Monday, March 30, 2015

Hey everybody! It's been quite a busy week. First of all, let me explain the situation of Corumbá as to date. For the past two weeks my companion and I have "technically" been working in the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission, but yesterday both President Reber and President Willard (from the other mission) met here in Corumbá to make the change official, so as of today, I am once again working in my own mission!!

 The Bolivian missionaries will be working one last week with us because their transfer is next week, and President Willard doesn't want to have to do an emergency transfer. The four missoinaries from Bolivia are helping us out a lot, and are working hard to have this transition go by as smoothly as possible. 
Other than the visit from the two Mission Presidents, this week has been pretty normal, but I'll get to the details in the group letter.

Yup, there's a mini Cristo Redentor here in Corumbá.

What to write...what to write...why is it so hard to remember things that happened in the past week? Anyway, here we go from the start. 

This week we stuck with the Bolivian Elders in Trio for only two days, and the rest of the week we decided to brave the city on our own. But, now that we've walked around a bit, We both feel pretty good about things. Now we have an idea of all those that the Missionaries have been teaching and following up on. 

To get to know the area even better, we did some good old-fashioned door knocking. There's simply no better way to get to know a lot of people than to talk to everyone. We met some neat families, but it looks like we're going to have to bring in the reinforcements (members) to get them to church. 

Another bummer is that our high-potential family took a big hit this week. The father of the family went to jail...which makes things a whole lot more complicated, but hey, it happens. I feel so bad for the kids in the family though. They've been through enough already. At least now they have some support from the Branch!

Clearly the biggest news of the week was the official turn-over of Corumbá from the Bolivian Santa Cruz Mission to the Brazil Cuiabá Mission. Both Mission Presidents came into town for our sacarament meeting on Sunday, and I was honored to meet Presidente e Hermana Willard, who have done an incredible job of helping this branch until now. Needless to say, Sunday was a powerhouse day, and we were thrilled to have a great turnout at church. We hope we can use this new surge of energy to get some excellent work done!

That's all for now!
Have a great week!
Elder Johnson

 1. streets of Corumbá
2. Recent Convert (and ex-pastor) 
3. with Pres.
4. Missão Brasil Cuiabá meets Missión Santa Cruz Bolivia.

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