Elder Washington and I are getting along really well. We have high goals and we are praying and doing special fasts together to be able to realize them. We really want to baptize weekly this next transfer. We are striving to do all we can to accomplish this and strengthen our branch. I was really surprised when i found out the frequency of our Branch was higher than the two wards (Centenario & Engenho Velho). In our branch council on Sunday we planned a ´´O Domingo que Ninguem Faltou´´(the sunday that no one missed) and we are expecting the frequency that week to be a minimum of 100. Elder Washington and I are really wanting to work with the members even more to see more results. We really are gaining the love, support and trust of the members of our Branch as they are seeing the fruits of our work. They are happy to see baptisms, higher frequency at church, and our willingness to work with them. Great things are happening in Branch Federação!
Some other good news is that Débora will be baptized this coming Saturday (the 11th). She is totally ready. Her sister is a member and is helping her a lot. Even Débora´s son is a member so she will fit right in. We really hit it hard (spiritually) on the Word of Wisdom with her and gave her cards with daily reading assignments of scriptures and words of advice. She is finally committed to being baptized on Saturday and hasn't drank coffee for almost a week now! WOOHOO!
For next Saturday after the 11th we are planning to baptize Joana ( a 59 yrs old woman). the only thing inhibiting her baptism is her addiction to Smoking and coffee. Sunday night we had a spiritually powerful lesson with her and she told us that she really will use her forces to stop. We will be accompanying her a lot that week so her baptism will be realized :)
And every hour in between we are teaching and helping other people develop their testimonies in Christ.
For P-day we went as a district to Parque de Pituaçu and biked a 15 kilometer trail, saw some beautiful beaches, drank coconut water, and ate at a little restaurant. It was nothing less than perfect (and a good workout) 😌
In the end, I am loving Salvador; all the ups and downs and twists and turns. I really don't want to be transferred to the interior. I want to stay here in Salvador! I love the work and I love the Lord. All that I have and all the good that I do is thanks to Him. I will never be able to pay Him back. the least I can do is give 2 years of my life in His service.
Have a great week everyone!
p.s. here is a funny story Mckay shared with us. hahaha
"OH!! yesterday night i whacked a Gecko off the wall in our house and when i whacked him, his tail ripped off and he was painfully trying to run away. i just kept sweeping him out of the house. the crazy thing was that the tail ( completely separate) was wiggliing and squirming the whole time! it was as if it were alive! it didn't stop for a while!"