Monday, May 25, 2015

25 May 2015

Thanks for writing! I don´t have anymore information about my travel plans, so that I will leave Manaus to Miami at 12:01am Tuesday June 30th and that I get home on American Airlines coming from Miami to Indy at 12:08 pm.  I get home the 30th at midday, that is confirmed.  That sounds like fun, painting the deck, what color are you all painting it, or are you staining it? Congrats on finishing up with the class! There is a new sprinkler park in Holland Park now? Thats cool.  When did they do that? That is a cool challenge that the Bishop put out, how to keep the Sabbath Day holy.  That´ll be a cool one to do.  Thats is an interesting one to teach investigators because for a lot of people it is very different than how they are used to living on the sabbath day.
  This week was normal.  Monday got Elder Fernandes from Manaus and got back here. We got invited to Family Home Evening that night and got to teach one of our investigators.  Tuesday was District Meeting so I got to give a training.  Went pretty well. Got to teach Joelle and Fabio again, they are doing pretty well, just having some problems getting to church.  The rest of the week was pretty normal missionary work.  Nothing too different.  Saturday we helped set up a primary activity in the chapel, ended up not being able to stay b/c we had an appointment and the activity was starting late. It was fun to see everything get set up though.  Sunday was church and we had an unexpected investigator show up.  I don´t know if you all remember me talking about andre, but he is an investigator we taught awhile ago when I was with Elder Sanderson and Saturday he stopped us in the road pretty quickly and Sunday he showed up to church.  That was really cool, and now he wants to come back with his wife next week.  We´re super excited for him.  Right now we are working with a lot of married couples who are needing to get married.  One is Rhain and Ellen, Rhain is already a member and the rest of his family as well, but he is living with Ellen who is not a member.  We are working to get everything together so that they can have a wedding in the chapel so that Ellen can be baptized.  They are both really cool and fun to be around. This week we got a reference from a family who is living in Manaus and they gave us a reference for their niece, Jessica, who lives in our area in Manacapuru,  We got to visit her and her sister.  They are both are pretty quiet and don´t talk much.  On our first visit we taught the Restoration to them and challenged them to read and pray to know if the Book of Mormon is true or not.  The next time we came back, Jessica´s sister Geovanna had already recieved her answer and committed to get baptized.  It was a really cool lesson. We are super excited for both of them! Right now we are organizing an activity to help the member more excited about missionary work called the Member Missionary Training Center (MMTC).  We will start the activity this coming week and it will be really cool!
 Thanks for the email. I miss you all!
Elder Battraw

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