First of all, MÃE! FELIZ ANNIVERSÁRIO!!! MUITO OBRIGADO POR TUDO QUE VOCÊ TEM FEITO PRA MIM EM MINHA VIDA. SINCERAMENTE, NÃO ESTARIA AQUI SE NÃO FOSSE POR CAUSA DO GRANDE AMOR QUE VOCÊ MOSTROU PRA MIM. SOU MUITO GRATO POR SEU AMOR, FORÇA, POR TUDO REALMENTE. AMO VOCÊ E ESPERO QUE VOCÊ TENHA UM ÓTIMO DIA NO DIA 19. DEVE SER MARAVILHOSO!!!!!!
Translation: Mom, Happy Birthday! Thank you for all you have done for me. Sincerely, I would not be here if not for the great love you have shown me. I am very grateful for your love, strength and everything. Love you and hope you have a great day on the 19th. Hope it's MARVELOUS!!!!!!
So this week was NUTS, to say the least. The whole mission went to Goiânia for a conference with Elder Cruz from the Seventy. It was really cool! He talked a lot about obedience and how we need to always obey the counsel from President Kuceki. He talked about how that he is inspired by God and that we HAVE to listen to him, and as missionaries, that really is a part of our purpose. Foi muito bom! Gostei demais. We talked for a while with missionaries as well. I got to see Elder Moffit, Elder Thomas, Elder Lee, Elder Wallace, and Marques, and all the other Elders that I´ve become friends with. Then after was the transfer meeting..... Elder Thomas is in Goiania, Elder Wallace got sent to Rio Verde and got made zone leader, Elder Lee is in Uberlandia and is district leader, and Elder Moffitt is in a city called Itumbiara and is district leader as well. Elder Neeley got transferred to a city called Uberaba.
I got transferred...to Uberlândia! Again! haha I´m now in the Uberlândia ward, which is in the center of the city. Also, I was made district leader!!! So crazy and so unexpected haha. A little bit stressful so far haha but I know I´ll get used to it. I have to follow up with 4 other companionships at least 3 times a day and talk with the Zone Leaders every day as well. Also, I have to plan the district meetings every Tuesday now, and help with any problems that there are in the district haha. Also, I have to do the baptismal interviews of the investigators of my district and of the zone leaders as well. I had my first interview the other day haha with a nine year old girl. Easiest interview ever haha.
The attendance every week in the ward is about 80, 90 people, so a decent amount. The members, from what I´ve seen so far, are really good! They seem like they´re always wanting to help and are always so happy. Seems like they have liked the elders that have passed by here so I hope to keep that going. Hopefully I´ll be able to do that.
My companion´s name is Elder Dallin Webb. My fourth American companion here in Brazil!!! Haha that seriously never happens. There are more Brazilian missionaries than American in this mission so it´s really different that they´ve had me be with four different Americans. He´s been on his mission since about September, and he´s great. I really do like him. He´s from Denver Colorado and he´s actually speaking Portuguese really well. He´s sweet! He´s really tall as well (6 " 3' !!!). He knows the area really well (the area is ginormous) and is really helping me out getting to know the area. What´s different about this area than my other areas is that the church isn´t in our area, and it´s in the center of the city. So we have to get rides for our investigators or they have to take the bus. In my other areas, the church was five minutes aways from our house haha. But it´s not that bad.
We had a decent amount of people at church this week. We had 6 people! It was sweet. Also, a member brought her boyfriend (they aren´t living together hahaha) and he really liked church. We´ll pass by him on wednesday to start giving him the lessons. the elders had an investigator that really liked the missionaries up until about a few days ago. we were talking about the plan of salvation, and she asked "wait, are you saying that only the members of your church can enter into the kingdom of God? What about my family?" and we were just straight up and said "yes". But that they will hopefully have the chance to her the gospel and accept it in this life or they will hear it in the next. She struggled with that but we'll work it out. She had been going to church, but after that,she´s been kind of avoiding us and she´s kind of been rude. But her daughter told us that she still wants to hear our messages. It´ll work out.
Love you guys! thank you for all the support and hope you have a great birthday mom!!!! Love you all so much and pray for me with all these new changes!