Back to São Paulo: You gotta look for them until you find them. They are waiting.

Two weeks ago I was transferred from Arvore Grande and moved back to the capitol city, São Paulo, in the Guapira area.  Since I am very close to the mission office, I can get letters pretty fast now. Guapira is mostly favela; it’s basically like Cachoerinha—very similar.

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“My bar. Hahaha”

In the house with me lives Elders Diniz, A. Souza, and Paixão. I am here finishing the training of Elder Paixão, and I am also the district leader again. Elder Paixão is pretty awesome. He’s here and he loves to teach and he loves to baptize, and that’s why we’re here, so if he loves to baptize, then that’s cool. Let’s go work!

Here in Guapira, we’ve already baptized three people. We are going to baptize a lot here. We’re going to work and we’re going to go, go, go.

And so what happened this week—it was awesome. We had lots of adventures. We were working like normal on Wednesday and we were getting ready to go to sleep that night when Elder Diniz hit his head on the wall.  This is interesting: Mom, you said that you were worried for no reason at all, which is a little bit strange. And also Elder Diniz’s mom was very worried. She didn’t know why, but on two days this past week, Wednesday and Saturday, one of Elder Diniz’s brothers at home started to cry for no reason at all—just started to cry, and so his mom was very worried.

But I will explain why you guys were all feeling worried. What happened was when Elder Diniz fell and hit his head on the wall, he was good; he was laughing because he had fallen, and we were all laughing with him. We all went to bed, and then a few minutes later he told us, “Ah guys, I’m not feeling so good.” He got out of bed, he was sitting down, and then he started to feel dizzy. I went and got him a tylenol. I gave him that and he said, “Oh man, I am really not feeling well,” so we took him to the sofa and Elder Paixão sat with him. And then I and A. souza went to sleep.

Fifteen minutes later, we heard, “Elder, elder, elder!” Elder Paixão had helped him to go to the bathroom, and he had gone back to the sofa and then went unconscious. When he lost consciousness, he almost fell on the floor, but Paixão caught him. That’s when we called the Bishop to take us to the hospital. We all went to the hospital and basically spent the night there since they take forever getting to your “number” in line.

They got a tomographia—a CT scan of his head—while we sat there waiting until 6:00 in the morning, which is about when I fell asleep, and then they finished and let him go around 7:00. We went back to our house and got about two hours of sleep, and then it was time to get up and study again. We went to lunch, and we worked that whole day. Elder Diniz had a horrible headache all day, but the doctor just said to stay in the house one day and then he could return to work. He seemed fine after that.

Saturday it all started again. I went on a division with Elder Diniz so I could do interviews with some of his investigators, and everything was good. He was feeling awesome. He only had a little bit of a headache the whole day—until we were about 50 meters from the house. He started to feel dizzy; the headache increased a ton. He said, “Elder, elder, I’m not feeling good. My head’s hurting a lot.”

And so I got him on my shoulder and we started walking slowly back to the house, and when we entered the door, he went unconscious again. Man, people are very heavy, I’m just going to say. So I lifted him up—he was still unconscious—and I put him on the couch. We tried to wake him up for a while, and when he finally woke up he started crying. We called a bunch of people. We talked to all of our neighbors, and no one wanted to help us take him to the hospital. Some even made fun of us. Eventually we found a house on our street that has a taxi. We told the driver, “Whatever you need us to pay you we will pay, so take us to the hospital.” I lifted up Elder Diniz and we started towards the hospital.

The taxi driver took the longest route possible to the hospital to get the most money possible out of us. And Elder Diniz lost consciousness six times in the car. He would say, “Aaah, my head hurts!” and he would go limp. So this time at the hospital we got our number, and we talked to the doctor so we could get him in the room sooner. They gave him some powerful medicine, and basically told him he needs to stay calm for two days. He didn’t go anywhere Sunday, but we brought him the sacrament. He’s got a little bit of a headache, but he’s doing better.

Sunday three people were baptized. We have been working with two people, ages 10 and 12. We baptized them after church, and then we went out looking for another baptism that same day (because all of Elder Diniz’s baptisms for that day had cancelled because he was sick and had to stay in the house and couldn’t work).

Standing by David is Elder Linford, who was David's companion in the Provo Missionary Training Center last October. Now they are serving in Brazil in the same zone.

Standing by David is Elder Linford, who was David’s companion in the Provo Missionary Training Center last October. Now they are serving in Brazil in the same zone.

So we left that day after lunch looking for a person to baptize that day. And we found one. We found a kid who really wanted to be baptized (he had been taught by other missionaries previously but then hadn’t been baptized), and then we found his parents to get their permission signature and then the kid—he disappeared. We couldn’t find him. And so we said to the parents, “If we find your son, can we baptize him?” They said, “Yeah, if you find him in the street, just take him to the church and you guys can baptize him.” Awesome. Perfect.

This group of kids, about 8-12 years old (we recruited to help us find their friend), split up around the neighborhood looking for this kid to be baptized. It was about 7:30 pm by then. Eventually we found him. We brought him to his house so he could change his clothes. We called a member to come with us and we took him to the church; then we had a little baptism meeting, and he was baptized. It was a miracle that we could do that. That was our adventure for this week.

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If you really have the faith to look for baptisms and do the work to find them, really you will find them. You will find the people who are waiting. I haven’t forgotten about Doctrine & Covenants 123 verse 12. People don’t know where to find the truth. They don’t find the truth because they don’t know where to find it. So really you gotta look for them until you find them. They are waiting. 

That was our week, and it’s been a crazy one. But we are all good here—you don’t need to worry anymore. You felt that worrying spirit because really we were all quite worried about Elder Diniz. But he’s good now. He is getting better.

I love you guys. I hope you have a wonderful week. Tchao!

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