Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. Alma 26:12

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It wasn't exactly our focus...(September 28)

This week was really good. Unfortunately, our baptism fell but this week will work out. We're teaching a lot of really cool people. One of which will be baptized this week! His name is Antonio and he's 26. He lives with his aunt and his cousins. His cousin Gustavo has a date for the 11th but is a bit more difficult because he works as a life guard and is only able to go to church once a month. Fortunately, his day off this month is on general conference. It's gonna be an awesome experience. Back to Antonio. So a week or two ago we were walking down the street with nowhere to go (all our plans for that time had fallen). When all of the sudden I felt that we should knock on a small white house a bit farther up the road. We had passed that house many times and every time we passed it was always filled with kids (Not exactly our focus). But we trusted our feelings and went in. We knocked and Antonio came to the door. We talked to him a bit and explained to him the first vision. He accepted the baptismal date that same day. a couple visits later, we met Gustavo and invited them to play soccer at the church (In the US they have basketball courts, here they have soccer fields). So ya, they went with us and met a bunch of people and made a bunch of friends. It seems like the path for them was planned a long time ago. Everything just goes right with them. Antonio is going to teach his neighbor with us this week. The best part is that he invited us to go with him! He hasn't even been baptized yet and he's already wanting to teach with us. He's really super awesome!

So yesterday the ZLs asked me to do an interview for them last minute (like 20 mins until church would end). The name of the man was Daniel and he is super smart (He's a lawyer). We talked and talked and about an hour later he passed. My comp was so ready to go to lunch (and I was too) but Daniel decided that he wanted me to baptize him. I accepted obviously and we switched our clothes really quickly and I sent my comp and Smiff with Sister Fusco to get a change of clothes for me from our house. The baptisms went really smoothly and when we left the water, Daniel couldn't stop telling me how awesome he felt and how clean he felt. I know that the baptism is something extremely important to all of us. And that if we follow the light of Christ we will always be lead in the right direction. 

Love you guys so much!!! :)

Elder Hamstead

Family home evening with our awesome recent converts! They bought us pizza! And Coke!! :)

No more suits! (September 7)

Well this week we had ANOTHER transfer.... Elder Da Rosa, the Elder that I wrote you about last week was transferred....... My new comp is Elder Mendes (3rd black companion!!! I think that must be a record in our family :D ). I've known him since around June. He lived in my house in Jardim Castel√£o. It's weird to be his comp. He goes home on the same day as me  (1 year and 7 months and junior...). I don't know why Pres. likes to do this to me. He gives me a comp thats super good and righteous and then a companion that's a little broken and in need of repairs. It's all good though. At least I know that my next comp will be super good and super righteous! 

This week, the First Presidency made some changes in some missions. My mission doesn't have to use suits anymore!! What an awesome blessing! It's super hot here. Suit jackets don't help haha. Love you guys!!!!!!!!!!

Photos (August 17)

Baptism from last Sunday (Believe it or not, the girl on my left (not being baptized) is 18!)

Trip to Aracati

Division in Pacajus last week!! Visiting more recent converts :)

Life is going well...(July 27)

I'm loving Pacajus! Ill send pics :). My zone has 8 companionships, 3 districts, and its really big. Tonight we're gonna travel to the farthest areas (about 3 hours by bus). When I served here last year there were 10 or 11 companionships by the time I left. I'm hoping that I'll be able to see the Zone grow again :). When I passed in Pacajus last year, Pedras (Area of the Zone Leaders) had 1 baptism in the entire 7 months that I was there. I got a bit nervous when I was told that I would go there. But now I'm all good. In one week we've already had a baptism. His name is Eder and is 25. He's really cool and loves to study the Book of Revelations (Which is 'o livro de Apocalipses' [The book of Apocalipse] in Portuguese). So ya, life is going well. Yet again I'm not sure when I'm gonna return. Everyone tells me different dates. I'm just gonna wait until President tells me the exact date haha. 

Fotos: Elder Page and I in the last mission council / Lunch in Pacajus / Visiting people in Pacajus / My house (The one with the light on) / Visiting a couple people in Pacajus