Monday, September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014

Another week in Tamandaré!

Time is really flying by!  Transfers came!  I'M STAYING!  Which I'm happy about.  I'll be staying for one more transfer here in Tamandaré with Elder Boyd, which is a blessing.  Our district of the 6 Elders who serve in our ward is mostly staying the same, too (one Elder finished his mission TODAY and is flying home.  Trunky!!)

This week was good!  We are still working hard, trying to retain as many recent-converts as we can and doing some re-activation work.  Things have slowed down a bit, so we've re-added some door knocking into our daily routine again. It has been fun!  Our Bishop here is very young (only 30 years old!) but is really stepping it up.  He is personally taking all of our recent converts to the temple to do baptisms and help build their testimonies.  With the vision of the temple, recent converts have so much more to hope for and work towards.  It's impossible not to have a wonderful experience there!

Some random happenings from the week:

- I got to dedicate the house of one of our recent converts.  Here in Brazil, there is a lot of black magic, or "Macumba".  One family moved into a house that was used in the past for macumba, and you could really feel a dark influence there... They told us to come over and fix it, so.. we did!  It was cool dedicating a house, leaving a picture of Christ, and feeling the difference afterwards.  Weird how Satan really does have an influence you can feel.  Eerie, right?

- We went to a "Rodizio" which is equal to a "Tucanos" or Texas de Brasil.  Where they bring you tons of meats and there's a big ol' buffet of deliciousness.... It was SO good!  Someone in the ward gave us money, so we decided to treat ourselves like "high-rollers".

- We had "Super Pday" on Friday - because we reached the baptism goal for the mission, the entire mission got together and we watched "Frozen", played sports, wore normal clothes, and were even allowed to listen to EFY music... which is a pretty big deal because we are not allowed to do ANYTHING (There is now a new rule where even Elders serving in the same ward/area are not allowed to get together, even on Pday... don't know why!)

- I am WIPED OUT. but It's good.... Dealing with other people's agency gets pretty tiring though!

Good things are coming!  I'm excited for a new transfer and a fresh start to improve.

I love you guys!  Have a super week!  Sorry for the lack of pictures.  I'll try to make up for it next week. :)


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