And as for me and how new year went it was fun . We got permission to stay out until 1030 which was crazy and we used that time to go to a members house that they had a party going on there. We have been getting really spoiled by everyone and it has been awesome. But it will be good that the parties are coming to an end so that we can be out on the streets more working.
We did not get to baptise maria becuase she just really is not retaining any information and we still are struggling with things of catholics. We need to give her more time so that she really knows what she is doing. Yes with Maria we have plans to try to get on better terms and try to start teaching her children as well as some other plans that we have made with the bishop and our lider de obra. I feel that this is what is best for her and that is all that we want becuase we have come to love her and just want to help her.
We have a pretty firm baptism planned this week ( I realize that the last two have fallen). It will be a nine year old girl of a member that has been inactive for some time but now is wanting to come back. Her daughter already knows most all the basics becasue of being taught at home and in primary so it should be smooth.
This week I have been taking time during my studies to read the talks from General conference again to learn from the words of the prophets more after that assignment to read the one talk. I have found lots of guidance and powerful help in those words that I am greatful for. Elder Alves and I have been really working hard on getting those scriptures down and not just doing practices to do them but to really improve our teaching and improve our spiritual power. I have enjoyed working on the Mestre de Israel certification and Elder Alves has been a great help to me. I know that this will help me be a much more effective missionary and we will be able to better fulfil our purpose with this knowledge.
I am loving every moment working here with him because we always seem to be excited about what we are doing. We have a lot that we are trying to do to improve this ala and teach people and start baptising here. As for my baptism goal for the year I am still working on coming up with a set number so I will try to get that to you by next week after a little more prayerful pondering.
So Elder Alves told a story about one of his companions and him praying to have difficulties as a message after almoco with one of our members. I liked that and I have been trying to be better at being greatful for the challenges that I have in my life. Remembering that we are here to be tried and that even when we are doing everything right we will still have lots of trials is something that is great to have in the back of my mind.
As a mission we have a study of the atonement that we are supposed to have as part of studies every day. I have learned alot about how central that is to the lords plan and everything that we are and our entire existance. The atonement is something that is hard to understand and comprehend because it is so extensive and universal but it is so personal and such a blessing to remember that there really was a time set apart for Christ to suffer for every rude word we ever say to our siblings and he felt all of our pain and hardships.
I am feeling my relationship with my father in Heaven growing in my prayers. Prayer is something that has been a part of my life for forever but has not been quite as meaningful and sacred as it is becoming for me now. I am so greatful that we have the opportunity to talk with our heavenly father whenever we want. I know that he loves us.
Eu amo voces. Fica firm no fé e como elder alves gostas de dizer fica Direct Man
Also we found the most Elect guy ever and he is really rich which is rare hopefully he will come to church. I will let you know if we get to start teaching him.