Monday, September 21, 2015

Dreams, Miracles and... It's the Final Count Down! (de de de dee...)

                  Here we are when Elder Halverson came for the exchange in 
"Soccer Team" pose

Well we are coming up to the last week of the transfer and the last week of Elder Navas. I have never bought so much pizza and stuff than in his efforts to make these last weeks of his mission "da hora"
Elder Navas loves pizza, who are we to disagree?!?
(cool or fun, etc) As the time comes he gets thinking a lot so to take his mind off of everything last P-day we played badminton with a volley-ball net , rackets and birdy that we found cleaning out the house when President and Sister Parrela came. Haha it was quite fun and did a great job of distracting Elder Navas especially with his 12 game winning streak. And there's nothing that can really change the fact that if your companion is going home you just can't help but think about how it's gonna be when your time comes too. Especially when it's close, this week makes 1 year and 8 months on the mission. It makes me feel a bit old sometimes, but then I look over at Elder Navas... and I realize haha I'm not that old hahaha. 

                                                       Epic Indoor Badminton Tournament

Here's a super cool experience that happened this week. We had our exchange with the AP, assistant to the president, Elder Halverson who I lived with back in Cruz Alta almost a year ago. In our first visit of the day we went to teach Irmã (Sister) Edelci, the mother of Ana Paula, the young woman who was baptized last month. We have been preparing Edelci to be baptized this last weekend of the month and we brought her baptismal sheet (record? not sure how you call it in English...) to fill out and make everything official for the 26th. When we got to her house the moment we sat down she said to us "I had a dream!" She had already shared with us some other dreams that she has had in the past so I was getting ready for some crazy story but she looked straight at Elder Navas and continued, "I dreamed that you baptized me." And we all just looked at each other wide eyed, BAH! (gaúcho slang: wow!) The spirit was super strong and Elder Navas said to her "Irmã Edelci you have no idea how much this means to me." And really this has made a huge difference for him especially to help him here in the final stretch. 

So yea that was awesome, I'm hanging in there and we'll see what happens with the transfers this week, for sure I'll have a new companion haha. We will have our Zone conference (Meeting with Presidente and half the mission) next week which means the first week of the transfer so Presidente has to do things a bit faster to give everyone time to prepare so instead of Friday, the transfer will probably come out on Wednesday, we'll see, no worries on my part :)

Love you all and have a great week!

Elder Pierce
                                                                           the district
this is our apartment building in the "center" or downtown

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