Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Elder Joshua Bracken!!

Dear Family,

Thanks so much for your letters, emails, and support. This week was awesome! This week I received my ´´greenie´´ Elder Bracken. He is from El Paso, Texas!! What are the chances that I would receive a Texan? Anyways he is 19 and from El Paso. Before the mission he went to college at BYU Idaho. He cae straight to the CTM here in São Paulo and stayed there for only 6 weeks before arriving in the field on Tuesday. He is really excited to work and I am really excited to train. This week we worked super hard. This week past week before Elder Bracken got here Elder Ciríaco and I had the baptism of Nivea and Tony. Nivea is a woman who we found who´s mom has been a member of the Church for years but she never wanted to join. However we found her and began teaching her and she accepted everything easily. She quit drinking coffee and on Sunday was baptized. Also Tony was baptized on Monday. He was recently married to his wife Juliana who is a member of the church. Anyways the sister missionaries found him in another area and referred him to us. He was an excellent investigator and before he was even baptized he was asking when he could go into the temple to be sealed to his wife!! They were both confirmed yesterday and Tony will receive the Priesthood this week. This week was awesome! I just rememberred that I forgot to write about a funny story that happened a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago I was on a division with another missionary named Elder Soares de Souza in my area. Anyways we were walking on the street and we passed a small church. We looked into the church and saw the pastor of the church kneeling on the floor banging on a chair!! I have no clue what the purpose of that was but he looked up all of a sudden and saw us and started yelling and pointing at us!! At this point the whole congregation turned around and started looking at us. We quickened our pace but the pastor jumped up off the floor and started running towards the door pointing at us. We started walking even faster. The paster threw the door open and ran outside yelling at us ´´Get back here!!´´. We took off and never looked back!! It was kind of strange when it happened but now it´s just a super funny story that I think of often.

Love you all!

-Elder Caleb Anderson

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