Elder Hunt and his companion, Elder Reboucas
Assistants to the Mission President
Wednesday-Last p day wasn't p day, haha. Life as an Assistant is even busier than that of an Zone Leader.
Thursday- Our area Cantareira is unbeatable! Só favela! Our area is very big, but we have a solid area of favela that is not too far away from the church that I have already worked in on divisions in the past. Elder Rebouças and I are an unbeatable double! We both have 24 hour smiles and talk with EVERYONE, and even better we invite EVERYONE to be baptized! Everyone in the favela knows us as those who baptize and bring happiness into peoples lives. The favela we work in is pretty intense, but the drug lords respect us, so it’s all good. :)
Elder Hunt got to visit Hugo on a division in his Cashereihna, a young man who he baptized earlier this year.
Friday-Our days are always filled with different projects, assignments, and responsibilities along with our usual work in the field. Rebouças and I have been finding an average of 10 new investigators per day, our phrase is "smile on your face, Book of Mormon in hand, and fire in your bones’ -it sounds way better in Portuguese! ;)
Wesley and Paulo Henrique
Saturday-We did a division to interview Wesley, a young man who we baptized on Sunday. We followed up with tons of people to bring them to church the next day.
Something interesting about our situation was that we "opened" the area, meaning the two missionaries who were there before us both left, leaving no one in the area to know where things are or to have a teaching pool. But we came in hot, baptizing one in our first week, along with bringing 8 people to church with a baptismal date for this upcoming Sunday!
Wesley on his baptism day
Sunday-Wesley was baptized! Rebouças and I bore our testimonies in sacrament meeting to give our ward a little life! Our ward is a very "old" ward if you catch my drift. I bore my testimony about Grandpa Faust's love for Brasil and afterwards everyone in the ward told a different story about how they knew Grandpa or how he set them apart, or did something that changed their lives; I always love hearing stories about things like that! :)
Monday-We picked up all the mission numbers and followed up with all the LZ's in the mission. We wrote the mission news article this week and then we worked in our area the rest of the day! Great day!
Tuesday-We had district meeting along with a meeting with President. In this moment, our new mission vision and phrase is "Nordstrom" because Nordstrom will do ANYTHING to please their customers, pay any price or make any sacrifice. President instructed us that in our case, our missionaries are our customers and we need to do everything we can to gain their confidence and to raise their vision. They need to want to be obedient not because they are afraid of getting in trouble, but because they want to please God, also with fulfilling their role that we read in D&C 20:38-The duty of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons, and members of the church of Christ... and it is his calling to baptize!"
Wednesday-Today is our p day, even though we've been working quite a bit in the office, we just are using the computer a bit. We had a good lunch and at 6pm we'll being going to work in our area!
Elder Hunt has a dog like this at home, except a little thinner :)
Also tomorrow, we'll be headed off to do a division with the zone leaders in Baureri; it will be great! I love Brasil and I love being a missionary!