Thats right, Im in a new area!! After 4 months of serving in Vila Medeiros, the Lord has finally called me to leave the city of São Paulo, and start working in Sorocaba! My area is called Júlio de Mesquita #2, a part of the Trujillo stake. It's basically a small town, right next to the big city (though not as big as São Paulo) of Sorocaba. There are a whole lot less hills here than in VM, and things appear good here. However, as you all may have noticed, this is JDM2, because this area was recently split in half, to fit two sets of missionaires, but in an area that one set could easily handle. The area itself is actually quite disorganized, and it appears as though theres not a whole lot of progress that they have here. My companion is Elder Sepúlveda, a Chileno that opened the second area. Hes a goofy elder, and although Ill have to help him learn to be a bit more organized, well have plenty of success here. We also live with Elder Carr, an american with one month more than me on the mission, and Elder Baldera, a new Peruvian missionary that Elder Carr is training. Overall, things have a whole lot of potential here.
On to our (new) top investigators!!
Edinaldo- This was actually kind of a steal for me. Last transfer, ES said that they barely had any success, except for with him. I came in just in time to teach him the last bits of stuff, and be there for his baptism! He was overly excited to be baptized, and I got to participate in his confirmation. Ill send a picture after this email.
Thelma- One of the only other 2 investigators that ES had. She has had a fear to pray to God for an answer, but we finally told her that she can have this courage, and pray for this courage. She accepted a date for the 15th, conditional on her receiving an answer, for baptism! However, looking at some parts of her situation (specifically with the Law of Chastity), we still have a lot of work to do with Thelma.
Joelson- The other investigator that already existed. Hes married to a half active member of the church, and already knows almost everything. However, he has a giant fear of praying and asking God if this is true, for fear that he wont get an answer and itll ruin his marriage. We taught him the commandments and he said that hes willing to live them...when he gets an answer. But he also shared the gospel with a neighbor, so I think he just doesnt know that he knows that its true.
David- We found him while knocking doors. With about 25 years, He already talked to the missionaries about a year back, and believes in the message, but he had doubts about getting baptized. The other missionaries dropped him eventually. But he took our finding him as a sign that its time to get baptized, so he accepted a date for the 15th! So now we just need to get him to church.
Cèlia- Another ancient investigator that we just happened to find. She really wants to believe that its true, but when she prayed to God, she just asked for knowledge, avoiding the question. We explained the importance of praying for specific things, and that God can answer these prayers. She was very excited, and she accepted the challenge to pray again!
The house here is an absolute mess. I dont know whats been going on, or where this new sense of needing to clean things up came from, but Ive started to go on a Super Nanny streak of shaming this mess. There were pamphlets everywhere, important papers in a shameless pile, dishes filling the sink, everything. Ive finally broken, and become THAT guy that needs cleanliness. Its necessary.
As you can probably notice, this weeks investigators had a common theme: needing to pray to God. Just to explain to all of you, you have the ability to pray to God for specific things in your life. You can ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, for answers to specific things, and through the Holy Ghost He can answer your prayers. We teach people that they can pray specifically for the thigns that we teach them (if Joseph Smith saw God, if the Book of Mormon is true, etc.). So remember that.
And theres a supermart-type place here! Im actually in a lan house thats in the walmart-type structure here! Although theres not an option to switch to an English keyboard, so thats pretty obnoxious.
Alright, on to individual emails! Love you all!