Monday, February 17, 2014

Heyah Family! (Week 91)

Heyah family!

Well it was an amazing week with a lot of ups and downs. But a really good one.  Here´s what went down.

On Monday we had a ton of work to do in the office so we stayed there working hard and anxiously awaiting President to reveal the transfer.  He finally did at about 5:30 that night so we had a lot of work to do to organize the logistics of everyone getting to the bus station on time and everything.  Elder Lima was really sad the whole week because he went home.  He was really pensive about everything which made me a bit sad too because it is hard to stop working after giving so much of yourself to this great cause.

On Tuesday, new missionaries arrived, full of energy and excitment.  It was good, we had the usual lunch with President and Sister Fortunato, gave them a training about the mission and it went well.  We got 5 Americans that had been waiting 6+ months for their visas so that is exciting that they finally arrived. 

Tuesday night, we called all the missionaries for the transfer.  We did it differently this time- we just told them all to go to the bus station and we would tell them where they would go and with whom there.  They all were a bit annoyed but it turned out well. Wednesday morning we went to the Bus station and it was pretty crazy for about two hours but we got everything sorted out alright and everyone got transfered without a problem.  

President called an amazing elder to be the next Assistant.  He is Elder Sonnefeld, a great friend of mine that I met when I was in Três Corações.  He has one year and three months on the misison and he is really excited and an extremely good, obedient missionary.  We are really really excited to work together - WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF SUCCESS! I KNOW IT!  and he is an amzing example to me and we are good friends.

After the transfer on Wednesday, we went to the President´s house for lunch with the six missionaries that were going to end their missions that day.  It was a sad, spiritual lunch.  Elder Lima, Elder Munson, Elder Clark, Elder Childers, Sister Bisognin and Elder de Almeida all went home.  They all were great missionaries and it was sad to see them go.  We took them to the airport and sent them all on their way.  It was hard to say good-bye to Elder Lima, he was an amazing companion and I learned a lot from him.  I am so grateful for the chance to be his companion.  

The next day, President called us and asked us to go on a division to João Monlevade to help animate the elders there so we went they yesterday which was a lot of fun.  We found 3 new people to teach who accepted to be baptized.  It was a really cool experience actually.  Right after lunch, we were walking down the street heading to contact a reference that the sister had given us.  As we were walking, we passed a house and I felt like we should knock that door.  We knocked and told the lady that we felt like we needed to share this message with her that God wanted her to listen.  We shared the message with her and it was a very spiritual lesson.  She told us that she was really confused in her life and wanted to know what church was the true one.  She cried a lot and accepted baptism with her daughter-in-law who was there too.  It was a tender mercy of the Lord and I felt so grateful that the Lord blessed us with that lesson and these wonderful people during the division.  The Lord was really merciful and good to us.

Well that about sums up my week! It was a great one and we are really excited to rest a bit today and then hit the pavement at 6 oclock!  It´ll be great!

Hope everyone is well and happy! Share the gospel today withsomeone! We all need the gospel in our lives!

Elder Jacob

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