Like I promissed i will try to give all the details i can as possible about my last week and this past week which were just super duper awesome in this short amount of time. So last sunday we had one of the best baptismal meetings i have had in my misison. We have a new leader of the missionary work. HIs name is Irmao Marcos and he is a not so recently returned missionary but he isnt like super old or anything he looks like he is in his thirties, anyways our other leader was Irmao José who is a pioneer of the ward and he is ancient! He was an awesome leader and always met with us every wed night to talk about our investigators and he would always tell the most random vague jokes like from popsicles you know and Elder G. Oliviera and i would just look at each other like WHat...and he would be laughing by himself irmao Josè...His son jonthan just left for his mission a couple weeks ago to Goiana there in Minais Gerias the state of my companion! HIs son is quite the character! he always talks like hes anouncing things becuase that what he used to do for his job drive around in this van with a amp and mic and yell out advertisements! When he would say the sacrament prayer it was hard not to laugh...im sorry...anyways our new leader Irmao Marcos set up a really good meeting. The releif socity sung to Iraildo and Larissa especially to Larissa Ivy´s sister welcoming her and us missionaries we sang the opening hymn which could of used more practice...haha. After Iraildo and Larissa left the water and changed closed we watched a clip of Togehter forever a short gathering of clips about the plan of salvation in the sacrament room. Everybody was so quiet watching this film and the spirit was really strong there. Gosh i just couldnt be happier with the members who particpated in this baptism and how they made Iraildo and Larissa feel so welcome. Last week on Tuesday we brought a surprise to them! We made a little banner of three photos for Larissa of her baptism and a cool acrlyic cup for Iraildo. THey really enjoyed the presents. Im really happy for Larissa and how much she has progressed as she was strugling to come to church on her own without a ton of help from Ivy and her mom Irma Fatima. But on the day of her baptism she came all by herself and that just really made our day as she showed she had her own desire to come. Yesterday was one of the best testimony meetings of my mission as Ivy and Iraildo bore their testmonies on how much they have been moved by the gospel. I cant tell you how great testimony meetings are to missionaries. Its like a power up to us, rejuvenation. Everyday we receive so many no´s from people who dont want anything to do with us but each testimony born yesterday reminded how important this work is and how much of a difference it can make. So its definatly worth taking a million no´s for one yes...I couldnt believe that right after Iraildo was confirmed a member he went right back up in front to bear his testimony. I have a feeling he is going to be great example to many in this ward! I just couldnt be happier for these people and for all the support i recieved when i was preparing myself to leave for the mission becuase i was reminded how much of a difference support makes and means to others. Im so happy for this ward and im super excited to cotinue working here with my ``filho``buddy Elder G. Oliviera. WIth have a ton of hope for this transfer. We have a very special family we are teaching. ALexandre, Neves., Maria and Artur and we recently found out that Maria´s boyfriend is a member! That is awesome! We are going to visit them with him. IN Fact we are going to visit them this wed night as they invited us for dinner!!! Well I love you all a ton and continue to thank you all for the letters and support! Have a great week! Abraço, Elder M. HOwell
Vitor and I!
A member who helps us a lot!
The new group of our home! Elder Clawson arrived!
Larrisa, Iraildo and Irma Fatima