Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014 - Brazil Goiania Mission - Goiania - Week 86

Dear Family,

Hey guys! This week passed by super fast. It seems like the weeks keep passing by faster and faster. I feel like it was yesterday that I was writing you guys haha I can´t believe it´s already been a week.

So Ana Clara was not baptized this week. Her mom (Luciana) wants her mom to see the baptism, and her mom lives in Brasilia, and so she´ll come this weekend to see it. Not a huge deal. But anyway! Flavia and Ana Clara will be baptized on Saturday!!! We´re really excited because the sisters that work in our ward (Sister Cutler from Virginia and Sister Amaral from Minas Gerais Brazil) will also have a baptism. They´ve been working really hard this transfer and have not seen any success so we´re happy for them. 

Good news! So you guys know that Leandro was a reference from a member from São Paulo right? Turns out that the guy who gave the reference used to be a mission president in Brasilia like 20 years ago and I believe is a stake president in São Paulo now. He found out that Leandro got baptized and sent a letter to the secretaries here congratulating us on the baptism. He said something like "Congrats to Elder Santos and Elder Hanson for the excellent work in baptizing Leandro". Haha he also said that he sent the Ensign to them and so they´ll have the Ensign coming to their house for at least a year. Cool huh? I forgot the guy´s name but I took a copy of the letter that he sent and when I come home you guys can see a copy of the letter lol. But it was really cool. 

Also! You guys remember Arlei right from Parque do Sabiá in Uberlândia? He´s preparing to go on a mission! I guess he´s getting all of his papers ready so that he can go next year. I´m super stoked for him and Elder Neeley is really excited about it too. Remember his sister Cristiana? When we were teaching them, only Arlei wanted to be baptized, but Cristiana was baptized last Saturday!!! That´s so awesome. Now Arlei will have support from his family in the church and that will help him stay even stronger. Also Alisson is preparing to go on his mission as well!! He just has to finish High School and he´ll already start his mission papers to be able to go next year! So awesome.

We found this lady named Karina this past week. She´s super interested in the church. She had heard a bunch of crap about the church from her mom, "Mormonism is..." Haha and so for some reason, she wanted to find out more about the Mormons. We gave her a book of Mormon and everything. We haven´t been able to teach her since then, but it looks promising!

Love you guys! I´m just gonna stick through this last week of the transfer with my companion because I´ve realized that it´s just the way he is! It´ll be great!

Elder Hanson

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