Sorry I wasn't able to email yesterday, we went to the Chapada with an investigator and didn't get home in time to email. But it was super fun! We went with a girl named Bruna, we met her teaching English last week, she is AWESOME! She already helps us a ton, she gives us rides places and gives us dinner and stuff. She even gave us sunscreen because she is worried about is walking out in the sun all day haha. She is really interested in what we do as missionaries and loves talking to us about the United States and English, she has a lot of potential so we will keep working with her. Elder Goodrich and Elder Nickolaisen slept at our house on Sunday night and they went with us to the Chapada as well, we all had a lot of fun. I will send pics later :) It rained super hard at the end though and we all got soaked but it was worth the trip!
This morning we had Zone Meeting here in Várzea Grande, so all of the missionaries in the zone came. It went really well, we all designed a zone t-shirt that we will get for each of us so it will be fun. I gave a training on Loving One Another and becoming true followers of Christ, and Elder Watchman gave a training on working with members and teaching investigators. We are focusing this transfer on taking members with us to our lessons.
Last transfer our zone had 12 baptisms, so we are making good progress. But this next transfer our goal is pretty high, we are going to work towards 26 baptisms. That means that each companionship will baptize 2 people, which is really possible we just have to work hard. Plus our zone grew by 3 companionships, and São Mateus has 4 missionaries now and now that they have a little chapel it will be easy for people to come to church and be baptized instead of coming clear to the center at our chapel. The Elders there will baptize a ton. Also, this last Sunday was the first day of the group, and there were 44 people at church! That's so awesome! The group will become a branch here soon, no doubt.
Last week we also had Mission Leadership Council in Cuiaba, so all of the zone leaders in the north zones came together and discussed how to improve the mission. It went well and it was good to see my friends of the mission. But after the mission we took a bus from Cuiabá back to Várzea Grande which usually takes about a half hour, but with traffic at rush hour it takes about an hour and a half. But on the bus we took, all of the windows were sealed and we couldn't open them, and there was no AC so it was like a sauna! The bus was super packed as well. A woman standing next to me had a watch with a thermometer on it, and it said 54 degrees Celsius which is like 120 something in Fahrenheit. It was insane, probably the worst hour and a half of my life haha. But me and Elder Watchman survived so its all good :)
We also marked 2 baptismal dates this week with our investigators João Vitor and Eliane, so we will be teaching them this next week as well. They are awesome, they just haven't been to church yet so we will be sure to help them come to church with us this Sunday.
Anyways, I think that's about it for my week, but I hope you all have a good week, I love you and miss you!
Elder Kyle Payne