Whoo-hoo!! Sister Almeida and I are still companions. :) And we are going to stay here in Santarém! I'm pretty excited about it, especially since this past transfer was so difficult for me. You can't leave an area until you really love it. I know that I still have some important things to learn here.
This week was wonderful! I finally saw the Lord helping and guiding us. We had quite a few people give referrals this week (HUGE STEP OF PROGRESS), and because of this we were able to find eight new investigators!! Whoo-hoo!!
With these new investigators, we had some very tender experiences. One was with a woman named Maria and her granddaughter, Jarleane, who's 16 years old. Maria told us her story... that she had four children, but all of them, and her husband, passed away in the past few years. Jarleane's mom committed suicide. And now Maria cares for all of her grandchildren. My heart broke hearing her story. Sometimes it's really difficult to be a missionary--you see so many broken lives. But it was so powerful to teach about the great plan of happiness that God has for all of His children--to testify that Maria and Jarleane would be able to see their loved ones again, that they would have an opportunity to accept the gospel as well, and that families can be together forever. I really love this gospel.
We also started teaching the family of Lázaro and Francisca. They have six children and are amazing! Lázaro already had all the right questions. He has already gone to many different churches, but he felt like none of them were completely right. After we taught the Restoration, he said (with a lot of conviction), that if God touches his heart that this is the right path, he will certainly follow it for the rest of his life.
Unfortunately, Edmílson is going to Belém for two weeks, so we won't be able to teach him for a while, but he is still the cutest old man ever. Teaching him was probably the most fun thing of the week. :)
If you think of it, please say a prayer for Samuel, the young man that was baptized last month. He's been in the hospital all week with stomach pains, but they still don't know what's the matter.
I love you all so much! I know that when we put our trust in God, He really does help us along the way. :)