I never thought that I would have to say this while I was on a mission...but Mother....I have a child!
His name is Elder da Rosa. I am his father. He is my son. It's a pretty spectacular relationship.
For those of you who are not familiar with Mission Terms, when a missionary trains a new missionary, he is his father. This transfer, I was lucky enough to be one of the 6 Elders chosen to train the new group of missionaries. I was also asked to be the new District Leader over the city of Capanema and Salinas, which includes our area and the area of the Sisters (Sister Moraes and Sister Mendenhall). Salinas will continue being our area.
I was pretty surprised at the news. I was already hoping to train, but when Elder Soares (the new assistant to the President) called and said I would also be the District Leader I actually replied, "Are you crazy???" in Portuguese. For those of you who are wondering, that is "Tu é doido, eh??". So life for me changed pretty dramatically. All of a sudden I'm responsible for 2 areas, Senior Companion, and training a new missionary. All in all, I like the change...I think.
I'll start with my companion, Elder da Rosa. He is really from Rio Grande do Sul, but lived in São Paulo with his Uncle for the past couple years. He has been a member all his life and is very excited to serve a mission. We are very similar in our likes and dislikes and are both excited to work hard and see miracles. He doesn't seem to miss his family too much and is very ready to learn. He doesn't have too many nerves to talk to people and is making a good impression on the members of Capanema and the residents. We lost quite a bit of the week because I had to travel to Belém, but in the 3 following days we made 70 contacts and 30 in 1 day, which is more than I have ever done. And Elder da Rosa made a little under half of them! It's so nice to be able to work when I want to and not when my companion wants to. If we keep up this work we will see a ton of miracles this transfer.
Of course, it was a pleasure to hear from our beloved Prophet and the Apostles. There were many things said that I felt were directed exactly at me. I hope you all were able to watch all of the sessions and learn from the doctrine and the spirit of the conference. It was a bit hard to watch in Portuguese, because the translator has to speak over the speaker, but conference was just as good as ever. On the talk of Elder Aidukaitis, he pre-recorded himself speaking in Portuguese, and it was cool to hear the talk without pause.
We had several people this last week that we were preparing for baptism this , but they fell through and probably we will not baptize anyone . We'll see.
I almost don't know what else to write...life is good. My companion's awesome. We will visit Salinas and hold a Family Home Evening with everybody there. It will be great.
Thank you guys so much for the support. It sounds like things are pretty awesome in Missouri and you guys are having a good time. I thought those ideas for the April Fools Day pranks were hilarious! Only my mom...:D April Fools Day exists here but people generally don't do much for it. Dia da Mentira, or day of the Lie.
Love you guys!