I am serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Brazil, Porto Alegre North Mission. I post on this blog every week, so check it out to hear about my life as a missionary!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Week 92

This last P-day we baptized Vitória! She had been so excited for her baptism, we had to keep her from jumping right into the font. We'd begun teaching her family a while back, initially finding her 11 year old brother Bruno that had been baptized a few years ago. We brought him back to church and at the same time began teaching his little sister. She had already been to church with Bruno when he was baptized and loved it but wasn't 8 yet. We also brought back her grandmother who had also been baptized with Bruno.

After the baptism we held a Family Night with some members that live nearby. I taught them how to make pizza dough and put together your own pizza. It was a great opportunity to integrate our recent converts and have fun. Many different pizzas were invented.

 On Wednesday we went to Porto Alegre for the monthly leadership meeting. There as we presented the work that our zone had done in the month of May we came in 1st place for baptisms per area!

Thursday for our integration night we introduced a new game. With a projector we zoomed out slowly on images of common objects or famous people while two teams competed to guess what it was first.

We followed up with Suele this week and she told us how her 5 year old daughter Isabelli had come home from church last Sunday and said to her that she wants to be a part of this church because they sing 'really cool songs.' She was reportedly caught singing primary songs she'd learned for 3 days straight! Suele was supposed to be baptized this week but because of last minute work she wasn't able to make it.

As we taught our investigators this week Lucas was with us quite a bit. He has been challenging himself quite a bit and he began teaching the part about Joseph Smith during our messages. He told us how he dreams that he's teaching almost nightly. I was surprised by how much he pays attention while we teach, he's memorized everything. What surprised us the most is that he used Joseph Smith's actual words when he taught the First Vision. He'd heard it so many times it was natural. We hadn't even trained him in anything. He will be an excellent missionary!

On Saturday the District of Gramado went to the temple. Suana went for the first time, and Lucas went for the second time, this time taking a few names he'd discovered on FamilySearch.

Lunch on Sunday was awesome because the family we had lunch with showed us how to make Xis, which is similar to a hamburger, but bigger.

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