This week passed by really quickly. Things have been going super well recently in our area here! Last week was general conference and it was the best conference that I've been to on the mission. President Fortunato gave a talk on Saturday night about hastening the work with members too. In the middle of the talk he called out a few random members and paired them up with missionaries. We then left for 10 minutes to contact everyone in the street and invite them to the conference the next day. It was seriously inspired to do that activity, because the next day a family of 5 showed up who Elder Bellini and the ward mission leader had invited the night before. I've never seen a member get so excited like this man...it was as if in that moment he realized, "Hey! Missionary work is awesome!"
We have been teaching a family recently who are really cool. Ailton and Silvania have two daughters and are really loving the gospel. They went to the conference and felt the spirit strongly. Last night we had our ward's Christmas dinner and before, we were giving the family a little tour of the chappel. We ended by showing them the baptismal font. He looked inside and just sat there thinking. After a few seconds he looked at us with a sad face and said, "I really want to be baptized Sunday, but I can't because I'm still addicted to cigarettes." We promised him that he would be stronger than the addiction through the gospel of Christ, and he decided in that moment to never smoke again! I really love this family.
Rafael, our recent convert, is also being a great missionary. He has been bringing a few friends and his family to church! Missionary work always goes so much smoother when the members really get involved.
I love you all,
PS What is your skype address and what time can we call you on christmas?! Have you sent a package to Leonardo Monteiro?