Monday, March 7, 2016

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Monday- Numbers, graviola c/leite, and our meeting with the President. Something interesting was that President Farnes talked a lot to us about how we treat people and the "WOW factor." He said that success in life is "...85% knowing how to treat people well, and only 15% skill, knowledge, and talents..." This was very impactful on all of us and made all of us think a lot. 

Tuesday-My very last leadership counsel was to be this upcoming Thursday, so with the countless counsels that I've been apart of, countless nights without sleep, and the other sacrifices involved in making counsel awesome, I wanted to go out with a BANG! 

Taking the words of President Farnes to heart, we wanted to express our gratitude to the leaders of our mission, we wanted them all to feel special, important, and included, so we wrote handwritten letters thanking every one of them. 

We also made them a special customized letter that has to do with them individually, and we got every one of them their favorite chocolate bar. So for the span of Tuesday and Wednesday our whole time was used in making all these things as well as the powerpoint and the rest of our training for counsel.  We had an all nighter on Tuesday. WE ARE SO TIRED...haha :)

Thursday-We arrived early for counsel in Barueri to begin the preparations ;).  We also planned another activity as a learning experience for everyone on how to treat people.   

We got one of the secretaries, Elder Gomes, and dressed him up as a maintenance man and we sent the companionships one by one down the hallway to go to the sacrament meeting room to start counselho. And every time a companionship passed close to Elder Gomes (maintenance man) he would drop a ton of things and he would need help. So the whole point of this experiment was to see how many people would stop to help "the maintenance man." Unfortunately, not many stopped to help him, very smoothly, we took notes of who did and didn’t help. 

We gave our training, everyone loved the letters and treats, and about mid way into our training we pulled up the powerpoint slide on how to treat people. I called Elder Gomes and he came in in his maintenance clothes, went up to the front, and took off his hat, scarf type thing, and sunglasses, and everyone in the audience gasped. We talked about how he needed help and how so few people stopped to help him. And to conclude he gave his last wise words, he said, "There are only 3 types of people. Those who just walk by, those who stop and ask, and those who actually help.”

After President Farnes tied in the parable of the Good Samaritan and then talked about "The WOW Factor" when working with members. It was amazing! Absolutely amazing! :) After President asked Flores, Medina, and I bear our testimonies in front of every one because it was our very last counselho. It was very emotional realizing that it all had come to an end, sort of. But I was very happy that I felt that I have done what I was called to do as AP (even though I still had 2 weeks being AP haha.) It is interesting because Medina and I ended together, we had our last counsel together, he goes home on Thursday. :(

Friday-We divided with Da Silva! Always great! :) We did some baptismal interviews and we had a great day! 
I'm getting pretty good at making baptismal cakes. haha

Saturday-Follow up and I made a cake to celebrate the baptisms! Also our Recent convert Ana read from the beginning of The Book of Mormon to halfway to 2nd Nephi in two days! She is awesome! :) 
The baptism of Nata, Gabriel, Renan, and Andre

Sunday-We had the baptism of Nata, Gabriel, Renan, and Andre! Awesome young men who hadn’t been baptized we found from inactive families. I also made another cake to celebrate because it was such a success! :) 

After we had lunch with an awesome family in the ward. The young couple is the 1st counselor in the bishopric and his wife is the YW President, they are so cool and funny! I love our ward!!! :)

Monday-We are all super tired, but President Farnes took us to Outback, so it was awesome!!! :) Crazy week! 

Elder Hunt

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