My beloved people!
Things are going super well here in Ribeirão Preto. Super weird and all over the place, but still super awesome.
So what's been going down here. First of all, we've have running around trying to get one of our investigators ready for baptism this week. Valdenice is an investigator that we contacted on the street, actually it was in a bakery. Elder Zolet is a serious snacker, so we stop in the bakery on a regular basis, but about three weeks ago it really paid off. We were about to leave when this investigator walked in and gave a friendly smile. I wasn't sure if I was going to talk to her when all of a sudden Elder Zolet's credit card didn't work and it gave me a minute to talk with her. She was super nice and accepted a visit for the next day. Ever since then she's been preparing for baptism, went to church three times and is going to be get baptized today! It's been a short road, but a pretty hectic one at the same time. We had to learn how to adjust our teaching for someone that had a lot of health problems and treated us more like psychologists than missionaries, but after all was sad and done, it worked out. Her interview is going to be today, and Elder Young is going to do it.
The two missionaries from my group, Elder Young and Elder Gardner, are going home on Monday. They've been spending the last few days with us and it's been a blast. Elder Young was my companion in the MTC, and even though it's sad that we won't be going home together, we've been catching up on old times. It's funny because we both served the majority of our mission in Brazil, but we always talk a ton about Florida and the experiences that we had there. It's just another testimony about how we were prepared to serve where the Lord needed us to.
I'm reading the Book of Mormon and am going to finish before I go home. It'll be the first time in Portuguese. I wanted to mix things up a bit so I started in Mosiah, read to the end and am now about halfway through 1 Nephi. Instead of hitting the Isaiah chapters in the second book, they'll be some of the last chapters that I'll be reading.
6 more weeks. When I wrote it down I realized that it was one digit. But I'm not worried about if I'll be effective or not. We are going to be travelling the mission to give specialized training to each zone. The training that we've done so far has been super good, so I'm sure that it'll be a lot of fun. I'm finally going to see the other side of the mission and get a taste of real Brazilian heat.
My friends, thanks so much for your letters and all the prayers. I love you all so much!
Elder Jack Vawdrey