How are all of you? Isn´t it such a wonderful time of year? I can´t believe that it is already December! And today is actually a pretty significant day. It´s December 5th. Do you all know what that means? That means that the six month countdown begins... today! That means that between now and June 5th I have a lot to do! There are so many people that I need to find and help follow Jesus Christ. I can´t waste these last six months!
Well this week was pretty normal. We have been working with Vitor and he was going to get baptized but once again something crazy happened. Early Saturday morning his grandma (who to be fair didn´t know about the baptism) showed up at their house and snuck him out of the house and took him to the other side of the city to spend the day with him. In the morning everyone was like, "Where´s Vitor?" His grandma doesn´t have a phone so their was no way of getting in contact with them to tell them to come back. We talked to him last night finally and marked for this Saturday. Third time´s the charm (I hope). At least he finally realized that all this stuff that keeps happening because, as he put it, "the enemy down there doesn´t want him to be baptized."
Artur continues excited to be baptized. We´ve been trying to work with him mom but it´s become really clear that she isn´t interested so we´re going to move forward without her for now. The last time we visited him he said, "Guys, it´s obvious my mom isn´t interested! Just baptize me already! I don´t know what we´re waiting for!" So that what we are going to do.
We are having some trouble with Marlene and Pedro. They are marked for baptism on Christmas Eve but she is not stopping to drink. It´s really interesting because her ex husband was a huge alcoholic when we started teaching them and now he is completely sober. He is showing a lot of interest. The last time we went there it was just him and when we asked him where Marlene was he said she was at the bar. We went up to see if it was true and we saw her in the front drinking and when she saw us coming she ran away. Not a strange thing to happen on the mission.
We are still making baby steps with Antonio, Zenita, Carol, and Joyce. This week we passed by there and Zenita told us that she received a really clear answer that they all need to be baptized. One night she was really tired but decided to read. While she was reading she lost her sleepiness and sat their thinking then she remembered a dream she had when she was a little girl. In the dream she was being attacked by some men in black and then a man in white appeared and saved her then smiled at her. She said she never understood the dream but that night that she stayed up thinking she realized that the man in white in her dream was Elder Taggart aka Me! Last night we visited the whole family with the Bishop and it was an awesome lesson. They need to get married and Antonio doesn´t have time until after Christmas to get things put together so they will be a January baptism.
As for the rest we are just looking for new people to teach and getting things ready for Christmas. We are making December a mega month in our zone of activities and plans so that we can end the year right. That´s all. Love you!
Elder MacLane Taggart