Dear Family and Friends,
For my last 6 weeks, I´ll be staying here in Terra Vermelha. I was happy to hear that, and its a bonus that the other two Americans will be staying here as well. It´s been a fantastic transfer, and we´re all excited for this one.
We did a service project this week helping staff a garage sale Brasilian style, in a mall to raise money for a baby who was born with some complications, and needing to go to the USA to have surgery. It was what I needed, to forget about whatever problems the zone is having, and help someone who is in a lot bigger fight.
Afterwards, I went to the post office and as we were waiting in line Elder Lighten´s nose started to bleed, so we left looking for a bathroom to clean the blood, and all of a sudden security was on to us, and we were quickly escorted into an elevator and into the medical center. It seemed like a movie. We spent the next twenty minutes there, receiving perhaps the best treatment I’ve ever seen. Note to all world travelers, if you are feeling bad, just go to the mall. It beats the doctor any day. This nosebleed put the standby doctors into defcon5 mode, and I was thoroughly impressed by their seriousness and care in treating Elder Lighten. It was honestly hilarious.
The other pair of missionaries, Elders Lighten and Dias baptized two people yesterday. One Vitor, whom we found in a park playing soccer. While I wasn’t the one teaching him everyday, its been incredible to see the change he has undergone. In Ezekiel 18:31, it reads “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit.”
Vitor did just that, cleaning up his life, and changing his heart. Yet it is not just for him. This is something we all need to do. We need to clean up our lives, take out the impurities, and have a new heart. Its not a one week process or even a one year process, but its a lifetime of work to become perfect.