Monday, January 20, 2014

Week 22: My nose is crying

Ola everybody!!
Firstly, so that everybody reads this. If you plan on sending me a letter from now on, the address of the mission office has officially changed. All cards, packages, well wishes should be sent to the following address:

Elder Michael Bryan Youd
Missão Brasil São Paulo Norte
Avenida Nova Cantareira, 1146  fundos
São Paulo - SP - 02330-001

So send a letter there. To me.

This week has been a great week, albeit a week without baptisms. I suppose that I'm just becoming hungry for baptisms now that I've had a family, so this may be bad. But luckily, we have another baptism planned for this weekend, and possibly 2 or 3! So here are my top investigators:

Douglas: On sunday, we were finally able to talk to Douglas' mom after that last awkward encounter where she told us that she wasn't going to let him be baptised. We had no idea what our plan was, and we were thinking of just teaching all of the lessons again to her. But then, as soon as we started, she commented about baptism, and she approved for him to be baptised this Saturday! Jessica said that she's still wanting to know the church more before she gets baptised, but we can wait for that. And earlier, she had expressed interest in being baptized with Douglas, so there's a chance that she'll get baptized this weekend too. Batismo!

Joao: Listen to the voicemail for more about him, but for all of you planning on missions, know that sometimes your most elect of investigators will turn out to just be limp. Even people who see Jesus in a dream can say that they don't have time for Jesus. He might be baptized this weekend, but I doubt it.

Fransisco- Basically, he told us that he believes that, at the least, this is the church that he wants to stay in, but he wants to be baptized with his wife. He brought her to church on sunday, and she liked it a whole lot, although their grandkid was loud the whole time. And so, we plan on visiting them more frequently throughout the week, possibly baptizing them on the 25th, if possible.

Midia (new!)- We've only talked to her once, but she actually has a lot of potential. Her neighbor just recommended that we see her. Her husband had died 2 days earlier of a blood disease, so we taught her the Plan of Salvation, and she was incredibly receptive to it. She plans on moving to Spain in March though to do a PS I Love You sort of thing, so we've got to get her in the church before then. BUt she has potential.

Limp investigators with baptismal dates (new!)- For some reason, we got 8 people to accept baptismal dates this week, and all of them (Marinalva, Zenaide, Leila, Richard, Aparecida, Ju, Caca, and Sebastiao) are incredibly limp, not wanting stuff the second lessons. So that's new, I suppose.

Other notes:

-I've been sick this week, thus the subject of the email. Sister Martins put me on some pretty intense medications to keep on working, but I still have a holy-runny nose, and a cough that sounds like I'm dying next week. But generally, nobody notices it.

-Marcio and his family are doing super well. He had the Aaronic Priesthood conferred to him on Sunday, and he asked me to do the conferrence. And they're super duper happy as a family now. It's crazy cool.

-In a few weeks, I'll be going to the temple (Feb. 11). So when you guys don't get an email that monday before, don't freak out.

Alright, on to individual emails! Love you all!

Elder Youd

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