DANILSON AND ZA ARE BAPTIZED!!! oh my goodness its been such a crazy week! but so incredibly worth it because on saturday they were both baptized and on sunday they were confirmed and it was the most happy and incredible weekend of life i could not be happier!!
okay lets start with danilson. first of all we've been spelling his name wrong this whole time because sister lima told us that it was spelled like daenielson which is jsut totatally and completely wrong and doesnt even make sense because no one spells their name like that. but for some reason we believed her and then danilson thought we were crazy when we showed him how we've been spelling it. we met with him a couple more times before saturday to teach him all of the commandments and holy cow he is the most solid and genius 11 year old i have ever met. we asked him how him book of mormon reading has been going and hes arlready in mosiah!!! i didnt break past 1 nephi at his age! elder carvalho came over after one of our lessons and gave him is baptism interview and he nailed it of course. he was so cute when he showed up on saturday. he was all dressed up in a suit and tie and looked SO proud. and oh my he brought so many people to come watch! his whole family that lives in this area came and it was such an amazing missionary opportunity for him. his mom isnt a member but is our investigator (aurizandra) and his dad is an inactive member who hasnt been in church for years. we told him earlier in the week that he should invite his dad and he was super bummed about it like "no... he wont come." BUT THEN HE DID!! and guess what else?? he even showed up to church on sunday to see him be confirmed!! it was soooo incredible he hasnt been in church for years!
aurizandra had a party at her house after with their whole family to congratulate him and she invited us over and we me the most legit guy. it was danilson's uncle and he's a chef at harvard and was telling us about how he cooks for the senate and president when they come and all this crazy stuff. we had a super cool talk with him and gave him a book of mormon and he told us he would read it and call us about what he thinks.
okay now za. it was a bit more of a stressful experience getting her to her baptism day. we went over on wednesday to talk with her and review some things and she started telling us that she didnt feel prepared enough to be baptized and she didnt feel like she had a strong enough testimony and just wanted to KNOW and have as strong of a confirmation as everyone else seemed to. it looked for a little while like she might postpone her baptism and it broke out hearts. so we left after talking to her for a long time about it and went home and just prayed to know what to do. and we both felt super strongly like Za was ready and that saturday was her time to be baptized. we found this talk about how we dont need to KNOW, only to BELIEVE. and that we cant focus on our doubts, but that we need to built our testimonies on the faith that we do have. so we went back that same day and read through this talk together and it was amazing. her heart changed and she decided that she was ready! so that very night we had her interview and elder carvalho said that she was more than prepared. we were really worried about her the rest of teh week though cause we could tell that the adversary was working hard against her. (because she's so awesome). and then on saturday after she was baptized she got up and shared her testimony and it blew us away. she KNOWS. it was absolutely incredible and we and SO HAPPY FOR HER. her two little girls Eliana and Dalia are also the cutest people you will ever meet and it was sooooo cool for them to see their mom get baptized. they love coming to church with her and are having so much fun in primary.
so we've started a youth book of mormon class at the miller's house every other sunday! yesterday was the first one and it was AWESOME! we were worried that no one would come but their house ended up packed with most of the youth in the branch and the millers lead a discussion about the book of mormon. it was so cool to see all the youth together like that. the millers are the best. they treat us like their own chilren and having senior couples is the best. sister miller always feeds us healthy food and makes us these weird healthy tea things that we call her potions.
okay im out of time!! love you all!! church is true. have a good week!!