Dear everyone,It has been an absolutely crazy week so it is a good thing I have more time today than last week to write about it all! I´ll start with yesterday at about 3:00--Gabriela (23, Gildete´s daughter who was baptized 2 weeks ago) got baptized!! In ridiculously cold water, but baptized all the same :) It was a miracle the way things worked out. The plan was to have her baptized with her mom 2 weeks ago but after the interview it was clear she needed to work out a few things before she could be. To keep things simple, she basically needed to break things off with her boyfriend even though they´d already been together 5 years. I´ll confess Elder Miller and I were less than optimistic because she´d told us a couple of times she didn´t see that happening. When we called her Wednesday morning to follow up, her mom, GIldete, asked for us to come over and give her a blessing. We got there and Gabriela asked for one too. She told us the day before she had ended things with her boyfriend and was needing some help. But she also told us the fact that the relationship ended as quickly as it did was a clear sign to her that God wanted her to get baptized, and to get baptized this week. We gave her the blessing and marked another interview for her for Thursday. Elder Miller and I walked out of that house pumping fists and high-fiving and saying a lot of thank you prayers. She passed the interview with flying colors and agreed for Sunday at 3:00. We filled up the font right after church but the water heater had stopped working. This past week has been ridiculously rainy and in the low 50´s, so the water was freezing when we stuck our fingers in it. We ran home to get a huge cooking pot and started boiling water to toss in the font to try and warm things up, but it didn´t do much. We tried though. Gabriela was just fine about it and came out of the water shivering but smiling. Bunches. Elder Cox (one of our roommates), Elder Miller and I sang "Procuro arco-íris" ("I Like to Look for Rainbows") for her with Elder Cox on guitar. I think that was the first time I´ve ever sang in such a small group in front of so many people. But it was a really cool experience and there were a good amount of tears among the members there :) So that was our miracle of the week. I was so happy Elder Miller was able to spend his last Sunday baptizing. He deserves it.
Before I go though, best of luck to Sister Kirsten Shell!!! You´re about to learn one of the best languages there is spoken by one of the best countries and cultures. And you´re about to formally enlist in God´s army. Sucesso em tudo que fará e felicidade trabalhando na vinha do Senhor, alguns quilómetros ao meu lado. Parabéns! :)
Love you all,