This week was a good last week of the transfers. We will get a phone call tonight from the Zone Leaders telling us if one of us is leaving the area so its possible that today might be my last day with Elder Bangerter. We finished off this week with a baptism yesterday of Rafael (19 years old). He is the cousin of a youth in our ward and we met him at a church activity with his cousin. At first he had some problems with smoking but he was able to overcome his smoking addiction and be baptized yesterday. It was a great baptism, he´s made a lot of mistakes in the past but he was very excited to be baptized and have the chance to start all over and do better this time. Another highlight of the week was a family night that we had at a members house on Friday. We had a family night with an active member family in our ward, two inactive members of the ward, and our investigator named Iago who we have been working with for a long time. Iago received a really strong answer about two months ago that the church was true and that he needed to be baptized. However he has never felt that he is ready for baptism. At the family night we read the story of Christ´s birth in Luke 2 and then we watched the video ´´Finding Faith in Christ´´ about the life of Jesus Christ and the miracles that he performed. Afterwards we bore our testimonies about our Savior Jesus Christ. The Spirit was ver strong and the two inactive members committed to go to church on Sunday and Iago committed to do the baptismal interview. Iago took the interview yesterday and passed so he will be baptized this week. It was a really great family night and really significant for us because we have been working with Iago ever since I got to this area 3 months ago.
Do they have Christmas in Brazil/ What is it like? Yes they definitely have Christmas here but it is not quite the same thing as in the United States. Most families don´t do Christmas trees although some families have the tiny plastic ones. I haven´t seen too many Christmas lights or decorations although every once in a while a house will have them. I don´t know what it´s going to be like on Christmas day but I except all the stores will shut down and everything. I can´t wait for Christmas!! We will have a mission Christmas celebration on the 19th. The whole mission will spend the P-day together and President has different activities planned out. Should be really fun.
That´s about all that I have for this week! Thanks a lot for your emails, letters, and packages!
Elder Caleb Anderson
We got an email a little later saying that neither Caleb nor Elder Bangerter got transferred, so they will be together for a few more weeks at least!