So this week was good. After much work and fasting, we finally had a baptism. We recieved a referel a few weeks ago and she was baptized on Saturday. Her name is Micaela. It was really cool to see her be baptized. She read the book of mormon and truly recieved an answer, she will be a very strong member. We planned so much to make it a very special baptism. We literally invited everyone in the ward. It was the best baptism meeting I have every done. The entire bishopric was there and lots of members. We even had people standing in the hallway because there wasnt enough seats!! There was cake and everything and her entire family came to watch as well. Her brother has a baptism date marked for this Saturday. We are very excited for them.
We received a very good referal this week. A member less active. When she was active, she was a machine, helping everyone and really fufilling her calling. She even wanted to serve a mission, but she fell away a little bit and ended up having a baby and felt ashamed to go to church. She has been inactive a while. Her cousin (not a member) had a dream that was very similar to Lehi´s dream. Then the inactive member started having dreams about the missionaries. That same week, she ran into the 1st conselor of the Bishop and he passed her address to us. She said that she separated with her boyfriend and she knows the Lord is telling her she has to go back to church. So we marked a family night at a members house and she will go to church thiss week. It was a super spiritual experience.
We had an exchange this week and I went and stayed with Elder Smith. It was a great exchange. He is a very spiritual missionary and I learned a lot.
We were able to bring a few people to church yesterday. Miceala´s family went and Valeska (the women who recieved an answer about the Book of Mormon and want to be baptized). We are also teaching a lady named Angela. We have been teaching her for a while and she likes the church. She is 50 years old more or less and is legally married!! She lives with her 2 daughters, 2 grandkids and her husband. We were able to bring her and 1 of her daughters and her grandaughter to church. They are a really good family and she makes a full sized meal everytime we visit!! We are going to work a lot with them this week and try to mark a baptism date.
A new bishop was called in our ward. He was a counselor to our mission presidente but now he is bishop here in Marambaia. He is SUPER good. He loves missionary work and we play basketball with him sometimes on p day. He already told us, "Elders, I have 1 hour every Tuesday to visit people with yall and meet your teaching group, EVERY TUESDAY!". So thats pretty awesome. We are going to catch fire now.
I learned a lot about prayer this week. I realized that I need to be more sincere with my prayers. A prayer is a conversation with God, the most sacred moments of our day. Sincere prayer is difficult. I asked myself, "when was the last time I stayed on my knees for 30 minutes talking to God?" Or even 1 hour. Enos prayed all day long and recieved many blessings. We all need help from the Lord and we have the opportunity to talk to Him everyday. As missionaries, we have lots of thing to pray for. As I started taking my prayers more seriously, I saw a big difference. I have seen many people lives change during my mission because of prayer. I know that through prayer, we will feel closer to God and see a difference in our lives.
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