Tuesday, March 12, 2013

March 11, 2013

Hello family and friends!

This week was a week much like how Drew described his last week. Rejection. And a lot of it. But that's alright - as Drew said, if you're not suffering, you're doing it wrong!

Basically every day this week we had another investigator tell us straight up that they didn't want us to teach them anymore. They didn't even beat around the bush as they normally do. They just told us flat out. Which is pretty disappointing. Plus, when we were at church on Sunday morning, we were waiting for our investigators to show up, right? Well, we waited. And waited. and waited. And waited a little bit more. And called them. And nobody answered. And we got pretty... desanimado. But then, at about 9:15 (church starts at 9), Renato got a call from Maria, one of our investigators! Turns out she was a little bit lost and couldn't find the chapel. So we had one person there. Then, while we were in the Gospel Principles class, another member checked in to see if his cousin was there, who is another investigator, but he wasn't. So he called him. And two more investigators showed up! Then at sacrament meeting, three more showed up! So we went from thinking that the whole week was a waste at the beginning of the three hour block, to having quite a good end of our week! It was great!

Other big news for the week:

I am now District Leader! 

I got a call from the Assistants yesterday afternoon, and they called and said that Elder Silva Santos (the current district leader) was being transferred to São João da Boa Vista as a Zone Leader. And that I would be the new District Leader here! Then I asked who would be taking his place. Remember Elder Henrique, my trainer? He's baaaaack! But he took Elder Silva Santos place in Parque Ribeirão and I am now his District Leader. Should be interesting.

Anyways, I think that's it for the week. No pictures this week, sorry guys. Maybe next week.

Oh, and go look at the chapel that they just built in Abu Dhabi! It's pretty sweet!

Love you all! Have a great week!

-Elder Hopper #1

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