It was so much fun getting to talk to you all yesterday. Happy Mother's Day, Ma! It was good to hear that everyone is doing well.
Well we had a pretty hectic week. Throughout the start of the week we were preparing for Jobiana's wedding, and then I ended up going on exchanged to Cape Coral on Wednesday. I was working with Elder Sugrue and we had a good time together. He and his companion are really good missionary, they just don't have a whole lot going on in their area right now. We ended up tracting quite a bit, and following up with less active members in their area. They have had some testimony building experiences though, and the work is picking up there.
We got to play the role of wedding planners, which was pretty entertaining. I have decided that it probably isn't a fit for me as far as a future profession goes though. We had Zone Conference on Thursday morning, and that was a lot of fun. President is always encouraging us to be better and he shows us that it's possible to do our best each and everyday. Part of the reason why we can do that is because of the Atonement. He told us that we all need to be repenting, but that's not something to hang our heads over. We should be so happy that we even have that opportunity to progress because of repentance. I helped give a training with Elder Stegall on the steps of nightly planning. When Elder Allen came to our mission from the Missionary Department, he taught us that we were using our planners like calendars. We don't have them to just record what we have going on during the week, but they're to be used as a tool to help us be as effective as possible. Immediately following the conference we ended up changing and getting things ready to go back to the church and set up. Jobiana and France had gotten things to wear throughout the week and had ordered a bunch of Brazilian food. It was delicious. The Relief Society really pulled together as well, and set up a beautiful room for the reception to take place. I played the piano, and Bishop Hoskisson performed the ceremony. Wow, I couldn't believe how strong the Spirit felt. I didn't think there would be too many times that could compare with a baptism, but this certainly did. After Bishop had declared them husband and wife, Jobiana started to cry and it hit everyone in the room. I almost couldn't believe that it had happened. We took tons of pictures, and really enjoyed each other's company as we ate and were able to talk afterward. Quite a few people came to the wedding, and Jobiana and Frace were so grateful for what the ward had done. Unfortunately because of some legal complications with the marriage, she had to wait for three days for it to go through legally. That meant that we had to push her date back again. Now, Tuesday (tomorrow) at 6 Jobiana will be baptized, and then she will be confirmed this coming Sunday during sacrament meeting! I'm so excited for her.
Other than that, we'll be working hard with the people in our area this week. We've had some people out of town and others that have been sick recently, but hopefully that'll all pass this week.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Elder Kade Bartschi