I hope you all had a great week! I heard it is pretty hot back in the States as well, so we are both in the same boat! It has been super hot this past week as well, but it is winter so it isn't as hot as it usually is. But here in the winter the air gets super dry compared to what we are used to, so we have been getting dry throats and bloody noses and stuff. Its been pretty fun! haha. I think it has been in the high 80s in Fahrenheit, but it seems much hotter because of the clothes we have to wear and how much we walk.
So we are going to have a baptism this Saturday, it will be awesome! Alexandre accepted our invitation to be baptized last week and we set the date for this Saturday, he is so awesome! He is so prepared by the Lord to be baptized at this time in his life. He has 23 years, so its been pretty cool teaching someone that's pretty much our age. He has been progressing very well, he remembers everything we teach and has been reading the scriptures and coming to church. We are so excited for him. Also he will get the priesthood which will be a huge blessing in his life.
We didn't end up going to Caceres last week, there were a lot of problems with getting a bus and working it out with the Elders there and their schedule, so we are just going to do it next transfer instead. Also we haven't been able to move into our new house because we haven't been able to get the elders from the office to come approve the house. So we will keep trying! There are some pretty nice houses though that we have in mind so hopefully we can work something out.
Eder, our recent convert, is doing very well. He is going to all of the youth activities and everyone is welcoming him into the ward. Also Gabrielly and Kevin, who were baptized last transfer, are still doing very well and are still coming to church. We visit them a couple times per week.
We have been trying to work smart this transfer as well, working with members and trying to reactivate families as well. We have met some amazing people and have learned so much from them! We have been visiting a member named Alice, she has terminal cancer but is the one of the bravest and nicest women I have ever met! We have been working with her granddaughter Jaqueline who is less active in the church. She is very receptive to us and is starting to think about life in a different frame of mind because of her grandmothers situation. She came to church one time but is still hesitant about coming every week, but we will keep working with her as well.
This week we are going to focus on getting Alexandre to the waters of baptism and work on finding new investigators and setting everything up for next transfer so we can hit the ground running. We will get transfer calls on Sunday so we will see what happens! I think I will get transferred, one of the Assistants told us that we need to prepare things for the next Zone Leader that comes into the area. So I think either me or Elder Nere will leave.
We have still been teaching quite a few lessons but when we have gone back to visit them they haven't kept any commitments or aren't available to meet with us again, so we have dropped quite a few investigators. But we still have a good teaching pool and are focusing on them.
Today we are going to Cuiabá to play futebol and have a churrasco with the Elders in the other Zone there, so it should be pretty fun! It will be good to see Elder Watchman and Rasmussen from my group again.
Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful week! I love and miss you all so much!
Elder Kyle Payne