Well we worked our tails off this week to prepare for our area to split, and hopefully will see the fruits very soon.
Transfer occurred today and I am sticking with Elder Bourne for another transfer, but we now only have Matola A. Matola C has been given to Elder Jarvis and Thomas. This means we now have eight Elders in the house, which will be interesting, but we are ready to tackle this change head-on. Elder Bourne and I are super excited to be able to work in more of our area, and really build the branch for the future.
For Easter, we got to watch General Conference Saturday and Sunday. Conference can be difficult to focus on for four straight hours, but in Portuguese the difficulty is multiplied. Yet I still got the gist of most of the talks, and our investigators loved to hear the messages. Otherwise I celebrated Easter by working, and eating more chocolate than usual. The Cadbury bars here are incredible!
We starting teaching several new investigators this week, but one youth, Eduardo, stood out in particular. He has been going to Church for over a year now and also been frequenting seminary. We teach him the first lesson about Prophets, Christ, Restoration, the Book of Mormon, etc. and he already knows all of it and has a strong testimony of everything. It is basically a perfect lesson and then we ask if he has any questions. He replies, yes, “I have a doubt about the Book of Mormon.” My heart drops, I thought he was so ready to keep progressing. Well he tells us…”I don’t quite understand the difference between the Small and Large Plates of Nephi.” I almost burst out laughing out of relief, Elder Bourne said it was the first time an investigator has ever asked that question to him. He proceeds to bring out a notebook filled with deep questions for us, and we proceed to answers them one by one. I am excited for his baptism on the 17th of May.
Speaking of baptisms, we have been preparing two couples to be baptized as well on the 17th of May. It will be a busy day. I saw many tender mercies of the Lord this week. Other highlights included a split with Elder Keck, a free pizza from Elder Abel on Tuesday, and of course, transfers.