Pau dos Ferros: Week 9

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Well the Pau dos Ferros group will become a branch really soon. It´s been ready to become a branch for a while, we´ve just been waiting for the approval. Probably the next time that the stake leaders come it will become a branch. This week President Soares came to interview us four. He was going to arrive in time for sacrament meeting but he ended up coming after. We had 80 people at church again on Sunday!

We had a baptism this sunday of Dennis, a 15-year-old who is a member´s cousin. On saturday, the day before, we went to his house to talk to him. He wasn´t there but his dad was. His dad called us in to sit down. He had a serious look on his face and I was thinking that he had decided to not let his son get baptized or try to delay it. But instead, he asked if it would be appropriate to buy a cake to celebrate his baptism with us and their family that night! Haha, we were pretty relieved afterwards. A lot of parents here are like that. Even if they have another religion, when we start teaching their kids they thank us for helping them because they worry about them going down a wrong path. We rarely have problems with parents supporting the baptism of their kids. A lot of times the youth in a family is a doorway to over time help the parents to go to church.

This morning we climbed up that little mountain again with some of the young men, including the ones that were baptized recently. These kind of things are good for them to make friends and get integrated.

Thanks for the weekly report! I hope you can enjoy the rest of summer vacation. It ends so quickly for elementary school kids. Wow sounds like Jill is using her time well this summer. It doesn´t seem like that long ago that I was taking that class! Thanks for sending me those talks- I´ll read them. I´m learning a lot about the gospel, too, as I try to simplify everything in order for people to understand. One lesson that we teach multiple times per day here is the gospel of Jesus Christ- faith, repentance, baptism, receive the HG and endure to the end. So we have practiced a lot and learned lots of examples of how to teach it simply.

Love you, Mom. And thanks again for the package and for the letters. I love you all and think about you a lot. Have a great week!

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