How are you all doing? I can't tell you how great it was to hear from you and know that you support my decision to stay another transfer. It's the best feeling in the world! This week was super productive. Sister Pereira and I are learning to juggle (figuratively) with all of the recent converts, plus continuing to baptize, plus finding new investigators, etc. It's not easy, that's for sure! We got an e-mail from the general missionary headquarters that we need to work closely to the recent converts for 3-4 months after baptism and stay close for a year. With 6 of our own recent converts plus the other recent converts, we have been thinking a lot about what we can do to keep them progressing while still bringing others to the gospel. But it's been fun!
This is the last week of the transfer, and most likely one of us will be leaving, and it'll probably be me. We're gonna cry all week because neither of us wants to leave Fazendinha, and neither of us wants to leave each other. Seriously, I feel like a lot of our success was dependent on our relationship with each other. We know that the Spirit can't reside in contentious relationships, and the two of us never fought these last 8 weeks. We've become close friends through the experiences that we've had together. I'm trying to write down everything that we did to see success here and bring it to the other areas I'll serve in.
This ward is amazing. The members help so much, and we all just feel a great love for each other. Yesterday at church, I was just filled with this feeling of great love for everyone. Sister Pereira and I were overflowing with happiness to see the progress of our recent converts: Leonardo was called to be a counselor in the Sunday School Presidency, André was called as assistant in the priest´s quorum, and Alessandra was called as a family history consultant. It's amazing to see the fruits of your labor. But in all things, we recognize the hand of the Lord. There's no way we could've seen all these miracles if it hadn't been for much prayer and fasting and putting our trust 100% in our Father, who knows what is best for His children.
My heart is so full of happiness and love. This week will be a great end to the transfer, I'm feeling it. Please keep us in your prayers, and keep Leonardo in your prayers too. I love you all immensely! You're the best family in the world. :)