I hope you are all having a wonderful Memorial Day! It is just a normal day here, but you all better eat some burgers and hotdogs for me!
We had a really good week here, we marked two baptismal dates with a woman named Solange and her son Ricardo, they are so awesome and they came to church on Sunday! We set her baptismal date for this Saturday, but we are probably going to push it back for next Saturday, we need her to come to church one more time. She has been to church once in the past a few years ago with a friend though. She is way awesome, and the members are doing a great job of visiting her with us and fellowshipping her in Relief Society, so she is already feeling very welcome in the ward. I'm telling you, ever since we have been really focusing on working with members and involving them in missionary work, amazing things have been happening!
We are also teaching a woman named Elaine, she is awesome as well and really wants to get baptized, the only problem is that she has to get married first. She lives with her fiance and her two boys, but they aren't legally married on paper. So she just needs to do that then she can get baptized. But she has a lot of faith and has come to church as well. She is the neighbor of Gabrielle, who we baptized at the beginning of this transfer.
Elder Baughan and I are going to be doing divisions with all of the District Leaders in our zone pretty soon, we are starting tomorrow. So we will be working with them in their areas and doing some trainings, as well as trying to work with members in their areas to help them get involved. I always like doing divisions, because it is always mutually beneficial! We go to work with other elders and teach them some techniques we know, and at the same time learn from them and get more ideas. Its great.
We are having quite a bit of success working with less-actives as well, we have been able to find lots of new investigators through them. We taught a girl named Jessica who is starting to come back to church after 10 years. She was baptized when she was 8 but then never went back to church very much after that. But we visited her and met her sisters boyfriend named Valdir, who shows a lot of interest as well. He is awesome and we will be teaching him this week. The only problem is, he lives with his girlfriend but they aren't married so it will be a little tough. But he technically lives with her whole family, so maybe the situation is a bit different and he can still be baptized. We will see.
Me and Elder Anderson who lives with us have been making lots of sweet foods and juices still, trying to live it up as much as we can while we are here in Brazil! We are getting pretty good and finding all the right combinations of ingredients to make the ultimate fresh juices and smoothies. Fruit here in our mission is actually pretty expensive, which surprised me. There is a ton of fresh fruit and stuff but it is expensive. Food here in general is a lot more expensive than I thought it would be. But its worth it! Also we have been drinking tons of Tereré as usual, every morning and night we drink it. Me and Anderson are addicted!
Oh also the world cup starts in like 2 weeks! I'm super excited! Its about to get super crazy and dangerous here, I cant wait! haha
Anyways, that about sums up the week here, I hope you all have a wonderful week! I love and am praying for you all.
Elder Kyle Payne