Like I said, Bracatinga. It´s a part of our area here. Love saying that word. Say it - you´ll get happy!
Here´s the Portuguese study of the day:
Estou sendo muito abençoado pelo Senhor em recebendo áreas excellentes e companheiros bons. Elder Barbosa é um dos missionários que posso dizer que realmente quis ser companheiro dele, e agora só falamos de batismo. Esta ala está muito pronto a explodir com ainda mais batismos! Temos uma meta de 8 pessoas e estamos marcando mais datas com mais pessoas boas. Depos de minha última área, esta é uma benção muita grande, porque lá senti que o meu trabalho foi só a reanimar a ala, que fizemos, mas a não ver "sucesso". Aqui, tenho o opportunidade de ceifar e ver os resultados, que sempre ajuda o seu atitude e ânimo.
Estou agradecendo ao Senhor pelo privilégio de servir como Lider de Distrito aqui. Minhas orações têm melhorado muito e sinto que estou ficando mais sensível aos sentimentos do Espírito. Fiz minha primeira entrevista semana passada e foi uma experiência inesquecível. Também conduzi minha primeira reunião de Distrito e deu muito certo - todo mundo marcarão mais datas e batizarão mais!
I am being very blessed by the Lord in areas receiving excellent and good companions. Elder Barbosa is one of the missionaries who I really wanted to be his companion, and now only speak of baptism. This ward is very ready to explode with even more baptisms! We have a goal of 8 people and we are scoring more dates with more good people. Depos my last area, this is a very great blessing, because there I felt my job was only to revive the ward, we did, but not to see "success". Here, I have the opportunity of reaping and see the results, which always helps your attitude and courage.
I am thanking the Lord for the privilege of serving as district leader here. My prayers have improved a lot and feel I'm getting more sensitive to the feelings of the Spirit. I did my first interview last week and was an unforgettable experience. Also conducted my first meeting of District and worked very well - everyone will score more dates and baptize more!
As the part above explains, it has been an amazing week. I have come to a conclusion that Heavenly Father always knows what will be best for us, and if/when we do our part, He´ll do His. Always.
My last area was a little tough. Good people, great place, but the ward was a little unexcited as far as missionary work. Our job was to re-excite them, and we did a better job with that. But now, all the people that I was working with will be baptized by someone else. BUT, that is a good thing. The kingdom is growing anyway.
This ward is ridiculously excited already! This year, they´ve already had 21 baptisms. My goal is to double that by the end of my time here. Woo! Elder Barbosa is the face (o cara - the man) and we are going to baptize everything here. We´ll also start up a Gincana here to get things going more organized and let the references flow into the baptismal font. We had a baptism last week - Robson, a 11 year old boy who is the man. It was a really fast service and the water was FREEZING cold. Good thing a member baptized :) .
I´m trying to send pictures but this LAN House is my enemy. Dang it. I´ll probably send a letter home soon with pictures and ya´ll will enjoy them.
I know that Christ lives. I know that missionaries are blessed and bless others for every bit of effort that they put into the Lord´s work. NO effort is wasted and no amount of devotion is too much. He will come again.
Elder Brown, Pilarzinho (a parte no Norte da Cidade)(with a LOT of crazy hills. My calves are burning)
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