My name is Diana Martin and I am a not so secret agent for the Lord in beautiful Maceio, Brazil. I am serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Batismos e Milagres

August 5, 2013

Dear Family,

This week was amazing! So many miracles and happy moments. I love that the happiness always overcomes the unfortunate parts of life. Don´t you? For intstance, this week we hit a new low in almost all of our numbers, numbers of lessons, investigators, batismal marcads and what not but that doesn´t have importance. Why? Because two wonderful people were baptized! 

This week was hard for numbers because on (1)Wednesday we had a 2 zone combined meeting with President during our normal proselitismo time. But it was an amazing meeting and I learned a lot about my self. We watched clips of a talk that Elder Bednar gave where he talks about change, improvement, and seeking the spirit. What we do now isn´t good enough for where we want to go in the future. Don´t get to thinking I am good enough as is.  We can always improve! and it is wonderful because we always have help to improve! It is remarkable as well because one time President Eyring said to Elder Bednar "If you haven´t been rebuked by the Spirit recently you need to improve your prayers" Crazy to think an apostle needs to do that because if he does how much more do we? (Sorry about my geek-out about how awesome this meeting was). (2) We had two baptisms and well, they take work. For example, on Thursday we cleaned the chapel and made a cake and filled the font for the first baptism of Marcelo. Saturday we got together with the young women in our ward to learn a special hymn for Wemerson´s baptism and more, (3) This week was just sparce.

But now, more about Marcelo and Wemerson. They are both 22 and have member girlfriends of which one was baptized 2 years ago and the other 4 months ago. And they both already have the temple as their goal. They are our miracles of the transfer (milagres da transferência). Marcelo doesn´t actually live in Maceió but he works here during the week so teaching him was hard. We only taught him about three times but he read all of Gospel Principles and Our Heritage and some of the Book of Mormon all before we started teaching. To say he was prepared would be an understantment. His baptism was small but wonderful.

Wemerson´s baptism was a litttle crazy because at the last minute we found out he doesn´t actually live in our area but the area of the elders. A lot of changes had to be made and it was crazy but his baptism was really touching. When he was baptized the presence of the spirit was so strong and he is so strong in his faith. It is amazing. And then afterwards he officially asked Larissa to be his girlfriend and well, it was really cute. 

Last night we found out about transfers. Sister Moraes is being transfered and Eu estou ficando. Almost all of the other sisters are being transferred as well. We find out Tuesday what will happen! I am a little nervous and excited and oh my goodness. I´m done with treinamento. crazy. 

I love you all!
Sister Martin

P.S. Oh! I also made cookies for Wemerson´s baptism! They were a hit! But I will tell you it is not easy to make a double batch of cookies when you don´t have a mixer. On the bright side, I think my right arm has a lot more definition. woohoo!

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