A common saying here is "I make plans but then God makes others" and in some ways I think that's very insightful, but I'll get more to that in a bit.
|38 degrees C = 100 degrees F = Freaking hot |
on the bus on the way back from District Meeting
Anyway like Mom was telling me this month really is March Madness but not because of basketball, haha. Last week went by I think the fastest any week has gone by in my entire mission. And this week looks to be even faster. As the title of the message God has his plans for us here in São Pedro and plans for our investigators too, we just need to do our best to carry them out. 4 of our investigators are ready for baptism this Saturday! Dion & Fran, Frederico, and Kelvin. The others are still on their way but will need a bit more time. So now we are in the count down for Saturday getting everything ready. Today we are getting all the details done: finishing up paper work, getting people on the list for the bus to Santa Maria, and planning with the bishop of the chapel where the baptism will happen for the timing of the baptism and everything. (back story for going to Santa Maria for the baptism: At the new chapel here in São Pedro the only water pipes to fill the baptismal pool (yea it's a pool thing) are outside of the house and everyone in the street walking by can see and it is getting cold and so yea)
Tomorrow as always we have District Meeting and we'll have to go to Santa Maria. Wednesday and Thursday, review teaching and baptismal interview questions with everyone to make sure they're ready. Friday is a mess, our District leader will be coming in to do the baptismal interviews and we have Dion & Fran's wedding! They've already given us the invitation, the picture they used was the first picture they took after the first totally happy day that they had together so that was really meaningful for them and it just makes me happy too :) the gospel changes lives.
Saturday we go to Santa Maria again for the baptism and Sunday will be the confirmations. The Lord's work is moving forward. It's been quite miraculous to see how God's plans unfold for every one. Not always is it what we expect or when we expect it, but it always is right in the end.