I'm starting to really love São Sebastião. Adjusting to a new situation after two transfers of the same ol' grind is teaching me a lot! Luckily, the area is wonderful, the members are feeding us, and we are ready to make a difference in people's lives!
Not much to say this week. We pretty much just knocked on doors and talked to people in the streets all week. Since we didn't have anyone come to church, I would say that it wasn't the most productive of weeks. But, honestly that would be lie. Out of all the weeks here in the mission, this week probably the most spiritually productive for me and for my faith. God had a couple of specific lessons that he wanted me to learn, and I feel better than ever about the work.
Every new week that passes in my mission becomes the greatest, the most important, the most sacred, than any other that has preceded it. The windows of heaven are open. Miracles haven't stopped. God's love is universal, unstoppable, and unbreakable. God has saved his elect to conquer the enemy in these, the last days. The promises of the scriptures will all be fulfilled. The work is hastening and we can't be left behind!
One the thing that is become very clear to me as a missionary: The strongest conversions, the most meaningful baptisms, and the longest lasting life changes come from regular people reaching out to others, taking them under their wing, and helping them understand the atonement of Jesus Christ. I used to eagerly await the missionary calling, thinking that when I received it, I would receive a power to bless people's lives that only a missionary has. Boy was I wrong. The members have so much more power than the missionaries.
This Christmas, let's put material things aside. What should we really be giving people this Christmas? 1 Corinthians 12:31
Take a look at the new clip “A Savior is Born” at Christmas.mormon.org !
This past week was really intense. A lot of crazy things happened! This week's focus was follow-up with and support our progressing investigators. One of which, completely gave up cigarettes and coffee so that she could be baptized!
As we were leaving from her baptismal interview the day before her baptism, one of her sons who lives in the area, entered her house and told us, "our gospel isn't allowed in this house" and began to tell a bunch of lies about the Book of Mormon and the church. Her other neighbor, who moved in that day, also came over (as if they had schemed the whole thing together) and added to the clamor, talking about how missionaries persuade and force people to believe things that aren't true. Forcing us to leave the house, they succeeded at planting enough doubts in our investigator's mind that now she avoids us and going to church.
Our other two baptism fell through also, because they had to leave the city the day before to attend to a sick relative. It's cool though, because they're still going to be baptized, I'm just not going to get to be there... because... I was transferred!
Yup! Last night at nine o'clock, I got a call telling me to pack my bags and be at the chapel in South Brasilia at 9 am. There, I got reassigned to serve in São Sebastião! My new companion is Elder Trivino from Ecuador. It's going to his last transfer in the mission! The plan is to make it his best! The area is really cool! I'm no longer in the state of Goias. I am in the Federal District (equivalent of Washington D.C.). It's in the Brasilia Zone which means that every Tuesday, we will take the bus across that famous, iconic bridge thing to attend zone and district meetings! The church here is the upstairs of a department store and the baptismal font is a kiddie pool. Time to fill that crowded space up with investigators!