Monday, February, 25, 2013

This week a lot of things have happened. First Anderson the husband of the less active member decided to be baptised this week so we marked his interview and he was baptised yesterday it was very special, he will help out a lot in the church and in one year my companion will watch them getting sealed. He was tricky it took almost 2 months for him to get baptised, he was the kind of people that questioned everything and that is helping his family to have an interest in learning more about the church. Another notice is that in June Campinas Brazil mission will divide in two and 7 new missions will be created in Brazil, I would see that change but this is great because many cities that never had missionaries will get missionaries to grow the church a lot.

Something funny that happened this last week was evaded a lot of young women. There was a group of girls giving free hugs in the center and by the time we realized what it was it was too late and there was 5 or 6 girls on us; we told them we couldn't they were saying your religion doesn't permit it and then we were explaining to them our rules and then we managed to escape.

Well see you later and in a few weeks and don't worry we are working hard and we will baptize a few more people yet.

Love Elder Sands

Monday, February, 18, 2013

Oi familia

How are you all doing? Before I forget Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear mother, mommy, mom, mae, Happy Birthday to you. I forgot to tell you last week before so I am a day late, but I hope you can find some pies and have a wonderful festinha. That is pretty crazy how Acea's date responded to him, that should be a pretty fun date.

That is crazy that Shane is back and I am close behind, I am feeling a little sad leaving behind the mission life which I have loved for two years, but at the same time I am anxious to start a family see you all again and apply the mission to my life.

This last week we have had a surprise, the other area in our city was closed for this transfer so we have been bestowed with two big wards to take care of, we have been running around to visit our progressing investigators and start working in the other area. This week we are going to be really busy teaching, finding and following up with investigators so they can be baptised. This is great I have been hoping for a busy last transfer.

We are waiting to move to our new house but I don't know when that will be, we are wanting for the contract for the house we live in right now to close so that we can start living in the new house.


Elder Sands

Monday, February, 11, 2013

This week was great we were able to find more people to teach, we found out this week that we have been invited to teach in a rehab clinic which will be great to help people overcome drug problems and a member in our Ward has his son in the rehab center so that will be great to see him on a regular basis.

On Sunday Walter was confirmed and I was able to confirm him, it was my first time confirming someone but it was great to help with the spiritual progress of some one. We were able to go to the temple with Anderson and Carol, the couple we have been teaching, it was great; the spirit was powerful and we went into the waiting area to enjoy the sweet spirit and explain a few things about the temple, and Carol, she always says next year we are going to get sealed, giving indirect signals to Anderson. We also had and great family home evening with Walter our recent convert and Anderson and Carol, it was celestial and now Walter is planning to do a family home evening at his house this week.

We found out about transfers and I will stay in Valinhos with Elder Ribeiro which is what I was wanting, to end the mission in a place where you have a great friendship with the members. Don't worry we are going to work very hard this transfer and go out with a bang baptizing several more people and doing the most good we can.


Love you

Elder Sands

Monday, February 4, 2013

Well Acea I am glad you are ok and liking your classes, so you should be able to do better this next quarter. And about your questions well the way we indicated our key indicators have change to work with more quality, before all of the leaders have said that a lesson could be in a contact on the street where you teach several principles but that wasn't bringing very good results so president said that it is only a lesson when we teach in their houses, so we have been averaging 20-30 lessons a week this last week. We only were able to teach 15 lesson because we have had several days were we couldn't work because of a move we helped with, doctor appointment for my companion, and other service we were able to provide, but all is very well.

I am in a ward of about 150 active which is a good size ward and the biggest ward in the Stake and Nova Suiça is the only ward we take care of.

Well this week we were able to baptize Walter, we found him on the street doing contacts with people and was really receptive and we went to his house and started teaching him, he went to church last week and loved it and this last week his was asking what he needed to do to get baptised and he choose me do to the honors of baptizing him. It was really a miracle.

Yesterday at Church two members brought a friend to church and they seemed really receptive and we will start teaching them on Tuesday, this week we need to send a lot of our time finding people to teach, to expand our teaching pool that is starting to shrink. We went through the list of inactive and came up with the great result of Anderson that is progressing well and we are going to the temple with them this Wednesday. The rest of the inactive didn't turn out so well but that is ok. We had a great ward council yesterday and we were taking about the people we are teaching, Walter the recent convert, and the ward is really excited and this week is packed with member visits with us to help our investigators progress to the waters of baptism.

P.S can you please do me a favor when Elder Lee gets home give him a hug for me and tell him that Elder Sands says parabens

Love Elder Sands