We had a very productive and interesting week. We were able to have interviews with President Young and I was able to feel the Spirit very strongly as I talked with him and I am very grateful for the advice that he gave me. He is an amazing mission president and he truly receives inspiration from God. It was funny because when he called us into his office he said "Agora posso falar com as estrelinhas da missão!" which basically means that we're the superstars of the mission because Estrelinha means little star haha :)
During our zone conference this week, we learned about the importance of following up with our investigators every day, especially Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We have been doing our best to contact all of our progressing investigators every day. During this transfer, I have really been learning about how important it is to teach our investigators all of the commandments as soon as possible and to follow up with them every day so that they can start living the gospel immediately and feel the Spirit even stronger and make the right choices.
Vanderneis came to church again this week and arrived early to make sure that she wouldn't miss the sacrament. She is firm in her decision to be baptized. She will attend stake conference this week and we had to move her baptism date to because we didn't receive support from the ward to baptize her after stake conference because they didn't want to have a baptismal service in another chapel and they didn't think anyone would come if we planned to have it in our chapel during the afternoon after stake conference...But Vanderneis is still firm!
We have a lot of other investigators who are progressing and we had other baptismal dates marked but none of them came to church so we're praying that they'll come this week.
We watched a video the other day about missionary work that was amazing. Elder Holland said something that's been stuck in my head all week: "Salvation is not a cheap experience." During my mission I've really been learning about this phrase. A lot of our investigators are just looking for a quick and easy way to be saved, but there isn't one. The gospel is very simple and we work very hard to explain this to our investigators, but we also have to understand that we have a part to do. My favorite thing to teach about is the Atonement and even though I still can't comprehend it completely, I know that salvation is not and never was cheap. I know that it is only through the Savior's Atonement that everything is possible.
Eu amo vocês!
And I can't send pictures this week but there will be a ton next week so get ready! ;)