This past week was an amazing one!
To start the week off we had a Family Night at Valeria's house. Tuesday we worked hard and found 3 possible baptisms. A little boy (11 years) Diego. Also a couple who haven't married yet but are planning to be married soon so they can be baptised! :)
We also wrapped up the lessons with Emanuela (A young bright women who has been searchign for the truth for a long time). Diego aand Emanuela who have been visiting the church dilligently, accepted baptism.
We worked Wednesday and then found out that one of our Sisters from Aracati (Another City with 4 Sisters) was transfered. :( We recieved a new Sister from Michigan, Sister Johnson. She studied every day for 9 months in the states on her mission in California and has finnaly come to Brazil speaking Portuguese very very well.
WEDNESDAY WAS CORY'S BIRTHDAY (MY LITTLE BRO) CONGRATS BUD! I LOVE YOU! :)
Thursday we sealed the two baptisms (Diego and Emanuela) and taught them how the baptism would be. Also On Thursday i completed 9 months on the mission! :D
Friday was a super busy day we did the interviews for Emanuela and Diego and they both passed!
Saturday we went to Aracati to visit the Sisters. We met our Zone Leaders there and i recieved 3 cards (From Linds, E. Oyston, and the Sewing Grandma<3) I also recieved a package from home of goodies! Peanut Butter!!!!! WOOOH ;D THANKS MOM! <3
Saturday when we finally got back to our city we held the Bapotisms of three people. Nick, Diego, and Emanuela. It was a beautiful day and went wonderfully. :)
Sunday we had Sacrament Meeting and they were all confirmed! :D I LOVE BAPTISMS!
My Companion has 15 days before he leaves to go home. He is super anxious to do some more baptisms before he leave and these last few days he has shown a great lesson of true love. He has shown a piece of how Jesus Christ loved and taught. I am grateful to have Elder Pinheiro as a companion and it is amazing to see the changes of what a mission of 2 years has done to him. He is practically my brother and although we have contention at times we always find the good side and are able to continue working and helping others. It is an incredible experience to be able to forget ourselves and to focus on others. I love this work and say to all, If you have the chance to go on a mission. GO.
I know that God loves us and the he sent His Son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. I know that through his infinite love for us he made a plan so that we may return to his presence. I know that he called Jospeh Smith to be a Prophet, Seer, and Revalator. I know that the same authority that was given to Adam and Prophets of old is still carried by living Prophets and Apostles. Thomas S. Monson is our Living Prophet. Jesus Christ is our Living Saviour. I love this work and know that it is of God.
Thank you for your love and prayers. (And Cards ;)
Elder James Eldon Riches