Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Temple Trip and Leadership Council

Dear Family,

This week was a super busy week but it was really good.  Yesterday we had the baptism of a lady named Vera.  She has known the church for 20 years!  Her husband has been a faithful member of the church for many years and is currently on of the leaders of the High Priest Group.  It was a lot of work from a lot of people to help here get baptized.  Yesterday she was baptized and her husband was extremely happy.  I think he barely believed what was happening!  It was a really great baptism.   On Tuesday we all woke up around 4 to take the van that we rented to the temple in Campinas.  It was really awesome.  It was nice to be able to enter into the temple again.  The Campinas temple is really big and really beautiful, especially the view outside the temple is awesome.  It is much bigger than São Paulo or San Antonio.  So we went to the 9 o´clock session, ate at the cafeteria, took some pictures, and then took the van back to Taubaté.  It was a great trip but we got back a little bit late on Tuesday.  Then we worked hard on Wednesday and the first half of Thursday.  On Thursday night my companion and I went to São Paulo and slept in the missionaries house close to the mission office.  Then on Friday we participated in the leadership counsel.  This leadership counsel was interesting because President Ferrin gave us new baptismal rules.  The rules in the past have been that a person needed to watch 2 sacrament meetings before they could be baptized.  Now the rule is that they need to watch at least 3 and that kids under the age of 16 who don´t have family in the church need to go to church for 3 months before the can be baptized!  I think this will help the mission to baptize more people who really have the desire to stay firm and strengthen the church.  However you would be suprised at how hard it was for some of the missionaries to accept these new rules.  However I think it will help the mission.  That´s the biggest news that I have for this week!
Love you all,

-Elder Anderson

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