which is the phrase that I have heard the most this past month, from Adão Ferreira Batista, whose dreams came true this Sunday, as he was baptized!!!!!!
These past three months have been a roller coaster of emotions and situations and conversations and everything with Adão, as he, with Rose (his ex-girlfriend and mother of 2 of his children) were my first official lesson here in the mission. So, I have known Adao for more than 3 months! And I have seen the Lord work miracles in his disposition, and his life (much more than I know or can recognize).
Although I have had so many feelings about this situation, after he passed his interview on Friday, I was filled with SO MUCH JOY! Elder Wyatt, our zone leader, who did the interview, said that he was SUPER-prepared. He loves the Lord so much, and through keeping the commandments, has been able to let the lord bless his life so much, and let him feel of the love that Heavenly Father has for him. This was an answer to prayers, feeling so good for him and knowing that he is making the right choice. And that he is working to let go of all his anger towards Rose, and whatever else. Seriously, this week with him has been awesome.
And he said that he felt SO GOOD, so light and clean after the baptism. And he said that receiving the gift of the holy ghost on Sunday felt like being baptized again, like he could feel the water above his head. But really what he was feeling was the gift of the holy ghost, baptism by fire! Now, we will keep working with him as a Recent Convert, helping him to continue following the Savior and receiving the blessings of the gospel. He even brought his nonmember friends to the baptism, and his his neighbors, who we are teaching now!
In other things of this week, this week our bedroom is without light or fan because it broke so it is hanging from the ceiling (it just happened), Thanksgiving and black Friday were incredibly-not-like-thanksgiving-and-black-Friday, (but were still awesome). I had another AWESOME division with Sister Dobson, I HAVE BEEN DREAMING AND SLEEP TALKING IN PORTUGUESE! (3 times already of sleep talking which is funny and a HUGE blessing. Also, I guess every night I sit up and open the dresser with all my clothes and close it again and go to sleep (all while I am sleeping ), just to give you something funny to laugh at, ha ha!!
I love the mission, and how the Lord is blessing me here. And I love all of you!
Enjoy the cold (which I am missing) and be happy!
Baptism of Adao