Transfers, a “fat boy” Harley, and why missionaries need help

Ok, because it is going to be a question on everyone’s minds, I will talk about the transfer first.

Elder R. Cruz is being transferred to his house…. He finished his mission—with a total of 95 baptisms.

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Our zone

Elder Fagundes, my current companion, is being transferred to Parada Pinto (a ward that uses the same chapel as Cachoerinha, which is where I used to be). He will be the Zone Leader there.

I am going to stay here in Ariston with Elders Klingler and Oliveira. I am going to train a new missionary. I am also going to be the District Leader. I will not hear who I will train until he gets here. I don’t know yet if he is an American, a Brazilian, or what the heck. It is all a surprise.

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Me on a fat boy Harley—the same model the Terminator used.

This week: A few things happened this week. At the beginning of the week, I did a division with the Zone Leader, Elder Medina. He loves me. I think that he likes me because I worked a lot with Elder Hunt, and Elder Medina trained Elder Hunt. Anyway, I worked with Elder Medina in his area…. We marked two dates for people to get baptized, and at the stake conference on Sunday, I was happy to see that one of them followed through.

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We had a birthday party for Elder Teixeira, a missionary of the Carapicuiba branch, which is another branch that meets in our chapel. 

I don’t have very many fun teaching experiences to tell because, honestly, our baptisms all fell through this week. We even had one boy in the water and was seconds away from being baptized, but he had such a fear of water and was shaking that we had to take him out. So my baptizing streak ends at six weeks this time. I hope that we can help him be baptized next week.

We also had stake conference this week, and our bishop got to speak. Our bishop is one of the best bishops I have ever met. He was talking about (in his talk) about how it is the job of the ward to help keep active the people that the missionaries teach and baptize. He told a story of how one Sunday he noticed that one teenager didn’t show up. So he went to the teenager’s house and asked him why he wasn’t going to church that day—this was right before church started. The teenager said that he was tired and that he didn’t feel like going. The bishop said that he was tired too, and so he wasn’t going to go to church without this teenager. So the bishop lay down on the couch next to him and started talking about how everyone was going to know that the bishop didn’t go to church because of this teenager who didn’t go. After about 15 minutes, the teenager told the bishop to get up, and that he was going to church—because he wanted to.

I was joking with the bishop afterward if he would lay down with my investigators to get them to go to church. Hahaha!

It just goes to show that if the members, even the bishop, are willing to sacrifice their own experience at church, missionary work thrives beyond belief. That is why we are so successful here—because our ward is very willing to help and sacrifice their time to help us with our investigators’ needs. This ward feels like my family.

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We fit 6 missionaries in one member’s car that is about the size of the Spark.

I am excited to talk to my family again in real life/electronic screen soon! What a blessing!! Hahaha—love you guys!

Elder Burt

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