October 13, 2014
The happenings in Aracatuba:
6. Soon to be baptisms
But for reals. It is so hot here. This week was all 95-105 degrees. Like, I've been in that weather before. but I've never had to walk all day in it. And that was like the peak of summer. Yeah, summer here is just starting. Everyone always laughs and just says we haven't seen anything yet. It gets to about 115-125 here. Yay. I'm so excited for December and January. Ha!
Things are just chuggin right along! We have been working a lot and having some meetings wtht the leadership of our ward on how we can really get things going. We know that without the members, this work won't work. We need them and their abilities. So we had some meetings, and planned some activities. It was good. We were also able to give a training on Sunday. It went alright. We were all feeling a little down after because frankly no one paid attention. They were talking the whole time and we were all a little peeved. Well, we had one brother come up to us after and mark a time to visit some people with us and showed us the notes that he took. Well, that was a huge comfort. Every great work has to start somewhere. It reminded me of the scripture in D&C 18:15 -(I'm translating) "And if you work all of your days, and only bring me one soul, how great will be your joy with him in the Kingdom of Heaven." We have to be grateful for what we have, and be diligent, and the rest will come. Remember that he didn't say "and if you work for a little while." He said "ALL of your days".
We worked all week and all week, but when Sunday came, we had quite a few investigators out of town. Including one that went to look at the temple in Sao Paulo. Well, we got a little discouraged because no one was at Church, then in walked Matilde with her two sons. She's incredible. Emerson, her husband, was working, but she wok up the kids and came to Church. She will get baptized hopefully this transfer.
It sound like you're all having quite the part there in Utah! Especially Dad with all his duties. As they said on Disney, "make sure the President's duties don't get too backed up." HAHAHAHA! And with all the Birthdays. I am sending a package soon. don't even worry. It's gonna be real cool.
I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week! Good luck to Kylie in Texas! Is she going to the same mission as Marie?
I love you all!
Love, Elder Scott JACKSON Taylor