Monday, January 6, 2014
email de semana
This week was CRAZY
let me explain
We got permission to stay up to 10:30 outside if we had a car-ride to go home with a member new years eve. Well, that morning, we got a call from the Assistants. Turns out that as a mission we had the goal of 200 baptisms in the month of December (compared to the 28 that we had last year, it's quite the goal...) We ended last week with 189. The weekend didn't end the month, we still had 2 days....so what happened? The assistants called all of the LZs who called all of the LDs who called everybody and told all of us that there are a tleast 11 people waiting to be baptized as a new years resolution. so, on new years eve, we ran through the city in search of 3 of our investigators that were preparing for baptism. They were all visiting friends, family, and a whole bunch of nonsense....... we were going crazy. at about 1900hrs, we got to the house of our investigator Gabriel. He is 17, but already got permission from the father to be baptized. Problem-he was not home. Panicked, the grandma (with whom he lives) told us that he had been missing for 4 days. Bewildered, we called the other elders on the other side of Passo Fundo to see if they would pass by the house of the girlfriend of Gabriel, who they baptized several months ago. They were actually already there, inside the house teaching both our investigator and the girlfriend. We almost cried. I told the elderes there to do a check-mate on our investigator and bring him to the church so he could be baptized that night. I then called the District Leader, Elder Lemes to come to the church too to do the interview. We then grabbed an Onibus, and headed to Center to fill the baptismal font. At about 2100hrs, they all arrived, and we had a small baptismal meeting and the baptism. We closed the church at about 2200hrs, and headed home, when we got a call from the sisters, asking if we wanted to drink super-man champagne with them to celebrate the new year. With 15 minutes of free time, we celebrated in front of our apartments. (our Apartment buildings are side by side..) it was fun, but it turns out that strawberry-based, alcohol-free, superman champagne, really isn't that fantastic, but what was was that I got to pop the cork, and it exploded so high, that by the time that we poured the champagne, there was about a half-shot for everybody...(we also had the elders from Lagoa Vermelha over (for the district meeting the next day) along with the sisters from Passo Fundo B. (they live with our sisters) It was fun, short, and we were all tired the next day.... Fun stuff. They explode so many fireworks here that to this day, they explode them every night because of the new year.... they are "Illegal" but nobody cares, and they sell them in every store.
Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of the baptism, my camera was in our apartment, and we didnt pass there before the baptism.
in the end, our mission had.............203 baptisms in the month of December. We are improving our techniques a LOT, through dilligece, obedience, and heavy study, it's been a huge change.