The first two pictures of me with the black guy are special. So this is a guy named Ailton. I found him when i served in Federação, Salvador. He hadn't been to church in 10 years. We helped him out and he came to church like twice while i was ther in Federação for 3 months. I was transferred and now 6 months later he shows up in the mission office with 2 Elders. I was surprised to see him here. I asked him what he was doing here and he replied that he is the Ward Mission Leader! I was super happy for him, so we took a picture together. The other photos are of Diego and his wife and kid. This was his third time going to church. He just needs to get married then he can be baptized. He told us he intends to get married in 2018. We hope we can get him to marry sooner. EVERYTHING is possible.
and a cool view! our area is incredibly beautiful, just that i don't have any photos of it. We only get out to work around 5 pm and its already dark by then, so the pretty beaches and blue ocean aren't so breathtaking. The water is black and its dark so i don't even take my camera with me when we leave the office. One of these p-days I will have to just walk around our area and take pictures during the day. Just looked up Ondina, Salvador on Google and you will see what my area is like. Well you will see what the beaches and pretty parts of my area are like. We mostly work in the favelas. (the slums)
Eating burger king!!!!!
We had Mission leadership council meeting in the mission home on Tuesday all day, then today we had our zone conference . Zone conference today was in Amaralina. It is in a beautiful location. Here are some photos of the re-constructed Amaralina Ward building. This church building was burnt down when I arrived a year ago in the mission. When President Bangerter picked me up from the airport the day i arrived, he drove us past it and told us its story how people set it on fire and bombed it. Now its rebuilt and beautiful inside and out. It is literally right next to the ocean. There is the chapel and on the other side of the road is the beach. Today the waves were bigger because of the windy conditions/ tempests so there were some surfers out in the water. I watched a guy do wakeboard windsurfing. He jumped off this huge wave and flew in the air gliding on the wind for a while, then landed back on the water! it was awesome!