This week was crazy! We were all super busy here in the office because we had the transfer meeting on Tuesday, and then on Thursday we had a mission conference with Elder Claudio M. Costa who is in the first quorum of the seventy and is the President of the Area Brazil. Tuesday was the transfer meeting and Elder Caetano and I were in charge of organizing everything and making sure that everything went smoothly. We got everything planned out and our transfer meeting on Tuesday was definitely the smoothest transfer that we have had ever since I got on the mission. On Tuesday all of the missionaries were called here to the office to recieve their new companions and go to their new areas. On Tuesday I received my new companion, his name is Elder Pinheiro. He is from Natal which is a city in northern Brazil. He is super cool and we are already really good friends. We got the transfer meeting down and Tuesday morning and then on Tuesday night there was a testimony meeting with President Ferrin and all of the missionaries that are going home. It was a really spiritual experience and was really awesome to hear the testimonies of these missionaries that had served faithful missionaries and were returning home with honor. The spirit was very strong in the meeting as they shared what they had learned on their missions and how they had grown.
Then on Wednesday my companion and I worked like crazy planning the mission conference the next day with Elder Costa. We spent a lot of the day planning and setting stuff up at the stake center. We were told that everything had to be extremely organized and that there needed to be military discipline haha. So we got everything planned out. We were up until 4:30 that morning preparing things! Then we woke up at 6 o´clock and headed over ot the stake center. We showed up and Elder Costa was already there waiting for us, he had arrived 2 hours early! He said it was because he was worried about the traffic but I actually think that it was to see how early we would get there and how prepared we would be haha. But anyways we got everything ready and at 9 o´clock we started the meeting with the zone leaders, district leaders, and sister leaders. He talked about a lot of different principles of leadership. Then at 10 o´clock the conference started with the whole mission. At 12 we had a lunch break, and at 1 the conference started up again. Then around 3 o´clock the conference ended and all of the zones took a picture with President Costa. Afterwards he interviewed 10 missionaries. The conference was really excellent and I am really glad that its over!
Then on Friday Elder Costa came here to the mission office in the morning and had a meeting with my companion and I, the secretaries, and President and Sister Ferrin. He talked about some ways to streamline our work in the office so that we can get out more and start working in the field. He stressed the importance of us assistants working as much as possible in the field. I was honestly really glad that he said that because now we will be able to get out more which I have been wanting to do for a while. After the meeting he had a personal interview with me, my companion, and the two secretaries. It was really cool. We talked a lot about the mission and about the importance of giving good ideas. After that on Saturday we went to our area and worked there on Saturday and Sunday.
Overall it was a really busy but great week! Thank you all so much for your support and prayers.
Love you all,
Elder Caleb Anderson