This last week was a good week. We actually had a lot of stuff to take care of in the office during the week so we didn´t get out into the field until Saturday. We were mostly preparing the leadership counsel that we had on Friday. The leadership counsel is a meeting that happens once a month for all of the zone leaders and sister leaders in the mission. We have a meeting about the most common problems that we are facing on the mission and then we give a training to the missionaries, and then President gives a training. Anyways after the leadership counsel on Friday we were able to go to our area and work on Saturday. We got there and neither one of us really knows the area. However the other companionship gave us a list of members that we could visit. On the list there were about 500 names. We looked at the list and called up 2 families, we set an appointment to visit the first Family at 6 o´clock and to visit the other Family at 7. The first Family was a pretty normal visit, nothing out of the ordinary. And then the second visit was awesome. First off we took forever to find the house. We looked and looked for about 20 minutes but couldn´t find the right address, finally we just sat down on the sidewalk and then out of no where the lady and her son walked up to us on the sidewalk and showed us where they lived! We went inside and met the lady´s husband who has been married to this member for 18 years but had never met the missionaries or been to church! So we taught him about the Book of Mormon and invited him for baptism and sure enough, he accepted! It was really awesome to have a teaching experience like that. We are really excited to go back next week and teach him again.
I also received sad news this week that a man that I taught and baptized in Vila Galvão passed away. His name is Vilela and he was the man that use to be in a special division of the police here in São Paulo. When Elder Heiner and I taught him he was already fighting with cancer. This week he passed away. It was a really sad thing because what he most wanted was to be sealed to his wife and children. He was going to hit the year of membership mark in April and was already doing the temple prep. class to be sealed. However I know that his desire to be sealed continues on the other side of the veil. If his wife is faithful here then she will be able to be sealed to him and their marriage can be eternal. God has a plan for each one of us and for people like Vilela who have the desire to be sealed but for some reason weren´t able to do so in this life, we can trust in the love, mercy, and grace of our Savior Jesus Christ. I feel confident that on the other side of the veil Vilela was greeted by members of the church, we don´t know exactly how it Works but maybe he was greeted by a Bishop, or home teachers, or the elders quorum president. We don´t really know how it works but I know that he will be taken care of and that he will have people on the other side who will work and help him to achieve his goal of being sealed to his family.
Other than that this week as pretty normal. Thanks to all of you for your thoughts, support and prayers!
Elder Caleb Anderson