Friday, July 31, 2015

HE'S HOME!!!!!

Waiting and Waiting....

Walking to get some Regina's Pizza!!!!


Going the Distance

It's a strange feeling to be close to the end and feel excitement to see everybody again and sadness to be leaving the mission. The fourth of July didn't feel like the fourth of July without fireworks and a barbaque...
above São Paulo
Luiz, Fatima and Julia
We found a SUPER special family this week that lives next door to our bishop. They accepted easily the invitation to go to church and we planned specially so that they would have a great experience with people already planned and advised to greet them at the door and accompany them during the sunday meetings. We went there again last night and they expressed that they had an amazing experience and that they want to keep going and prepare for baptism in the next month. It pained me to mark baptismal dates of such a special family and know that I won't be here to see it.

Piko de Jaraguá
Zone Leader and a wild one!
We went on a hike as a zone this week to a spot that you can see all of São Paulo from the top. IT'S HUGE!!! It was wild to see in one direction lots of green and in the other direction so many buildings and think that at one time all of that was green as well and that it didn"t use to have all that smog...
We had a good time joking around with the monkeys that came right up close to us, they had no fear.

on a bus
We had a cool experience seeing a family start to return to activity in the church. A few weeks ago we grabbed a list of part-member families to go visit in the ward and met the Moreira Family. We were only able to talk to Brother Moreira and his children during the visits that we went there. He expressed his concerns of why they weren't going to church but we could see that he wanted to be there with his family. After some invitations he didn't confirm that he would go to church but we said that we hoped to see him there. After 2 weeks that we were unable to visit them he appeared at church with his daughter! It was such a great feeling of joy to be able to see him there. I nearly jumped out of my seat to run up to him when I saw him walk in the door. It was a cool experience.
I look forward to seeing you all very soon. I'm not sure if I'll be sending email again before I get back to the states because next Monday we will have some self-sufficiency training.
Have a great week!!
See you soon!
Elder DP

Hurrah for Israel!!!

We had a good week as always. An exchange with our district leader, a day of visits with the ward and a baptism kept things interesting.

We had a cool baptism this week where a good number of members went to support Nandhara and her family. We met Nandhara a few weeks ago when we left a message with her Dad to have him think about who he could indicate for us to teach and he mentioned his teen daughter that lives in another house but had shown interest recently to go to church. It was clear to us that she had already been prepared by the Lord over the years and a few weeks later she was baptized. Lots of youth were there to support her and the Relief Society President even made a cake :)

Mutirão de visitas
We coordinated a big project this week to do a Blitz with the ward to go visit as many of the Recent Converts from the last two years as we could to see what we could do to help them keep progressing in the gospel. We went out with 4 different companionships and managed to visit a good number of people and everybody had cool experiences. I went with a couple in our ward and we went to several homes but the coolest was a couple that was baptized and shortly after the husband became sick and couldn't go to church anymore. With our visit we were able to help them and they committed to start going to church again now that he's feeling better.

Finishing strong here, I'll be seein' y'all in a bit :)
Até mais!
Elder DP