Monday, February 18, 2013

Elder Steed is staying in Sobral

This week was a short email because of having just writen on Wednesday.   
So it looks like Connor gets to stay with his companion until his companion finishes his mission. His entire apartment is staying together which Connor is very excited for. They've all gotten very close and as Connor put it "have seriously had some of the funniest times together!" He was super super nervous for this transfer because he thought for sure he would get transferred and start training another missionary. He is very glad to stay because he knows the area, he knows his companion, he knows the members, and so now he can focus on really working (as he put it).

The greatest news was the baptism of C--- this past Saturday. He said it was amazing! He wrote, "It was seriously the most surreal feeling I can't describe. I said the ordinance perfectly and I only had to do it once. It was a super great experience for me!" This was the first time Connor has ever baptized anyone so it was an experience he will never forget. He tried to upload a photo, but was having problems - so maybe he will send it next week.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Carnaval, Wedding & Baptisms

We didn't get our traditional email from Connor this past Monday because it was Carnaval and all the internet houses they go to were closed. During Carnaval things get pretty crazy and so the missionaries have to be in their houses by 6 pm each night. Carnaval ran from Friday to Tuesday. He and his companion  hardly got any teaching done this past week because of the festivities.
They still had a super amazing wedding and baptism combo this past weekend of the 9th. Elder O and Connor had been working with the couple from the first week he got in Sobral, but Elder M and Elder A (the elders he's living with) got to baptize them because they taught them for the last half of the discussions. It was super amazing for Connor to see them get married and baptized one day after the other.

This coming week... Connor will have his first baptism! Her name is C and she's about 40 years old. Connor says that she is super super amazing and is definitely going to be a leader in the church. Connor wrote, "She's literally the most perfect investigator and future member and she'll be my first baptism. I'm super stoked!! I've been practicing the "wording" for the baptism like crazy this past week because I really don't want to mess up my first baptism hahaha."

D & C's wedding day. Hahaha this was seriously the weirdest picture ever
.... but they wanted to do it and it was their wedding haha. We got some looks from people ;)
D & C's baptism!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Street Contacts

Connor's first week in Sobral, he and his companion contacted a couple on the streets. They have been working with them since the end of November. At the beginning of the last transfer, they divided his area, so the other missionaries he was living with got the couple to teach. They decided to get married this Friday and then get baptized on Saturday. Connor said he was still counting them as a baptism for him because he and his companion along with the other companionship have been working with them for the last 2 months. 

Connor wrote:

"It's amazing to see the difference in their lives now. Both of them are definitely going to be leaders in the church and they pretty young with a little girl and little boy. Super super cool!!"

Connor's shoes are already falling apart after just 2 months of really using them. Yikes! He still has 20 months to go. We did send him with 2 pairs and so hopefully the others are holding up.