This has been quite a week, but so far I haven´t lost my mind yet and the Lord keeps sending angels of every kind to help me this week. Training is definitely hard, but Sister Bunch is so great and has such a desire to learn fast. She had a little moment of feeling overwhelmed by the culture shock but got over it fast. We´ve been running in between appointments on the two farthest sides of the two areas that are now all ours, I have to remember everything all by myself for the first time without a senior companion or two other sisters in the house, and all the while explain everything to my companion and make sure she´s doing okay. But like I said, a lot of angels were on my side this week, and I´d like to name a few:
Fabio, a less active who gave us Laércio´s reference. He´s been teaching with us and doing an amazing job of it, also following up with Laércio when we couldn´t this week. He even asked what tomorrow´s lesson would be so he could study. Laércio was baptized at the District Conference on Sunday, and was so happy. He has so much faith. He has been a smoker since age eight and just decided to stop because he had the desire to be baptized. At the baptism he was all smiles and he said he almost cried from happiness. He´s so awesome and humble.
Felipe, my recent convert. Thursday, it wasn´t even in our plans but I felt like we should visit him. He answered the door with the saddest face I´d ever seen and had started growing a beard and just looked depressed. He told us he had been feeling bad about his life and he had no desire to even leave his house or pray or read the scriptures. I got so worried about him, he said he hadn´t felt that way in two years and the feeling lasted 6 months. In that moment I told him he had ten minutes to get ready to go teaching with us and Larissa. So he got up, came back all dressed and shaved and smiling, and we went to visit other recent converts. He helped so much in teaching and bore testimony of the Book of Mormon. He said he didn´t even know if he would be alive right now if we hadn´t shown up in his hour of need. I just wanted to cry it was so spiritual seeing him teach for the first time and gain a desire to help everyone. He´s such a great guy.
Nino, a recent covert from my new area. He and his best friend David who was baptized with him call each other Elder and help a lot in that area. They used to be punks, and still kind of look like it but a I gave Nino the pamphlets of tithing and the law of chastity. They are changing a lot. They´ve been the only way I´ve been able to keep up with the two areas. I could not find Ariano, who was supposed to be baptized Domingo. He ended up not going to church, but they´ve been taking care of everyone when I can´t.
Anderson, our ward mission leader who is super young and has been really going the extra mile to help me. He´s the only one in his family who works which makes it hard for him to go on a mission, but he still finds time to help us. Because of him the investigators and recent converts from the vila went to church Sunday.
Larissa, who´s come a really long way in her testimony from teaching with us a lot in the last transfer. She´s 13 and has a tough family situation and stays with us because it´s better than her house or any other thing she could be getting into. Sunday morning my companion woke up super sick so Larissa passed in everyone´s house who we couldn´t.
There are a lot more, like our Zone Leaders, the Branch President and his wife and the Sister Training Leaders but everyone´s been helping a ton and it´s been amazing. Pray for Ariano, Danilo and Douglas, our possible baptisms who have been to church several times.
I love you all so much! Make the last weeks count! Remember how much God loves you and wants to help and just wants you to be happy. Training has made me understand God´s love so much in just one week and I can´t even imagine the love I´ll have one day for my actual children. Can´t wait to talk to guys and can´t believe how fast time flies. Have an awesome week!