I´m training the first American Sister to arrive in this mission since MY group arrived!! Her name is Sister Bunch, she´s from Parker Colorado and served for 6 weeks in Oregon, so she´s still very new. It´s really different not having someone who already knows how to speak Portuguese, but she´s awesome and has a lot of desire to learn fast. I already love her like my own daughter. She´s very deer in the headlights still, who wouldn´t be, but I know she´s gonna help me a lot. I knew right away I would train her when I saw her :)
So it was a perfect day, I was so excited for this transfer, then a bomb got dropped on us: Rio Tinto II closed, Sister Cameron´s leaving and I have to take care of both areas and the whole branch ALONE. I have never had to do so many things I don´t feel prepared to do at the same time. Our areas are very far away from each other and I still don´t know how I´m gonna do it and teach with someone who can´t speak the language yet.. Just pray for me a lot.
Ronaldo was baptized!! He is totally crazy but he has the ten commandments memorized,keeps all his commitments, comes to church by himself and is always early. Sunday was such a miracle. 11 investigators were at church! A lot of them have to get married, aren´t old enough to be baptized the next week or don´t want to get baptized, but we have one solid investigator who wants to be baptized Sunday, Laércio! He was a referral from Fabio, a less active who was also a miracle. The sisters that were here before just found him by chance one day and he was baptized a long time ago in Natal. Now he´s returning and helping us teach and everything. We´re also teaching his niece Grazi. Pray for Laércio to be able to completely stop smoking, he´s already cut down A LOT. He´s so elect!
Raul went to church with his friend Lucas, and just doesn´t want to get baptized still. His day will come.. like so many others. We have a really great family as well who came to church, Juliana and her sons Ikaro and Isaac. Her husband studies theology and is a tough nut to crack, but Juliana loved church on Sunday so he at least needs to marry her legally for her sake and for their kids. Isaac already asked his mom to buy church clothes for him and wants to keep going every Sunday. So cute! :)
This transfer will for sure be a challenge, but I just need to rely more than I ever have in my life on the Lord and my leaders and the members. Also my companion, she read to me last night the scripture in D&C that says ´´look to me in every thought, doubt not, fear not´´ that Sciammarella always read to people. She´s so full of that new missionary spirit and I know it´ll help me a lot. My priority is just to help her do all the things I wish I had done better and for her to have the best mission ever.
I love you all so much and am excited to see you again, but very sad that this is the last transfer. Have an awesome week!
Um abraço bem forte,