Monday, December 1, 2014

Transfer was yesterday...and I'm staying here in Palmas with Sister Alves! And Sister Costancio and Sister Soares are staying too, I love the four of us. Our district is tiny, just the 4 of us plus 2 more Elders.
This week we visited Rodrigo and Andreia to teach the Plan of Salvation, we asked if they had any questions before we begin...and Rodrigo asked (this is translated from português, mind you) "If one of us wants to be baptized, does the spouse have to be baptized as well?" Was SUCH a surprise to the two of us, we had no idea he wanted to be baptized since he had only been to church once. But he really wants to be baptized!! He wanted to be baptized this Sunday, because his cousin Iyarle leaves for his mission to Brasil, Santa Maria this Wednesday and he was hoping that maybe he would be able to be baptized the Sunday before his cousin left...but we talked about it and set a date for December 14th. Andreia is Catholic and she isn't sure about the church yet, since she worked 3 years to be baptized into the Catholic church...but she knows that the Book of Mormon is true!! I talked with her yesterday, her and Rodrigo read one chapter of the Book of Mormon every day, they're already in 1 Néfi 17. They're both amazing, and Rodrigo is excited for his baptism!!

We visited Francisca and Jorge yesterday, Sister Alves and I believe that they're no longer progressing investigators. They aren't keeping their commitments and haven't been in church for a couple weeks. We're going to fast for just them this Sunday! Jorge is an elect, he loves the gospel so much, he is so intelligent and willing to share his testimony, he's going to help us visit other investigators this week. But Francisca isn't very open, she doesn't like a whole bunch of attention pointed directly at her...she was reading the Book of Mormon a few weeks ago, but now neither of them are. We're praying for them hard these days.

Super cool experience this week:
We returned to the house of Dena, we had visited her one time previously, just to introduce the gospel, give her a pamphlet and mark a date to return. So we returned on Saturday, and to our surprise she had read and marked the entire pamphlet, and had questions about everything. Which means she actually read. And then she surprised us again with a story about how she already had the Book of Mormon in her house, it had been sitting there for years when her son gave it to her, telling her about a "different Bible". She loves the Book of Mormon!! She's going to pray about it, we're feeling like she is an elect <3

Our zone in Palmas is going to Brasília for Natal (Christmas)!! It will be a 13-hour bus ride there...but who cares, it will be an adventure. And I have Sister Alves so it's all good :) 

Boa semana por vocês, gente... the gospel is true!! <3
Até logo,
Sister Hill

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