmas time! Right now our possible baptism is Ronaldo, an old man who we did not expect to come to church.. haha he likes to burst into song when we teach.. pray for him. Every child of God needs to be baptized! Vitórias doing great, she wants to be baptized so bad.
Doing everything the Lord´s way is worth it. He knows where the families are in this area who want to be baptized. I´m so grateful for His love in my life and for being able to do a little to help His children feel that love.
I love you all so much and I hope December brings even bigger miracles! Remember that gratitude breaks the pride cycle. Keep working!