The last transfer that I had here, about 2 months ago, I contacted a man on the street and invited him to go to church with us on Sunday, and then on my last Sunday there he just showed up! I hardly even remembered who he was at first because we talk with so many people each week, but soon I remembered when and where I´d talked with him and guided him from class to class at church. After that, I was transferred to Ipiranga and my companion, Elder S, and the previous financial secretary, Elder T, began teaching him. It was so neat to be here and see how far he has progressed and how much happier he is now! There is no greater joy than seeing these changes in the people we teach on the mission! A few weeks ago, he wanted to just give up. Something, though, made him pick up the Book of Mormon and start reading. Since then (2 weeks ago) he´s read half of the book of mormon and is nearing the end of the Book of Alma already! It´s pretty cool because in the middle of lessons he starts talking about how Alma and Amulek applied the same principle that we´re teaching, or something that he learned from Lehi´s vision of the tree of life. It´s awesome!
We´ve also got another investigator who has a baptismal date marked for this weekend. His name is B, and he´s great! When Elder T. and Elder S. started teaching him, he had a problem. Elder T. and Elder S. taught him about the Word of Wisdom and the power of the Atonement, but then lost contact with him as the rush of transfers took up the majority of their time and at the same time B. moved to another part of the area and lost his cell phone. We taught him again for the first time yesterday, and a miracle happened! He said that he prayed for strength to quick smoking, and then from one day to the next he lost any and all desire to smoke. It´s been three weeks now that he hasn´t smoked, and he´s excited about baptism! We didn´t even have to remind him, but he asked about it as soon as we got there. Not only that, he introduced us to another friend who was equally excited about baptism with whom we marked a baptismal date for the 7th of November. I´m really excited to continue sharing the light of the gospel with everyone here!
So that´s what´s going on! I love you all, and we´ll talk again next P-day!