Monday, February 27, 2017

Week Eighty Five - Pictures

Carnaval started this week. So theres been a lot of block parties and things like that. I did some divisions and stuff this week and took a bunch of pictures. Spent some time looking for a new house for some elders in another area close by and took some pictures close to the beach. 
(Beach pictures were taken while on a division in Trapeche)
 (Maceio in the distance)



Monday, February 20, 2017

Week Eighty Four - More Baptisms in Prado

So we had another great week. We worked a lot and had a lot of great experiences. We also had a baptism on Saturday. 
I went on a division this week but I forgot to bring my camera. 
I'm really sorry this is so short, but I'll try and make up for it with more with pictures. 
Elder Batten


Monday, February 13, 2017

Week Eighty Three - Off to a Good Start in Prado

So I love my new area, also I'm in a trio. Me and Elder Piagentini (his trainee) and also Elder Andrade, the other zone leader. So I'm not alone as a zone leader, I'm still training and my other companion is the other zone leader. Our zone had 8 areas but now it only has 7. A missionary went home this week and they had to shut the area. But this mission has like 5 trios so I don't know why they don't open some of the areas. But it's kind of a difficult zone, areas that are broken, some wards with a frequency of 40 50 60.  So it's a little difficult. Our area is great but it underwent some re divisions to help out the ward closer and lost some members. Christofferson is coming in March. It sounds like they are going to erase all of the lines and redo everything. It really does need it. They need to undo some wards and maybe even a stake or two.

The area wasn't closed. They just switched the missionaries who were there. So we had to re learn the area. But we baptized 5 people this week and we have baptisms for this next week as well. We got off to a good start. We spent the week getting to know the members and this area. Luckily Andrade had served in the neighboring area at the start of his mission and already did tons of divisions in Prado.

And yes, we heard the broadcast. The broadcast said we could wake up at 7:30 and go to bed later. But our mission will continue waking up at 6:30 and returning at 9. The sun rises early and sets early here so it doesn't make sense to wake up later. It gets dark at 5:30/6 here and at night some areas can be dangerous, but we can do companionship study whenever we want to.

Also I did a division this week in the Barra de Sao Miguel. soooo sick, look it up on google!

Elder Batten

Monday, February 6, 2017

Week Eight Two - Transferred

I hope that story last week didn't scare anyone, I just thought it would be interesting to share.. 

So I got transferred.... I'm going to Prado which is an area really close to the beach (just great to help with the trunkyness! just kidding)  I'm kind of disappointed but it could be good for me. I'm mostly disappointed because we have a couple Laise and Vageanio who have a baptismal date for this week. I've worked my entire mission with the goal in mind to baptize a complete family. And finally when I had it... I'm going to be transfered. It's not that I'm not happy with the baptisms that I've had... but I don't feel satisfied until I baptize a family. I'm still determined. I know I found an entire family in Rio Largo that was baptized but I wasn't there to see it. I got transferred before. 
But I've always liked opening areas. It always brings new experiences. Also I may be zone leader alone which will be interesting. 
Sorry time is short today, hope you have a great week!
Elder Batten