Well first I want to apologize because my letters have really kind of stunk lately! I always think I have enough time at the end of emailing and then all of a sudden it totally disappears!
But anyways this week was way awesome! The elders from Beltrão got their first baptism there this week so they came to Pato Branco for the baptism because we have a church! You could tell that the lady that got baptized could totally see the immediate change that had taken place in her life. Its so cool being able to see people have that experience out here!
So things the Pato Branco are actually going great! We have a ton of people that are really interested in the gospel and almost every single one of them has a member that is a friend and everything is going great!
Right now we have 2 baptisms marked for the 31 of january and I'm praying that everything goes well with them. We have Jessica who is 18 and we found her in a restaurant because Elder Hess and i had to go to the bathroom and elder hess started talking to her about the church and so she said we could come by one day and visit. So Elder Rhoton and I went by and she was totally interested and had a ton of questions about the church and she believes its true and wants to be baptized! She has a hardcore baptist friend who went to church with missionaries once and then ripped up a book of mormon though so thats her biggest obstacle right now but i trust that if we are working our hardest to help her feel the spirit then the Lord will take care of the rest.
We also have André who is 19 and has been coming to church since he was about 11 years old because he is friends with the youth here and was dating one for a really long time. The other week his girlfriend got up in testimony and said she has been praying and knew that she needed to serve a mission! it was awesome! The day before she went to the boyfriend and said I'm going on a mission and you can choose to get baptized or not but I'm staying in the church. The next week he came to church alone haha but Elder Hess and I had tried to meet with him and he never wanted to until now so now we just have to make sure he gets baptized for the right reasons!
We also have an awesome young couple in our ward who invited another young couple to hear the lessons and the wife it turns out was going to church until she was 10 years old with her mom but they never got baptized and she wants to get baptized now! It was totally awesome seeing how prepared she was and that she has two awesome members who she talks with about the church all the time. Their names are fabiani and allison. (guys name here) They arent married so they have to get married first which takes a month to two here but theyre on the right track for sure! We also have another couple Daniel and Camilla who arent married and Daniel is a member but Camilla isnt but totally wants to be baptized! So they're doing all their marriage papers as well and I'm super excited for them!
They live in another city 40 minutes away so we drive out there with a member once a week out into the awesome farmland here and I can honestly say I'm starting to really fall in love with Brasil! It is absolutely gorgeous out in the middle of what they call the "interior". There was a lighting storm that night while we were out and the sun was just going down and the road is above these beautiful rolling hills and the view was absolutely ridiculous! I cant even describe it but Brasil is gorgeous!!!
But anyway it rains every day here and I'm still not sick of it so i guess we'll see what happens after two years haha but I love my mission and I love this gospel! It is true and missions are the best!