This week we had quite a few developments here in the mission field that are very exciting and that I will now tell you all about.
First, we got a new mission president. His name is President Canuto. I know absolutely nothing about him, though on Thursday we have a meeting with him so I will know here shortly.
Second, some things come with getting a new president. Such as new rules and such. Before, in Missão Ribeirão Preto, we could not play basketball. We now can. We also could not drink cola-based sodas. Now we can. So I am now drinking an ice-cold Coca-Cola while I am writing this. Just because I can. I don't actually like the way Coke tastes.
Third, and possibly the most important, this transfer has been cut down from a normal 6-week transfer to a 4-week transfer. Since we are combining with the Campinas mission, we have to adopt some things from them, one of which being their transfers. I'm not sure why we couldn't use the transfers from Ribeirão Preto, but that's alright. So. That also means that I will be home 2 weeks earlier. I WILL BE HOME FOR THANKSGIVING. I'm not too excited, don't worry.
This week we had a cool thing happen with an investigator, too. We were running a little bit late for some appointments, and we had just finished teaching a less active member (who went to church this week! Woooo!!!) and the he offered cake. We kind of reluctantly accepted. Then left. We took this dirt road back to a part of our area where we had our next lesson, which would have taken us about 30 minutes to walk there. While on this dirt road, a taxi pulls up next to us and tells us to get in. So we do. He tells us that he saw a couple of missionaries in the bus station earlier that day, and for that reason he offered us a ride (which is an interesting story in and of itself. The missionaries that he saw were the staff and assistants from Ribeirão Preto that were passing through the city on the last couple of days that it was part of their mission, so they shouldn't have really even been there). So he cuts down the walking time by about 20 minutes. And as we're walking to that appointment, we pass in front of this girl's house that we had marked with for later that night. Her name is Brenda, by the way. She tells us that she's going to Sorocaba in like 30 minutes and asks if we just want to teach her right then (this was the first time we were able to teach her), so we say yes! So we teach her, it goes great, and she accepts the invitation to read and pray and all that good stuff. Then we go to the appointment that we had marked, which we were now an hour late to, and they aren't even home. So all these little things built up to where we were in the right place at the right time to be able to teach Brenda! It was definitely an opportunity for us to see the hand of the Lord in our work.
We'll ignore the fact that two days later we found out that Brenda lied to us and that I saw her in the center of the city two days later... It happens.
Well, that's the exciting stuff that happened this week! I hope you all have a great week! Love you all!
-Elder Hopper #1