Well first off, I hope you are all getting ready for The World Cup!!! It is going to be absolutely insane here. People are already going crazy haha. The first game will be on Wednesday in São Paulo, Brazil vs. Croatia. Also, there will be 4 games played here in Cuiabá during the world cup, the first game is on Thursday, it will be Chile vs. Australia. They said it is expected that 30,000 people from Chile are coming to Cuiaba to watch the game. So it is going to be crazy. President has already told us that we cant go out and work during the games and that we cant work at night because everyone will be drunk. All the members here are telling us to be careful because crazy things happen during the world cup here in Brazil. So this should be a very interesting week for us!
So last week was a good one, we had 6 investigators at church with us so it was awesome. I gave a talk in Sacrament Meeting, and so did Gabrielly! I was so proud of her, she is so awesome and is a huge blessing to her family.
We are still teaching Elaine and Tatiani, who both need to get married before they can get baptized because they are living with their spouses. It is really hard to find couples that are legally married. Everybody just moves in together and calls each other husband and wife, but they never got married. So it is kind of frustrating but we will keep working!
Solange and Ricardo didn't come to church, Ricardo is traveling to Minas Gerais (another state) to visit his dad for a few weeks. So we are going to have to reschedule their baptismal dates for when he gets back. But when he comes back we will keep working with him. In the meantime we will still visit Solange but she wants to get baptized with her son so we will have to wait.
We also marked a baptismal date with Mirian, she is Gabriellys and Kevin's grandma! She is so awesome and has been coming to church and meeting with us a lot, and she finally feels ready to be baptized. So we marked it for this Saturday! It is so awesome to visit her and her family, because there are lots of kids and whenever we go over there we all just sit in a big circle and play games and eat food and share messages and stuff. It is so fun with that family!
But pretty much I am absolutely exhausted right now, we walked a ton this past week and worked hard, I don't think I have ever been this worn out in my life! haha the mission is hard work but I love it. We scheduled family nights with several members this week and we will be bringing our investigators so it will be great to help them get to know more members. So this week we will be teaching Alexandre, the boyfriend of a member here. We taught him last week and he shows a lot of interest and is reading the Book of Mormon. So we are going to try to mark a baptismal date with him on our next visit.
Anyways, the work is going great and we are loving it here! We have lots to do and are staying busy, time is passing too fast. Its already the last week of the transfer, so we are going to be working hard and getting things ready for transfers. I am pretty sure I will stay, but I'm not sure about Elder Baughan. He only has two transfers left in his mission so he might be transferred and finish up somewhere else. But we will see.
Anyways, I love and miss you all so much! Hope you guys have a wonderful week!
Elder Kyle Payne