I'm going to make this quick since the week wasn't too interesting. Once again, it was a bit of a money disaster with some last minute needs for the Tefé group (those who went to the temple last week). Nonetheless, all went as planned for the baptism of Marivane. She is a 17 year old native Indian from Tefé (which is located in the middle of the jungle). Elder Seastrand and I met her in a member's home and felt inspired to teach her the discussions. She has a few sisters, nephews, and nieces who are already members and we are now trying to teach her sister, Ana Glaucia. We passed the reference for the rest of the family to the elders in Tefé (her family lives on an island that is only possible to reach by means of canoe or small motorboat).
The ward isn't helping out as much as we would like, which should make it clearer to them why it has so few members. However, a missionary from the ward arrived home yesterday after completing two years in Rio de Janeiro, so it looks like we will have a good force to keep the missionary work rolling at a decent pace.
We made quite a few trips to the port and the center during the week. For the first time, I actually saw people swimming in the brown water of the Rio Negro to try to clean themselves. I'm pretty sure the water in the port will only make them filthier.
This also happened to be the week that São Paulo got all the Financial Secretaries together on a program called Webex to have a conference and go over new topics. The main purpose of the conference was how to make deposits into the mission account using the Bank Itaú...sounds cool right?
This next week's e-mail should be a lot better. Anyway, we have a ton of people progressing. Even though it has been hard to get out of the office, progress is being made.
Elder Taylor Mackay